An Example of Bad Facilitation

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The story listed below is one that happened to me late last year. I still remember it with a smile, partly because it shows just how unaware the people were in the room and partly because it’s a great example of how a meeting can waste time. So for me, it’s a good example of why workshops should have a facilitator and that works out better than just calling a meeting.   I remember a meeting a few months ago. The rooms had frosted windows you couldn’t tell which meeting was which. I walked into three wrong meeting room. I saw 4 people sat down not talking to each other, nor were they looking at each other. I was fully in the room with the door closed behind me by the time I’d noticed. I left after a few seconds. No-one in […]

4 ducks in a field watched by a lamb


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Regardless of the project, sometimes we all need an external guide to help us along. Facilitation brings structure to events, ensuring that attendees stay on-track. The facilitator needs to be sensitive to the needs of the attendees and the needs of convener. The two sets of aims may well not be the same. Good facilitators will bring about results regardless of the differences. Facilitation sessions are split into 4 phases: Initial engagement, identification of purpose, high-level scope definition Planning, arranging, engagement with attendees and procurement Facilitated sessions Output report and review Previous clients have found facilitation useful for setting strategy, uncovering the real underlying problems and deciding on solutions to difficult problems If requested, any follow-on work beyond the output report is contracted separately. If you think you could benefit from a facilitator, contact us for an overview and further details.