Many of us have been in meetings that didn’t quite flow or lacked a specific agenda and/or goals. Strong facilitators know a well-crafted meeting plan is the backbone of any organized and dynamic meeting. Participants must be fully engaged and focused on outcomes set for the meeting.
The following are some additional ideas to consider when planning your next facilitation with other professionals, clients, and even potential clients.
At times, it will be necessary to clarify the problem at hand. Consider the following ways to effectively deal with clarification and resolution of problems.
Force field analysis is useful for clarifying a problem, and finding solutions responsive to specific obstacles preventing goal achievement. Consider these steps:
And finally, meetings should close with identified next steps and follow-up that is specific and time-deadlined stated.
[Merry Neitlich is managing partner of EM Consultants located in Irvine, CA. She can be reached at merry@EMconsults.org or 949-260- 0936.]