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’
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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How to Run a Meeting

Need to run a meeting and want to know where to start?

Three books that every budding meeting facilitator should read. If you need to run meetings or workshops with your colleagues, it’s always reassuring to have some ‘go to resources’ to get you through. This is especially so if this is an occasional, rather than a regular task for you. You […]

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How to manage conflict in meetings

How to get Consensus when you have Conflict in a Meeting

Picture this…you’ve got two distinct groups in a meeting and the discussion is going off the rails. You can almost feel the physical ‘jarring’ as people take their own positions and stop listening. You can feel the anxiety growing and your pulse is thumping… How do you help the group […]

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How to Design a Successful Presentation

How to Run a Project Planning Session When You’ve Never Done it Before

Supervisors, Team Leaders and Project Managers… this one’s for you! Picture this… You have just been asked to run a project planning session. You have never facilitated before and don’t know where to start.. People working in teams get dropped into situations like this all the time. And they go […]

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Facilitation checklist

Facilitation TV – 5 Things You Need to Know Before Agreeing to Facilitate a Workshop

Picture this…the phone rings…you’ve just been asked to facilitate a last minute problem solving workshop… It’s OK, breathe-in and breathe-out slowly, there’s no need to panic. We’ve been there plenty of times and we’re actually starting to get the hang of it. It’s just like looking in your kitchen cupboard […]

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Facilitation mistakes

Facilitation TV – What was your most monumental mistake in facilitation?

Working with teams can be tough. As a facilitator, no workshop will ever go 100% to plan. In fact, legendary facilitator, Bob Dick, calls his workshop agenda ‘the fantasy for the day’. In Episode 3 of Facilitation TV my Facilitators Inner Circle colleague, Bevan Bessen and I discuss our own […]

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