Some Fundamentals of Meeting Facilitation
One reason that lists of “time wasters” developed in time management seminars always include "meetings" is that people too often sit through long, unfocused discussions. It does not have to be that way.
I have been leading strategic planning sessions for a living in a wide range of organizations for nearly 27 years. Most of you will not do this as a profession, but all of you will be called upon to lead other types of meetings. While the subtleties of formal strategic planning are distinctive, the fundamentals of effective facilitation are transferable to other settings and, in my experience, if you get the fundamentals right, everything else works itself out.
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