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…

Increasing Meeting Contributions from Quiet People

Five Ways to Facilitate Quiet People to Get Them to Participate

Pardon the expression, but they say that a leopard cannot change his or her spots. You are not going to convert quiet people into aggressive extroverts who dominate a meeting. However, there are simple steps that you can take to increase the velocity of contributions from quiet people. Interview Your Participants, Especially Quiet People It is so important,…

Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy: Create Uncontested Market Space

The MGRUSH technique encourages different approaches based on whether your project is seeking incremental gain or requires real breakthrough. Blue Ocean Strategy promotes breakthrough thinking, justified by the higher profits such thinking generates among companies studied by its authors, Kim and Mauborgne.[1] The authors note the failures of companies over the past fifteen to twenty years—since the publishing…