Summary & Method(s):

There are a number of guidelines which help groups meet together productively. A facilitator oversees the group in accomplishing a common task: moving through the agenda and encouraging them to make necessary decisions, as well as plans for implementation. The facilitator works in such a way that the people present are fully aware they are in charge, it is their business that is being conducted, and each person has a role to play. The responsibility of the facilitator is to the group and its work, not to individuals within the group or organizational issues.

Expect as a Client:

Agenda Planning: In collaboration with the appropriate leaders within your organization, Cline Consulting will plan the agenda. Goals, desired outcomes, and structure will all be clear prior to the meeting being held.

Meeting Facilitation: Your organization’s leader(s) and Cline Consulting will set the tone of the meeting. The agenda, outcomes, and work to be accomplished will be presented to the group and amended as necessary. Role clarification and how the group is expected to work together are covered with group participation and buy-in.

Evaluation & Closing: An evaluation of the meeting process will be facilitated, along with what was accomplished and what is yet to be done.

Follow-up: You and Cline Consulting will negotiate beforehand and as an ongoing process what kind of follow-up is appropriate to further the organization’s needs and achieve desired outcomes.

Coaching in Meeting Facilitation: Most people can learn how to facilitate a good meeting, but it does take some time and attention. If it is appropriate in your situation, Cline Consulting will coach your organization’s members in real time so they build capacity to facilitate timely and effective meetings.

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~ Patsy Martin, Executive Director, Port of Skagit County, WA