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Plan your Meetings

Ensure important issues are discussed!

If you want to be sure the most important issues are discussed and resolved at your next meeting, plan the meeting ahead of time. Too often managers hold meetings that are not planned; the right topics are not on the agenda for discussion. When we aren’t talking about the issues […]

Facilitating Discussions during Meetings: 8 Steps to Success

Too often in meetings, although there are good intentions, discussions go on too long and the objectives of the discussion are not achieved. Following some simple best practices will enable for more effective discussions during meetings, ensuring that the discussions are well-facilitated. Consider these eight best practices steps for ensuring an effective and worthwhile (and […]

Yes! You Must Facilitate Meetings

In order to increase productivity

When a meeting is actively facilitated rather than just keeping it unstructured, the following benefits are realized:

There is active participation and contribution by all attendees Topics of discussion tend to be better balanced – with a focus on both pros and cons There is a likelihood of more creative […]

Common Behaviors of Great Facilitators

Effective facilitators display a variety of behaviors that make them successful at what they do. These include:

Gathering data prior to the facilitation Staying focused and positive Striving for consensus Having a plan, but remaining flexible Staying on the sidelines

Let’s discuss each of these and how these behaviors enable for successful facilitation:

Gathering data […]

Evaluating How Well You Facilitate Meetings

Do you know how well you facilitate your meetings? You should! Your ability to effectively facilitate meetings enables for more productive, effective and efficient meetings that meet the stated goals and objectives.

To improve upon your meetings, evaluate the next meeting you have through a self-evaluation and through asking participants to evaluate the meeting.

Do […]