Technological support for facilitators

While the primary tool for a group facilitator is his/her own, integral presence expressed through gestures, tone of voice and gaze, other technologies exist that can make our work more efficient and effective.

Here are seven tools that we have used successfully.

Planning
World Clock http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/ to find out the local time for participants in different parts of the world.

Doodle http://www.doodle.com/ to offer a range of options for the date and time for a meeting and find out the participants’ availability for each – without generating an avalanche of emails.

Time management
Time timer http://www.timetimer.com/store/category/1/timers

Timer for iPhone and iPad https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/timer-by-timeanddate.com/id478835051?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Meeting software
Lucid Meetings. http://www.lucidmeetings.com/ Interface available in several languages.

Audio conferences
Skype. http://www.skype.com
Webex. http://www.webex.com

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About the Author:

Beatrice Briggs is the founder and director of the International Institute for Facilitation and Change, a consulting firm based in Mexico. A Certified™ Professional Facilitator, she puts her years of experience at the service of leaders who want to make their meetings worth the time, talent and money invested in them. A native of the United States, Beatrice has lived in Mexico since 1998, working in both English and Spanish to alleviate the suffering caused by bad meetings wherever they occur.