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 temperature controlled food storage areas.” To improve group clarity, consider the following.
Extemporaneous leaders also have a tendency to transition during meetings with broad questions like, “Are we OK with this list?”, “Can we move on?”, or “Anything else?”. Facilitate with prepared structure and precision by modifying your transitions with these three questions, modified to your own situation:
- Do we need to clarify anything? (scrub for clarity)
- Do we need to delete anything? (scrub for relevancy or redundancy)
- Do we need to add anything to this list? (scrub for omissions)
The three detailed questions make it easier for meeting participants to analyze, agree, and move on.
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- You Can Effectively Facilitate a Group of People With These Three Principles (mgrush.com/blog)
- SCAMPER is a Mnemonic to Prompt for Excellent, Impromptu Questions (mgrush.com/blog)