Meeting preparedness


How ready are you for your next meeting? Do you know the purpose, what will be discussed, and who’s attending? Is the meeting necessary and what does the facilitator hope to achieve? Have you read the pre-brief and any background materials? Have you anticipated questions that need to be asked or problems that need to be addressed? Will a decision … Read More

Group discussions


Group discussions can move quickly and shift between topics with ease.  Keeping people focused on a conversation will challenge even the most experienced facilitators.  People need to be given space to explore but also need to be aware of the limits. A conversation may twist and turn or stop and stall.  And then it will pick back up and change … Read More

The words you use


Talking is like paint.  Done well and it can make something look (and sound) better.  When a topic is presented poorly it can cause people to lose confidence or interest in what you are doing. Talking is more than just about the words that you use.  The tone, form, and structure of your speech can have just as much impact as your … Read More