Three Questions for Clarity and Precision

Three Precise Questions that Improve Group Clarity and Build Consensus

We have learned during facilitated meetings and workshops, that it’s not easy for participants to respond to broad questions like “How do you solve global hunger?”  While meaningful, the question’s scope is too broad (and perhaps vague) to stimulate specific, actionable (ie, SMART) responses like “We could convert eight abandoned mine shafts in Somalia to create…

Better Listeners

How You Can Help Your Meeting Participants Become Better Listeners

The facilitator is ideally situated to help meeting participants become better listeners. Dr Ralph Nichols, “Father of the Field of Listening”, notes three behaviors that perfectly align with the roles of facilitator, and you ought exhibit, which will create better listeners during meetings. First of all, anticipate the speaker’s next point
. As facilitator, your anticipation helps shape your…

The Information (a book by James Gleick)

Information is Physical — The Information (a brief review of James Gleick’s treatise)

Information is Physical “To do anything requires energy. To specify what is done requires information.” –Seth Lloyd (2006) c/o James Gleick “The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood” released by First Vintage Books in march 2012, and written by James Gleick © 2011, will leave you exhilarated with the implications of information as a…

Meeting Participation (Preparation)

Tips for Improved Participation in Meetings

Great meetings include certain, repeatable characteristics. A high level of participation in meetings frequently indicates the likelihood of a great meeting.  What encourages participation? Here are some meeting participation tips worth reviewing. We share select characteristics with you through the sequence they would occur in a well-conducted meeting; namely the beginning, the middle, and the…

Rhetorical Precision and Clear Communications

Rhetorical Precision and Clear Communications — Stress Substance Over Style

Rhetorical precision suggests that words reflect meaning, much like illustrations, symbols, and numbers. Challenging the fixed meaning of words, our languages reflect dynamic qualities and change constantly. For example, today there are more than one million words in the English language. Additionally, each word represents multiple meanings. Therefore, clear communications can be seen as an…