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

FAST alumni know that the single most important ingredient to meeting and workshop success is thorough preparation. 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 most important…

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…

A3 Project Questions

Two Dozen A3 Project Questions to Manage Triple Constraints

Here are some sequentially listed A3 project questions, borrowed from a project approach called A3, that serve as a litmus test for determining the overall health of a project.  The answers, or lack thereof, serve as a leading indicator for subsequent meeting focus and areas of exploration for the facilitator. A3 Project Questions (To what extent)…

The Information (a book by James Gleick)

Information is Physical — The Information (a brief review of James Gleick’s treatise)

Information is Physical “To do anything requires energy.  To specify what is done requires information.” –Seth Lloyd (2006) c/o James Gleick “The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood” released by First Vintage Books in march 2012, and written by James Gleick © 2011, will leave you exhilarated with the implications of information as a…

Content Neutrality

Content Neutrality — Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Bubbles

Content neutrality describes the single most important trait of an effective facilitator.  As a YMCA-certified SCUBA diver, we were taught to “take only photographs and leave only bubbles.”  Likewise, an effective facilitator should take only participant input and leave only a thorough trail of documentation and rationale. You will find this premise emphasized in the 27th…