A Powerful Participants' Package

What to Include in a Workshop Participants’ Package for a Major Initiative

Besides understanding the difference between meeting roles and project or work roles, provide each participant with a participants’ package or pre-read handout. At launch or kickoff or any major inflection points, consider binding a participants’ package with spiral edging across the top of your inserts because it is unique and easier for left-handed note takers.…

Develop the Basis in Four Easy Steps

How to Develop the Basis for a Successful Meeting or Workshop in Four Easy Steps

Purpose is to develop the basis for a successful meeting or workshop in four easy steps.  This preparation codifies the program purpose, project scope, session (ie, meeting or workshop) deliverables, and potential participants. Method Do the following: Write down your deliverable and strive to Get Examples! Deliverables illustrate the required documentation and needed information. What are we…

Appreciative Inquiry: Explore the Possibilities

Appreciative Inquiry — A Facilitative Path for the Future

Organizations seeking to change HOW they work may consider Appreciative Inquiry. The Appreciative Inquiry approach evaluates various viewpoints and to create an evolutionary path for the future. Appreciative Inquiry leverages brainstorming, prioritizing, sub-teams, and various other tools we’ve discussed elsewhere, putting them in the context of: “ . . . study and exploration of what…

Cleanliness as a Value

Values Provide and Answer to Who are We ? — Benjamin Franklin Called Them Virtues

We always find it interesting that consulting firms promulgate their own, unique operational definitions. For instance, the term ‘values’ can be found called many things including “Guiding Principles”, “Tenets of Operation”, “Virtues”, “Essential Elements”, etc. Consequently, values provide answers to Who are We ? — Benjamin Franklin called them virtues. Generally, they all describe answers…

Political Risks in Meetings --- Interviewing Questions

Interviewing Questions to Ask to Understand Political Risks in Meetings

Interview participants to understand as much as possible about them, the people they work with, and their business. To understand the political risks in meetings, speak with your participants. Preferably, sit with them one-on-one for about 30 minutes. Speak with each face-to-face, or at least by way of a teleconference. Political Risks in Meetings — Interview…

Three Forms of Persuasion

What Aristotle Might Say to Facilitators Who Cannot Remove Bias

Argumentation can be described as the SMart approach to persuasion. It combines appeals to logic, or the Scientific Method, along with an appreciation of artistic attributes that that make the appeals more persuasive and convincing. Specifically Aristotle discusses three drivers of persuasive success: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos. Good facilitators ought familiarize themselves with all three. Here’s…

Good and Bad Muscle Memory

Facilitate: Indispensable in Guide to the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge ®

How to run a better meeting is like learning to be a better listener, easy to understand but hard to do. Why? Poor muscle memory. What can we do about it? Change our muscle memory. While perfect practice remains the best way to overcome poor muscle memory, take a closer look at the International Institute of…

Structuring Meetings

Compelling Reasons for Structured Meetings — Positive Impact on Stakeholders

The dynamism of business wisdom demands the application of knowledge, stuff you find ‘in−formation’ (not static). Compound those dynamics with the challenge of organizing a group of people. Groups of people fail (or operate at sub-optimal levels) either because they don’t care, don’t have the talent, or don’t know how. Structured meetings and facilitation training…

Purposes of Meetings

94 Different Purposes of Meetings Based on More than 12 Factors

While by no means ‘exhaustive’, we researched and assembled various meeting types and purposes of meetings from dozens of sources, too many to provide attribution for a brief blog (write us if you want more detail). Therefore, we discovered it humorous that the world does not even agree on the definition of a ‘type.’ We…