Meeting Facilitation

Do you ever find yourself stuck – unable to deal with a particularly difficult issue or to move forward through a time of change? 

Our professional facilitators work with boards, teams and work groups to identify key issues, create agendas for dealing with those issues and implement strategies to address those issues to affect positive change.

Our facilitators have excellent listening skills, exceptional group awareness, and the ability to help people articulate their ideas. With a white board or flip charts, the facilitator jots down ideas as people come up with them, prevents individuals from interrupting each other, and provides an opportunity for quieter people, hesitant to share their ideas, a chance to contribute to the discussion. The use of an outside, objective facilitator, whose job is to focus on the process, allows everyone to participate completely, enabling them to share their knowledge and expertise.

A facilitator’s job goes beyond running the meeting.  Prior to the event, the facilitator meets with key individuals to determine the goals of the meeting and the issues that need to be addressed.  The facilitator may survey or interview participants to gain more knowledge to help make the meeting successful.  An agenda is then developed and agreed on by the meeting leaders.  The agenda, along with appropriate background resources, are sent to the participants prior to the meeting to ensure that the group understands the purpose of the meeting and the issues that will be addressed.

Facilitation works well with retreats, strategic planning, decision-making, brainstorming, and team building.

 

Retreats

When do you find time to focus on the big picture and think strategically?  Too often the day-to-day pressures of doing the work and meeting deadlines preclude people from seeing beyond the daily grind. Getting away from the office allows boards, management teams and/or work units to step back and refocus. The goal may be more strategic, planning for the future or more focused on enhancing the effectiveness of a team or group.

 

Strategic Planning Programs

Would you like your organization to be more strategic and have an action plan for success?  Whether you work for a large or small organization, government agency or non-profit, strategic planning programs help you move forward and address long-term concerns.  The facilitator’s job is to assist in every aspect of the strategic planning process including: conducting surveys, moderating focus groups, working with internal constituents, identifying key stakeholders and customers, facilitating meetings, and writing plans.

 

Creative Brainstorming Meetings

Would you like to come up with powerful, creative ideas that address a particular problem or topic?  Consider a facilitated Brainstorming Meeting. By presenting an issue to five or ten people, you obtain a wider array of different ideas much faster than any one person could do on their own. As you know, brainstorming can be a wild and uncontrollable process.  Our facilitators are trained to encourage, yet at the same time,  manage and control the group as they express all of their ideas.

 

Team Building Programs

Would you like your team to be more motivated and effective?  Team building is the process by which a group of people are encouraged to learn about themselves, each other, and their leader(s) and about how these components fit together to maximize team success.  Working closely with the team leader, an outside facilitator develops the team-building program and then facilitates interactions among team members, be they employees or managers. Team Building may occur when the team is in conflict or when things are going well.  It may be a one-time event or a series of events over a period of time.  Assessments such as the MBTI are often used to help understand the similarities and differences of the team members and to make predictions about team effectiveness based on those similarities and differences.