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eBook: Managing Dysfunction

Dysfunctional behavior in meetings is no joke. Side conversations, late arrivals, negativity, and a host of other bad behaviors can cause a facilitator high anxiety – and for good reason. This eBook will show you some tips and tricks to help get you through some of the worst dysfunction out there.

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White Paper: The Cost of Wasted Meetings

Holding bad meetings is the equivalent of burning money. In this article, learn about three different approaches to transform your organization’s meeting culture. Michael Wilkinson, CMF™, gives you some tips to determine your team’s critical success factors and provides some additional resources to fix common meeting problems.

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Checklist: Meeting Preparation & Agenda Setting

Was your last meeting a disaster because you didn’t have the proper tools to prepare for it? Did you “wing it” without an agenda? Here is a tool to help you prepare for your next meeting (because – trust us – you can’t and shouldn’t always wing it).

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eBook: How to Monitor Your Plan

Developing an effective strategic plan for your organization is not an easy task, but with the right guidance, it is absolutely possible. At the core of strategic planning are universal components that every leader needs to know in order to develop a strategy that works. Learn about those essential components here.

Free download: Meeting Bill of Rights

A fundamental vehicle for making your meetings better   Many people have accepted that poorly-managed meetings are the reality of the workplace. Be a catalyst to stop the wasted time and money this is costing your organization. Here's a simple tool to help you transform your meetings culture and revive productivity – 10 Meeting Bill […]

5 Steps to Strategic Planning: The Pathway to Success Infographic

Have you exhausted countless hours developing strategic plans that have not been implemented? Or, are you developing a plan for the first time and not sure where to begin? You are not alone. While success rates for strategic plans are typically poor, creating and executing an effective strategic plan is possible – when you follow the right steps. Simplify your approach to strategic planning. Follow these 5 steps to plan your strategy toward one destination: Success.

FREE Download: Crossing the River

All good trainers and facilitators inspire engagement through healthy team building. Some facilitators like the more active interventions such as rope courses; others prefer the more “touchy-feely” ones like trust walks. Of all of the team-building activities our Certified Master Facilitators have led or experienced, an easy favorite by far is an activity called Crossing […]

Free Checklist: The Facilitator’s Checklist for True Consensus Building

There is nothing more delicate than trying to build consensus in a room where there are strong views and opposing opinions thrown left and right. When you lead a meeting, your participants expect you to be the peacemaker – to bring the group together on important topics where opinions matter. How do you bridge disagreement? […]

eBook: 10 Principles of Facilitation

A facilitated session is a highly-structured meeting in which the meeting leader (the facilitator) guides the participants through a series of pre-defined steps to arrive at a result that is created, understood and accepted by all participants. How do you do just that – get to a result that is “created, understood and accepted”? The answer lies in ten principles that make up the framework of a facilitated session done right – what we call The Facilitator’s Methodology.

Download: Creating Better Learning Objectives

Some trainers use words to describe something that should be happening in the learner’s head that cannot be seen. Is this a good thing? No. When you train a group and want to evaluate results, make sure your learning objectives are constructed in a helpful way for you and your learners. Develop learning objectives that are clear, measureable and observable. Here’s a free guide on what verbs to use and avoid in learning objectives.

eBook: 4 Components of Strategic Planning: An Essential Guide to Strategy

Developing an effective strategic plan for your organization is not an easy task, but with the right guidance, it is absolutely possible. At the core of strategic planning are universal components that every leader needs to know in order to develop a strategy that works. Learn about those essential components here.

Free Article: “Are Great Trainers Great Facilitators?”

Take a close look at the traits between trainers and facilitators to help you hone your facilitation skills and understand how to use them as a trainer or a facilitator. Trainers and facilitators share many of the same traits. But… the two lists are different in a significant way. Explore them here.

Download this article for FREE (a value of $15) – “Are Great Trainers Great Facilitators?” adapted from The Secrets of Facilitation by Michael Wilkinson, Certified Master Facilitator and CEO of Leadership Strategies.

Checklist: 4 Strategic Questions to Ask Your Team

When it comes to strategic planning, an important part of the planning is not just the coming together to create it – but also the prep work to make sure you’re ready to begin on the right foot. Is your team ready?

Start with these four key strategy questions before beginning the strategic planning process.

eBook: Your Guide to Being a Facili-Trainer

Individuals who take a facilitative approach in their training delivery see far better results from their participants – greater engagement, stronger knowledge retention, and superior evaluations. The relationship between facilitation and training is very close – hence the notion of “facili-training.”

eBook: Five Free Facilitator Guides

Each of the guides was developed by our Certified Master Facilitators™ and includes:

  • A high-level meeting agenda
  • A sample deliverable/action plan
  • Terms and definitions
  • Description of tools and materials needed
  • List of items to have in the room
  • And much more…
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Whitepaper: The 4 Pitfalls of Executing a Strategy: Why Most Plans Fail

Why do most plans fail? What are the pitfalls? Why is it so hard to get a plan executed?

While there are a variety of reasons strategic plans don’t successfully follow through, the pitfalls of execution are a primary cause of this. Here are the “whys” our master strategic planning facilitator found.

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FREE Download – Cost of Meetings Calculator

90% of people admitted to daydreaming during meetings, 70% brought other work to meetings, and 40% have dozed off during meetings – according to the “Meetings in America” Verizon Conferencing White Paper. Given these alarming statistics, how much do meetings really cost you? Download this FREE calculator. Simply fill out the short form below.

Sample Chapter: The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy

Get a preview of The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy. This book provides executives, leaders and facilitators with a step-by-step resource for guiding their team through all phases of the strategic planning process – from gaining the team’s buy-in to do planning and identify strategic issues, all the way through organization alignment, implementation, monitoring and making adjustments.

FREE Practice Guide: Preparing Your Opening Words

Every meeting is an opportunity to make an impression, and the most savvy professionals do this within the first 15 minutes of an important meeting. If you’re tired of leading lackluster meetings that fail to energize your group, it’s time to start over – literally. Re(start) your meetings with this free tool that will help you ignite your audience […]

Free ebook, Meeting Preparing & Agenda Setting (Use this simple guide to prepare for a meeting.)

This simple & free ebook features tips to prepare for a meeting, a quick approach for setting your agenda, & a checklist Certified Master Facilitators use.

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Checklist: Interviewing the Project Sponsor

Like every great consultant or project manager, you want to successfully meet your client’s needs. Your first step is to understand their needs and gather all of the information necessary from the beginning. How do you do this? It’s not just by asking questions – it’s by asking the right questions.

Download this free checklist – your guide for asking 14 critical questions you need to know when you interview your project sponsor or client.

Quick Start Guide: Information Gathering

There are many types of information gathering and processing activities that serve as building blocks for group sessions. This guide provides several strategies for information gathering. While this list is not meant to be exhaustive, here are seven, common information gathering techniques you can apply.

Survey: Virtues of Virtual Meetings

Meetings here. Meetings there. More organizations, from retail to real estate, are holding virtual meetings as a way to improve productivity and reduce costs. In fact, in a recent survey of 438 business leaders, 56 percent of respondents said that their organization had held more virtual meetings in the past twelve months than they had in the previous twelve months.

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How to Deal With Dysfunctional Behavior – In and Out of Meetings

If you know how to deal with dysfunction in meetings, you can deal with dysfunction anywhere – using the same approach! Certified Master Facilitators follow a unique, three-pronged formula for managing dysfunctional behavior in group meetings – Conscious Prevention, Early Detection, Clean Resolution. Does this formula work when dealing with dysfunction outside of meetings too? And, […]

FREE: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Engage Your Audience

Make the most of group collaboration by mixing it up with these three activities. Inspire your group to speak up, focus and contribute. Your cheat sheet includes three of our favorite engagement strategies. Stop suffering through awkward silences and blank stares in your meetings. When it comes to collaborating with your group, mix it up […]

Checklist: 6 Tips to Ensure Success in Your Virtual Meetings

Add six more tips to your virtual meetings checklist.

Download: Quick Solutions to 3 Common Meeting Dysfunctions

When it comes to strategic planning, an important part of the planning is not just the coming together to create it – but also the prep work to make sure you’re ready to begin on the right foot. Is your team ready?

Start with these four key strategy questions before beginning the strategic planning process.

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Have the Best Meeting of Your Career

Have you exhausted countless hours developing strategic plans that have not been implemented? Or, are you developing a plan for the first time and not sure where to begin? You are not alone. While success rates for strategic plans are typically poor, creating and executing an effective strategic plan is possible – when you follow the right steps. Simplify your approach to strategic planning. Follow these 5 steps to plan your strategy toward one destination: Success.

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