Misconceptions about Facilitation

  The Institute of Cultural Affairs in Belgium identified five common misconceptions about facilitation. Facilitation is another name for training. In training, information flows primarily from the trainer to the [...]

The Benefits of Facilitation

  Benefit #1: Facilitation improves meeting outcomes. Improving meeting outcomes is one way of increasing the return on investment for meetings. The meeting investment is the sum of the salary [...]

How long should a meeting last?

When someone asks me “How long should a meeting last?” the underlying question often is “How can we avoid meetings that drag on with no apparent end in sight?” The [...]

Are "meeting" and "conversation" synonymous?

Quick answer: No. Here are some typical distinctions between these two formats for human interaction. Meeting Conversation Formal Informal Set time and place Spontaneous Conference table Kitchen table Protocol-driven Arise [...]

The art of closing a meeting

Having focused on the human factor in meetings, we want to also reflect on a meeting moment that everyone eagerly awaits but often no one has planned for very well: [...]

Why your meetings need breaks

Breaks are strategies to increase participation and satisfaction in meetings. Let´s reflect for a moment about the meaning of this statement from the point of view of the three principal [...]

Meetings and Innovation

In a world where innovation is discussed in relation to every organizational area, why do meetings remain stuck in the 19th century? We know that meetings, whether face-to-face or virtual, [...]

Does every decision require consensus?

The short answer to the question “Does every decision require consensus?” is “No, of course not! The even shorter answer is “It depends.” Groups implementing consensus process for the first [...]

When NOT to call a meeting

This is a message for those who never chose to be a group facilitator, but nevertheless have had responsibility for meetings thrust upon them. Before your next meeting, drugs take [...]