Closely Manage Meeting Boundaries

Meeting Boundaries to Closely Manage: Directed or Facilitated

While there are three primary types of business meetings: information sharing, instructional or directional task-related meetings, and facilitated or developed task-related meetings, an effective leader must closely manage the meeting boundaries to prevent scope creep and get done on time. Information Sharing Meetings Information sharing meetings primarily capture one-way communication with information presented from the speaker to…

8 Meeting Purposes

What Takes the Energy from Meetings with Good People and Intent?

Amazingly, talented people who care can come together and yet fail demonstrably in a ‘meeting.’ Meetings fail is because the participants do not know HOW TO succeed. Not knowing how takes the energy from meetings. To improve your meetings, you should also understand the causes of failure. Chaos 
Without Structure To contend with difficulties, take…

Indirect Meeting Costs and Challenges

Indirect Meeting Costs and Other Related Challenges

Meetings are frequently a fix for poor leadership. Most would rather go to a movie than sit in a two-hour meeting. Almost all poor movies at least contain a beginning, middle, and end. Indirect meeting costs represent a huge area for cost control and improved return on investment. Meetings are very expensive. Today’s business world is…

Easel Sample

How to Improve Use Easels When Facilitating Meetings and Workshops

The National Speakers’ Association once stated that the most important change speakers could make to be more effective would be to be more facilitative. By that they meant the use of interaction, solicitation, and capture of participants’ ideas. Whether you are a speaker, teacher, coach, or traditional facilitator, it is good to develop competence around…

Effective Training

4 Considerations Providing and Participating in Training

Training activities enhance knowledge and offer employees a reason to stay with an organization. Professional development remains a highly effective retention method. Reputations can also be enhanced when participating in training. Unfortunately, when organizations make budget cuts, training and education frequently suffer first. While intended to help control costs, less knowledgeable employees will not be…

Better Listeners

How You Can Help Your Meeting Participants Become Better Listeners

The facilitator is ideally situated to help meeting participants become better listeners. Dr Ralph Nichols, “Father of the Field of Listening”, notes three behaviors that perfectly align with the roles of facilitator, and you ought exhibit, which will create better listeners during meetings. First of all, anticipate the speaker’s next point
. As facilitator, your anticipation helps shape your…

Three Questions

Three Questions You Need to Answer Before Your Meeting Begins

You must consider these three questions before you take on the role of session leader for any meeting or workshop. Prompted by “Three (Incredibly Simple) Questions The Most Successful People Use To Change The World,” Forbes contributor Mike Maddock published an article that could have been cut and paste (figuratively) from the FAST Facilitative Leadership…

Interviewing Participants

Best Method for Interviewing Participants Before Your Meetings and Workshops

MG RUSH alumni know that the single most important ingredient to meeting and workshop success is thorough preparation. Because, there is no “silver bullet” to save a session leader who is ill prepared. The most important activity while preparing for a meeting is to know where you are going—ie, ‘What is the deliverable?’ The next…

Facilitators vs. Dictators

Facilitators vs. Dictators: Facilitators are More Popular

Comparing facilitators vs dictators we surprisingly discover that the term ‘facilitator’ become more popular. As measured by frequency of use, the trend for facilitator rises since 1995. The message is clear. If you want to be more popular, be a facilitator and not a dictator! For example, in the chart and results below, we compared…

Crucial Conversations Dialogue Model

Facilitating Crucial Conversations and the Dialogue Model

Numerous students have asked if we have read Crucial Conversations : Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, and so we did. Most of us do not take time to read everything on our “Book List”. Therefore, please find our takeaways as they apply to being a more effective facilitator. For your benefit they are listed sequentially…