As you will see, the order you use to open a facilitated session is critical. It is important that your opening addresses the most significant needs of the participants first. In my experience with literally hundreds of facilitated sessions, I have found the following order to be effective for most sessions. (The meaning of “inform, excite, empower, and involve” will be covered next.)
- Chapter IV: The Secrets to Starting
- from The Secrets of Facilitation: The SMART Guide to Getting Results with Groups, New and Revised
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass
- Released: October 2012
A well-run meeting is often the best way for a team to communicate information, make decisions, and agree on who will accomplish what and when.
To conduct a successful meeting, you need to know how to:
- Get the meeting started
- Establish ground rules
- Stay focused and on track
- Encourage participation
- Address meeting challenges such as inappropriate behavior
Beginning a meeting with a strong opener sets the tone for the entire session. Discover how to engage and involve everyone right from the start.
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