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…

How to Actively Listen Relies on Reflection

The Four Steps to Active Listening – Strive to Reflect Rationale

Active listening captures 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 the rationale, the ‘because’ behind the speaker’s main point. Active listening serves several purposes: Often, the participant is formulating…

Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

One of the toughest tasks of a facilitator is to relinquish judgement and fully seek the intent behind the terms used in meetings. Therefore, facilitate meaning, not words. Structured workshops support the information revolution (as opposed to the 20th century industrial revolution). Therefore, remind participants that their words provide instruments supporting the meaning being conveyed. The term…

How to Facilitate Scientists

Considerations on How to Facilitate Scientists, Asians, and Europeans

Recently on a blog, an informal group of mathematicians solved a tough and long-standing mathematics problem in a few weeks. Additionally an MG RUSH alumnae wrote about preparing for an executive workshop and how to facilitate Europeans and Asians between two different companies. The following captures considerations on how to facilitate scientists, as well as considerations…

'The Strategy' Compared to 'a Strategic Plan'

‘ The Strategy ‘ Compared to ‘The Strategies’ or, a ‘Strategic Plan’

“The strategy”, much like the term “quality” gets abused and should used very carefully. “The strategy” can be used unambiguously only when used with clear perspective. Be careful to distinguish between the working definitions of “the strategy” compared with “a strategy” (or “the strategies”) and contrasted with “a strategic plan.” To a sharp-listening facilitator, sensitive…