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’
Facilitating conflict in meetings

Facilitators Need to Embrace Conflict

As facilitators, we’re likely to step into situations where there’s overt or more often, underlying conflict. In this ‘on the couch’ episode of Facilitation TV,  Margo O’Byrne and I revisit conflict in meetings. We’re discussing it from a facilitators perspective. By asking participants to discuss a situation openly, we consciously […]

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facilitation tool

A New Facilitation Tool for your Toolkit

Group Map – a new Facilitation Tool I’ve updated my facilitation tool kit and am considering throwing away the flipchart…almost In two recent workshops I’ve utilised the online facilitation tool, Group Map, to capture outputs. It’s a great alternative to the omni-present flipchart paper that can often bring groans of […]

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Change Management Tips

Simple Processes for Change Management

Change management can often seem like an endless and highly complex process. Where does it start? When does it stop? How do I do it? Having a structured approach to assist groups to deal with change is ‘your friend in a time of need.’ I asked Bevan Bessen and Margo […]

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How to Design a Successful Presentation

Meeting Design – Simple Tips to Help You When Time is Really Tight

Three simple tips to help in effective meeting design Picture this…you’ve just come out of a planning meeting with your manager or client. And you’re feeling a bit anxious, maybe even a little queezy. The good news (maybe…) is that you have their confidence. They want you to design and […]

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meeting icebreakers

When NOT to use Meeting Icebreakers

Meeting Icebreakers – Do They Still Have a Place in Your Meetings or Workshops? Running an meeting icebreaker activity poses lots of challenges. To Break, Or Not To Break… That is the question. Well, it is for a lot of people starting out in facilitation anyway. Episode 11 of Facilitation […]

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How to run a meeting

The Future of Facilitation

“Facilitation is about participation and empowerment of people to put them in charge of what they want to do and help them put their own future in their hands.” This is a powerful definition of ‘facilitation’ by Bevan Bessen of the Facilitators Inner Circle. It rings true right now. But […]

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