Facilitation Do’s and Don’ts

12 Critical Facilitation Do’s and Don’ts During Meetings, Sessions, and Workshops

Our students have clamored for a quick-reference checklist of the most important facilitation Do’s and Don’ts. In response, we bring you the brief, yet powerful, list below (alpha-sorted by the highlighted term or phrase). Please note that the highlighted facilitation do’s and don’ts are linked to articles that provide additional examples, evidence, and supporting rationale.…

Structured Facilitation Sessions

Five Compelling Business Reasons To Use Structured Facilitation Sessions

The most important action you take every day is to make choices–to decide.  Your productivity amplifies when your decisions are optimal. Therefore, choose wisely when to work alone, speak with another person, or call for a meeting. Here are five compelling reasons for when to use structured facilitation sessions: Advantages to Structured Facilitation Sessions Higher…

Premier Facilitators

Twelve Behaviors that Define Great Facilitators

  Today we bring you twelve significant behaviors that define successful, professional facilitators. (ie, GREAT Facilitators) Our scope focuses on structured facilitation (NOT Kum-Bah-Yah) that requires a balanced blend of leadership, facilitation, and methodology. (An alpha sort sequences the following, not order of importance). 7:59 AM preparation and interviews 
(ie, managing expectations and ownership) — Increased experience forces top…

Estimating Meeting Length

Estimating Meeting Length and Workshop Duration | Tips and Guidelines

Proper workshop duration and estimating meeting length help set the schedules and expectations of participants.  Stay cautious because if done incorrectly, your sessions risk premature completion and poor quality.  Additionally, if your schedule expands, expect scheduling problems and erosion of session leader credibility. ______ General Guidelines for Estimating Meeting Length Schedule workshops for no more…

How to Facilitate Board Meetings

5 Tips on How to Facilitate Board Meetings (or Committees)

You may effectively facilitate Board Meetings by relying on Robert’s Rules of Order, however, blend in facilitative leadership skills to improve your decision quality. In 1876 General Henry M. Robert wrote the rules of American Congress (Parliamentary Procedure) for all citizens and societal groups with his publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order.  Nearly…

MG RUSH FAST Facilitation Leadership Weekly

Lunch and Learn: FAST Structured Facilitation Gems or Takeaways

Prepared as a Lunch and Learn guide, you will find twelve FAST Structured Facilitation gems worth remembering. They are listed in alphabetical order, rather than order of importance. From the perspectives of curriculum developers, instructors, and students, here are the most significant learnings offered by the FAST curriculum and structured facilitation technique. ONE:   7:59am preparation and…

Backup Meeting Output

Tips on How to Backup Meeting Output from Whiteboards/ Easels

Using your telephone or a separate camera to record and backup meeting output will help you avoid losing valuable information.  You will capture various benefits with very little time or resource required. A backup provides a strong sense of security from loss of information gathered during your meetings and workshops. Backup Meeting Output from a Whiteboard or…

Five Meeting Problems and What You Should Do About Them

Five Common Meeting Problems and What You Should Do About Them

Ever develop that sense of deja vu about not getting anywhere during a meeting?  Meeting problems are indicative of resistance that is generated during a meeting.  Resistance can be prevented and mitigated with professional behavior.  Here’s what to do about five common meeting problems. 1.  Meeting Problems — Lack of clear purpose All too frequently, meetings are…

Structuring Meetings vs. Workshops

Differences Between Meetings and Workshops – Structure

If it seems that workshops are actually well-run meetings, that is true to a certain degree. Facilitated workshops and well-run meetings are very similar. The main differences between meetings and workshops are: Meetings Primarily intended to inform by exchanging information Agenda steps are frequently time-boxed Tending to have informally defined roles and a non-neutral leader…

A Metaphor is Worth a Thousand Pictures

A Metaphor is Worth a Thousand Pictures: Explain Via Analogy

In the role of facilitator, you will discover a lot of power by using metaphors or analogies to explain your method. Avoid using the content and experience of the subject matter experts.  In other words, a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures.  To use “their” content violates neutrality.  Using a metaphor or analogy about which…