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    GROUP FACILITATION – Construction of Agendas GROUP FACILITATION – Construction of Agendas

    GROUP FACILITATION – Construction of Agendas

GROUP FACILITATION – Construction of Agendas

An agenda is a powerful tool a Group Facilitator uses to keep a meeting on track and ensure that progress toward the goals of the group can be made.  I will not facilitate a meeting without a written agenda.  My strong preference is to have a timed agenda – each topic has its own specified time period.  Then, when people digress or carry disputes to extremes during the period of time allotted for that topic, I can use the agenda to remind them that they only have a limited period of time for the topic and exceeding that time will mean that another topic will be shorted or pushed to a future meeting (given a not unlimited number of meetings such topic shifting may not be possible – and the parties usually know it).  This focuses the parties to keep them on topic.

It is important to work with the convener and the group itself to make sure that the agenda for each meeting is doable for the meeting time.  Trying to cover too many topics during a meeting will put the Group Facilitator in the position of appearing to cut off discussion, not allowing everyone to fully have his/her say on a topic.  This can put the Group Facilitator into an opposition stance with a party or a faction within the group.  Using the structure of the agenda to permit good time management is the key element to keeping the group on track in a collaborative way.

I always make sure that the convener who hires me as

By |August 2nd, 2013|Group Facilitation Denver|Comments Off on GROUP FACILITATION – Construction of Agendas
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    GROUP FACILITATION – A STAGE VOICE MAY BE ESSENTIAL GROUP FACILITATION – A STAGE VOICE MAY BE ESSENTIAL

    GROUP FACILITATION – A STAGE VOICE MAY BE ESSENTIAL

GROUP FACILITATION – A STAGE VOICE MAY BE ESSENTIAL

As a group facilitator in the Denver Metro Area, I am usually in a room with upwards of twenty people who are there because they disagree to a greater or lesser extent concerning the topic under discussion.  Often, despite ground rules, many decide to talk at once.  This makes for poor understanding and lessens the chance of any decisions being made.  Usually, over the years, I haven’t had the luxury of an amplification system.  So, when I speak as the process manager for the group, the members need to listen.  For some groups, an appeal to their sense of fairness and decorum may be enough.  At other times, more is needed.

Several years ago, I was tasked with facilitating a group of rural homeowners who lived on “ranchettes” (typically 5 or 10-acre horse properties) and representatives of a mining company wishing to expand its clay mining operations located on the other side of a steep ridge.  The purpose of the meeting was to allow the mining representatives to tell the nearby homeowners about their plans and to allow those neighbors to ask questions about the proposal and express their concerns with it.  The homeowners had the usual concerns about noise, dust, vibration, light pollution, hours of operation, and general disruption of their quiet, semi-isolated living environment.

Most of the residents of this community had resided there for many years and knew their neighbors well.  Some got along, and others did not.  Although they were united in their unease with the proposed change to the nearby mining operation, they were in some disagreement about what concerned each of them.  This resulted in continuing […]

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