14 Typologies to Avoid

14 Facilitator Typologies to Avoid (Humorous, Although Uncannily Real)

Here is a quick and somewhat humorous listing of fourteen different facilitator typologies or “personalities” you might seek to avoid. Our favorite is “The Pretender.” The “I Can’t Hear You” Guy— The facilitator who refuses to listen, probably because they are too busy analyzing, judging, and processing information. The Blabber— The facilitator who loves the…

Facilitating Kum-Bay-Yah Decision-Making Matrix to Guide Selection of Structured Facilitation Tools

For-Profit Meetings Requires Structure Not Found in Facilitating Kum-Ba-Yah

Facilitating business requirements captures substantially different challenges than facilitating Kum-Ba-Yah community forums and other volunteer-based meetings. While active listening serves both scenarios, decision-making that supports most business initiatives differs from win-lose voting methods. Frequently, business facilitators are not seeking agreement, rather harmony. The difference follows. Agreement suggests that everyone is singing the same note, perhaps…

Same Height?

Be on Guard for Selective Perception and other Meeting Participant Biases

Guard against selective perception.  As their session leader, remember that everything heard in a meeting or workshop is interpreted and filtered differently by participants. They will hear or see differently based on their individual biases, or colored lenses. To illustrate the point, the vastly different pictures below are all from the same area in space…

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…