For more effective meetings, all of our classes integrate leadership, facilitation, and meeting design (methodology).
- WHY — Leadership training ensures that we begin with the end in mind. WHY we’re meeting equates with what does DONE look like? The best facilitators in the world will fail miserably if they don’t know where they are going. The worst facilitators can still succeed when the deliverable is clear and has an impact on the quality of life of the meeting participants.
- WHAT — Once it has been made clear where we are going, facilitation skills make it easier to know WHAT to do to make a meeting successful. Unfortunately, we have developed poor muscle memory over the years. Some behaviors need to be ‘unlearned’ before new behaviors are embraced. The only way to change such behaviors is through practice and immersion. Talking heads (ie, instructor’s lips are moving) won’t do it. Only active participation and practice will work at instilling effective and facilitative behaviors.
- HOW — Even a great facilitator who knows where they are going (ie, What DONE looks like) still needs structured meeting design. They need to know HOW they are going to build consensus and get a group of people from the meeting Introduction to the Wrap. While the best designs, methodologies, or approaches (ie, Agenda) have more than one right answer, there is one wrong answer — if the meeting leader does not know HOW they are going to do it.
The amount of available practice time (personal feedback) and time for covering various tools and agendas (methodologies) explains the primary difference in the classes below.