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’
balance enthusiasm with empathy as a facilitator

Facilitator Empathy – Balancing your enthusiasm

Insights from a butcher on balancing empathy with enthusiasm when you’re a facilitator… “Don’t worry if your glass is half full or half empty, be glad you have a glass.” This is a quote from Vince Gareffa’s autobiography. A fantastic story written by a butcher from Perth who started out […]

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Facilitation training

Get Facilitation Training to Work

Making Facilitation Training Become a Culture of Facilitation in Your Workplace Margo O’Byrne and I provide our tips around the leverage points to formalise facilitation training in your workplace. These are based on the award-winning facilitation training programs we designed and delivered for Fremantle Ports. In this episode of Facilitation […]

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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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