Facilitation

Using an independent facilitator to run your meeting means that you can be free to participate. You can focus on the topic at hand without being worried about keeping the meeting on track, managing different participants or being unfairly judged as having too much influence or bias on the process.

Using an independent facilitator also ensures that:

  • You have a process design that identifies a clear purpose and outcomes
  • All participants have the opportunity to contribute
  • Your assumptions are ‘tested’ through having the situation viewed from a ‘fresh perspective’
Defensive meeting participants

How to deal with defensive meeting participants

A simple strategy to manage defensive meeting participants Clients are constantly telling me that dealing with defensive meeting participants is a common challenge in their workplace, especially when it comes to internal or team meetings. What may be driving defensive meeting participants There are often polarised views around the table, […]

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What have been your Turning Points in 2017?

How to use the Turning Points exercise to improve trust and understanding within your team It’s easy to get caught in the ‘busyness’ of business as we head into the festive season. A fab client of mine said this week, “Yes we are certainly feeling the pressure as always at […]

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Focus on the things that really matter – hold a team review and planning workshop

Here’s why team review and planning is vital in the coming 22 days… We’re about to hit December and you know it is the silly season. For your team there is lots going on – school commitments, social functions, holidays to prepare for and shopping to get done. All this […]

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Be a Prepared in Facilitation

I wasn’t prepared for the worst – are you?

This morning I was driving back to Perth, after running a late-night community planning workshop in a small country town. It’s called Dowerin, about two hours east of Perth. I leave at 6.30am it’s a cool, breezy morning and head towards home. About 20 minutes later, I round a curve […]

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Providing feedback

A simple model to help you in providing feedback to team members

The AEIOU Model for Providing Feedback Providing feedback should occur regularly in groups or between two people, at any level of your team, group or organisation. It can be used between manager and team member; team member to team member; or manager to manager. Focusing on collaboration or a Win/Win […]

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How to Gain Agreement in Groups

How to Gain Agreement in Groups

A challenge faced by many facilitators is to gain agreement in groups. We recently explored some options to use to gain agreement in groups. Often, groups get stuck on what they disagree on and can’t move forward (e.g. in a strategic planning workshop). A strategy that was worked for me […]

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