Answer These Key Questions:
- Do you really need to meet? Determine if a meeting is truly the best strategy for your purpose.
- Do you have an agenda? Does it provide a clear, realistic structure and plan to achieve the meeting outcomes? Does everyone have a copy?
- Do you have the right people to accomplish the goals outlined in the agenda? Does everyone need to be there for the entire meeting?
- Do you have agreement on meeting norms and roles?
- Do you have the right facilitation processes to engage participants productively and meaningfully – no matter what the size of group? Are you the right person to facilitate, or is a skilled neutral facilitator required?
- Do you have a strategy for staying on topic and on time?
- Do meeting participants have the information and understanding they will need to make informed and wise contributions?
- Do you have a plan for starting and ending the meeting, including clarity on commitments and follow-up?
Each of these eight points will be unpacked every second week in this blog. On alternate weeks, group process facilitation topics will be explored.
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