“Brainsteering” Recommends 5 Activities to Improve Brainstorming

Through more robust planning and preparation, the facilitator and methodologist can do much to amplify the brainstorming tool. Here are five activities to help you. The Harper-Collins book “Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas” written by the brothers Kevin and Shawn Coyne reinforces these five, highly practical considerations to facilitate effective innovation sessions. Develop Optimal…

Effective Meeting Wrap up

Most Meetings Don’t End, They Stop: Use a Professional Meeting Wrap Up

Daniel Pink’s book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing stresses the importance of the meeting wrap up. He calls it “ending on a high note.” Others refer to the recency effect. Below find the four most critical activities needed to facilitate a memorable and notable meeting wrap up: #1-Review, #2-Next Steps, #3-Communications, and #4-Assessment.…

Leadership Style

Leadership Style and How to Improve Yours Quickly

Leadership style depends largely on the flow of content: Directive—one-way, Consultative—equal partner in content, and Exploratory—facilitative, not adding content. Directive A leader who predominantly gives direction and guidance with little participation or content added by the group characterizes this leadership style. Directive leadership is appropriate when the purpose is to share information quickly and clearly,…

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

Meeting Challenges Take the Energy from Meetings with Good 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. Meeting challenges include anything that takes the energy from meetings. To deal with low energy, first understand the causes of meeting challenges. Chaos 
Without Structure To contend with…

Easel Sample

Improve Now — How to 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…