Group Participation, Facilitator tools, meeting dynamics,

The One Stop Shopping Tool

Ever since I started facilitating 25 years ago, I’ve come to rely on scanning tools to help me begin well with a group. We all have some of these tools I am sure. They are called environmental scan, trend analysis, wave analysis, wall of wonder, journey wall, historical scan, lessons learned exercises and story telling. …

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Top 12 Suite of Tools for the Competent Facilitator

In my 24+ years of running a facilitator business, I feel there are 12 top skills you require as a facilitator to meet the needs of your clients. When you develop these skills, you grow in your own ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Below I offer my brief thoughts of…

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Space: The Final Frontier of Facilitation

Highlights from the International Association of Facilitator’s Conference Do you know what I’m talking about if I say I have a little ache in my heart because I’m missing being with my IAF friends?  I returned home to Portland, Oregon in Northwestern USA from spending 5 days in Orlando, Florida (southeastern USA) being with many…

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One Small Change = HUGE Improvement in Meeting Dynamics

You’re in a meeting. You have a lot of items to cover. You are in charge of the meeting. You ask a lot of questions like: Do you all agree with this? Is this acceptable to you?  Do you like this idea? You like to be in control of what happens. People seem to be…

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Be Known For Your Razor Sharp Meeting Principles

So you’re running a lot of meetings, and you never have time to prepare for them, and you’re not sure if they are very effective, and you really don’t have time to think about making them better! Sound familiar?  Ok – help is here! Here is your short guide to six common principles for effective…

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What About Having Culturally Competent Meetings that Rock?

In April we started our first in a three part series of free webinars called “Meetings That Rock”.  I realized that in the promotional video that I made some cultural competency mistakes.  A colleague talked about this with me and it was embarrassing that after all my cultural competency training and quest to be a…

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Why Brainstorming Often Fails

Are you making the right kind of “splash” with your brainstorming technique? We suspect you have seen poor brainstorming technique by people not trained.  Typically here is how brainstorming goes: The meeting person says: “We have problem x. What can we do to solve it?” They write down as many ideas as they can get from…

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