Chairing Meetings

17 Valuable Tips and Considerations when Chairing Meetings

Many skills required to facilitate also apply to chairing meetings. Success begins with vision and meeting vision comes alive by articulating the purpose, scope, and objectives in advance.  Other considerations that support successful facilitating or chairing rely heavily on people skills such as: Ability to trust in the good nature of the human spirit, even in high-risk situations…

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Simple One-Page Agenda Example

One-Page Agenda Provides Powerful Impact for Effective Meetings

Regardless of source, style, or bias, experts/ authorities on effective meetings use at least a one-page agenda.  Some organizations even encourage meeting participants NOT to attend if there is no agenda, since the meeting time represents a high probability of wasted time.  He or she who controls the agenda, controls the meeting.  Based on a…

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MG Rush Facilitation Training

8 Meeting Purposes – What Tasks Are You Asking a Group to Complete?

Effective meetings are first based on clear line of sight to an end result, preferably something that can be documented.  Yet all too often meeting purposes rely on determining WHAT the deliverable should be. Consequently, using meeting time to determine the meeting deliverable indicates unclear thinking and weak methodology.  As a result, see the eight most common reasons…

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Meeting Competence

9 Tips Proven to Increase Meeting Competence and Output Quality

Without effective leadership, you can win the agenda but lose the meeting. Meeting competence demands that you take responsibility to prevent collective incompetence. For example, do not allow ‘showboating’ and meetings within meetings. Additionally, consider the following suggestions to improve meeting competence. Meeting Competence Considers . . . Acronyms and BuzzWords—Create a visual legend for…

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Method to Build a Consensual Definition

How to Facilitate Consensual Definitions through Structure and Focused Listening

To build an operational and consensual definition that your group can live with, in their own words, and with their understanding, use the following method. Since narrative descriptions alone may fall short of the entire meaning, we also want to support the consensual definition with illustration and examples. Rationale To arrive at a consensual definition…

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How to Facilitate Group or Team Decision Using Pros and Cons

How to Facilitate Decision-Making Using Pros and Cons

First, here is the traditional Pros and Cons method according to its creator, Benjamin Franklin: “For pros and cons, my way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one pro, and over the other con; then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the…

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How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

Facilitative leadership provides the best assurance that team leads/ project managers can overcome project pitfalls.  Borrowing from the PMBoK (ie, Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge) and other published sources, following are seven of the most common project pitfalls. A discussion about each follows below. 7 Project Pitfalls Abandonment of Planning Feature (Scope) Creep Omitting…

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15 Fun and Quick Tips to Help You Become a More Successful Facilitative Leader

15 Fun and Quick Tips to Help You Become a More Successful Facilitative Leader

Here are fifteen fun and quick tips to help you become more successful while facilitating. “The wisdom of the crowd” effect has long been recognized, but scientists have gone further by showing that the strategy works even when the crowd consists of one person (Scientific American Mind, pg 14, Oct-Nov 2008). Brain research on Buddhist…

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brainsteering

“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…

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