How To Manage Breakout Sessions

How to Manage Breakout Sessions (3 Minute Productivity WOW)

Breakout sessions or breakout teams enable groups to capture more information in less time. Breaking groups up is also effective at overcoming the monotony of relying too much on narrative Brainstorming.  With strong active listening, the session leader (aka, facilitator) may take up to one-half of the total talk time by setting up context and providing thorough reflection…

VideoPresence Differences

How to Facilitate Virtual Meetings and Participants, VideoPresence (Part 3 of 3)

Core facilitation skills apply to both face-to-face and virtual meetings,  To facilitate videopresence meetings, the session leader must speak clearly, provide active listening (especially feedback and confirmation), ask appropriate questions, manage time constraints and personality issues, etc.  Our discussion that follows below and in the previous two FAST Monthlys, focus on what is different with with the conclusion…

VideoPresence Differences

How to Facilitate Virtual Participants and Meetings (Part 2 of 3)

Core facilitation skills apply to both face-to-face and virtual participants and meetings.  With teleconference or video presence meetings, the session leader must speak clearly, provide active listening (especially feedback and confirmation), ask appropriate questions, manage time constraints and personality issues, etc. Our discussion that follows below and in the previous/ next blog, focus on what is…

How to Actively Listen Relies on Reflection

The Four Steps to Actively Listen – Strive to Reflect Rationale

Actively listen and capture one of the most important aspects of effective facilitation. As an active listener, you feedback (emphasize, restate) what the speaker has offered to the group, and more importantly, why.  Be sure to reflect on the rationale, the ‘because’ behind the speaker’s main point.  To actively listen serves several purposes: Often, the participant is formulating thoughts…