Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

One of the toughest tasks of a facilitator is to relinquish judgement and fully seek the intent behind the terms used in meetings. Therefore, facilitate meaning, not words. Structured workshops support the information revolution (as opposed to the 20th century industrial revolution). Therefore, remind participants that their words provide instruments supporting the meaning being conveyed. The term…

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Considerations on How to Facilitate Europeans and Asians

An alumnae wrote about preparing for an executive workshop and how to facilitate Europeans and Asians between two different companies. Their deliverable captured a strategy document of their alliance to work with each other in their supply chain. Specifically the alumnus inquired about anything in particular to avoid or encourage. Specific Solution on How to…

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Responsibility Matrix, Agenda Design, and Parking Lot Management

Responsibility Matrix, Agenda Design, and Parking Lot Management

We began posting Facilitation Best Practices in 2011. Find below our three most popular posts, including Parking Lot Management. Transform Your Responsibility Matrix into a GANTT Chart — Frequently we don’t get much actual “work” done in a business meeting. Rather, we learn, decide, and agree on activities that need advancing after the meeting. There…

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Host Facilitated Sessions

Five Compelling Business Reasons: Why Host Facilitated Sessions

The most important action most people take every day is to make choices, to decide. Properly made decisions amplify productivity. Choose wisely when to work alone, speak with another person, or call for a team meeting. Here are five compelling reasons to host facilitated sessions: Why host facilitated sessions? The advantages to a structured meeting or workshop…

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How to Manage Group Conflict Resulting in Higher Quality Deliverables

How to Manage Group Conflict Resulting in Higher Quality Deliverables

Don’t Run. A facilitator sees conflict in a workshop coming from the group and coming from within. Internal and external conflict reflect emotions that, when harnessed, enable creative change. Therefore, a facilitator must understand and manage group conflict. A meeting without conflict is a boring meeting, and we’ve seen very little value derived from predictable…

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When Facilitating, How to Categorize

When Facilitating, How to Categorize List of Ideas and Inputs

One of the worst questions a facilitator could ask is “How would you like to categorize these?” That’s why they hired you. Categorizing and creating clusters of related items (or processes) makes it easier for a group to stay focused in subsequent discussions. Learn the secret now when the challenge is how to categorize when…

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How to Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment

How to Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment

The primary responsibility of a facilitator is to protect the participants. Secondarily, the facilitator helps drive the group toward its desired deliverable. Since the deliverable is built to serve the participants, the people take priority over the issues. To some extent, both people and issues are managed by creating an environment that is conducive to…

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