This article recently published in SmartBrief’s “SmartBrief on Leadership” shares how not scheduling meetings on Fridays help assure you close your weeks strong by being able to complete all your tasks for the week. We think it’s also a good way to be sure your meetings get the full attention they deserve.
It’s Thanksgiving time in the U.S.! For you traveling, busy bodies needing to get remote work done with your group between the turkey dinners, here are three ways to help you survive the telecommuting woes. Richard Smith, Certified Master Facilitator and co-author of CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book, shares three quick tips for making the most of your remote meetings.
The November Horoscope - Scorpio and Sagittarius
Watch out, November borns! Don’t over-estimate your technical savviness. You’ll need it while you’re on the road. With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner and upcoming needs for work, you’ll be traveling quite frequently this month, forcing you to rely on technology to manage business life, your staff, and/or client engagements.
(Adapted from CLICK: The Virtual Meetings Book)
Special Virtual Case – When You’re the Only Person NOT in the Room: There may be times when all the attendees are present in a single room, but the meeting leader is in a different location. This happens frequently to us as professional facilitators when we are guiding a client’s remote team. Internal and external consultants, team coaches, project managers, business analysts, architects, and others in the professional services arenas may more and more find themselves in this position as virtual meetings become even more pervasive.
Eighteen top facilitators from around the globe recently joined Leadership Strategies, Inc. (LSI) in Atlanta, GA, at the 2013 FindaFacilitator (FAF) Summit. Leadership Strategies hosts the annual event to allow facilitators – both new and experienced – an opportunity to showcase and expand their skills, collaborate, learn from Certified Master Facilitators, and network with relationship managers who work with organizations needing professional facilitation services. This year, the FAF Summit reached a sold-out attendance. LSI’s Director of Marketing, Kris Casariego, commented, “It’s remarkable. With the help of the FAF relationship managers, we personally invited facilitators to attend, and we were so pleased to see a great response in registration. The event has become a cornerstone – not just to LSI but the industry as a whole. We’re seeing the impacts the facilitation industry is making, and the growth in the field is certainly evident of that.”
Congratulations to Carrie Arneson, Human Capital Consultant at Elevance Renewable Sciences! Carrie won BIG just by sharing her feedback as a Leadership Strategies client.
It’s 11:50am. You hear your stomach growling for lunch, while your participants hear the sound of your voice wrapping up what was a very long, hard-worked meeting. As you speak, you see your group mentally inch toward the door, and you’re with them. You get it. The very thing you want to do is quickly close the meeting and head to lunch, your next meeting, or wherever your calendar requires you to be. But, that’s the last thing you should do. Why?
Do you have a passion for sharing learning opportunities with others? Just by being a host of public facilitation training, you can get free training AND invite others to join you for free. Here’s the 5-step guide to give and receive free training…
The October Horoscope – Libras and Scorpios
For our Libra and Scorpio facilitators born in the month of October, this is a demanding time for you to step up and come up with solutions.