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Characteristics of a Good Business Meeting Facilitator

Unproductive office meetings do not benefit anyone. Participants feel their time has been wasted and it costs the company money in terms of lost man hours that could have been put to more productive use. An effective meeting facilitator knows how to conduct purposeful business meetings that leave executives and employees feeling valued and inspired. Below are important skills to have in order to conduct a productive office meeting.

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Tips for Becoming a Better Listener

Clear and targeted communication is vital for the continued growth and success of any company. Failure to understand what is being said — miscommunication — can lead to problems not only with your employees but also with your customers. Active listening is intrinsic to successful communication. Before you can get your message across, you first have to know what you want to say; and to do this, you have to know how to listen.

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Tips for Productive Meetings

Senseless meetings are a major drain on the resources of any business and the productivity of its employees. Below are five suggestions from our corporate facilitation experts on conducting purposeful meetings that generate actionable ideas, spark creativity and empower your employees.

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Tool Check: New Study Released by join.me

The latest must-read for anyone looking to improve online meetings!

The makers of join.me – the popular instant web conferencing solution by LogMeIn – teamed with Ovum – a leading provider of business intelligence and research services – to release a comprehensive report, “Collaboration 2.0: Death of the Web Conference (As We Know It).” The report is a must-read for facilitators, managers, and anyone looking to improve the effectiveness of their online meetings and group collaboration efforts. The findings are based on a survey completed by over 3,900 full-time professionals worldwide about their collaboration and meeting-related behaviors and activities. Key findings:

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New one-day course to debut on Nov 7 for 20,000+

On November 7, 2014, Leadership Strategies, Inc. (LSI) will introduce a new one-day virtual training course, The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link, to help meeting leaders run effective virtual meetings. The course is designed for all graduates of The Effective Facilitator – now over 20,000 – and includes a near 50% discounted registration cost for its beta class in November. The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link promises to help participants build confidence and structure in facilitating remote meetings after just one day of the new training. New participants may add the Virtual Link course as an extended training option after completing The Effective Facilitator.

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How Do Private Training Classes Improve Your Company’s Bottom Line?

Even in today’s recovering economy, small and large corporations alike continue to seek out and implement a variety of cost-cutting measures. After all, any amount they successfully whittle away from their overall expenditure is money that can put them more solidly in the black.

Our facilitator training classes are an effective way to save your company money in the long run and improve your bottom line at the same time.

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Facilitation Tip: Consensus

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When facilitating group decision making, make sure your group knows the true definition of consensus. Consensus does NOT necessarily mean “I agree 100% with you.” Click here to read more »

Tool Check: Huddle up!

Huddle up!

For collaboration software, we like the cloud-based Huddle. Click here to read more »

Commitment and Consensus

By Holly M. Larson, Business Development Manager, Leadership Strategies

 

Earlier this year I had the privilege of speaking to the local IIBA chapter on the 10 Principles of Facilitation. We were discussing Principle 9, Closing the Session, and a question was asked that made me think about what facilitation truly is. At the end of the day, a great facilitator will review, evaluate, close and debrief.

I was asked “Why review a decision or a portion of the day that was contentious at the end of your meeting? Wouldn’t it be better to let sleeping dogs lie and end on a high note?” It might be easier; it definitely wouldn’t be better. Finding out if you have dissent – before everyone leaves – is better. The time to flush out discontent is now. You must have the participants’ commitment to the decisions that they made and the actions they will take.

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4 Good Reasons To Cancel Your Weekly Staff Meeting

By The Muse, Contributor for Forbes

Quick question: Do you get excited when a meeting invite pops up on your calendar? I’m going to guess the answer is no. And yet frequent—sometimes even daily—meetings are a part of the culture in many companies. [...] Here are four things to consider next time you’re thinking of planning a meeting.

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