Blog Posts

Welcome to our blog! Here you can find articles written by our team of professional facilitators. Our posts feature tips, tricks, tools, dilemmas and discussions that will help you improve your personal facilitation skills and increase your understanding of how to collaborate effectively.

Facilitation First’s Virtual Meetings Best Practices

Date: April 2, 2020 2:45 pm

Virtual Meeting Best Practices Only hold a meeting when collaboration is required – status updates can be done via email Prepare: Design me...

Preventing Groupthink When its Decision-Making Time

Date: February 20, 2020 1:59 pm

Concurrence seeking is a natural tendency that we all, as human beings seek out. Let’s face it, who really wants to be seen as the lone wolf speakin...

Getting Buy–In on a Meeting Process

Date: January 21, 2020 9:03 pm

Process: A sequence of steps that have been strung together in a logical way to achieve a mutually agreed to outcome. A facilitator is typically br...

Keys to Creating Neutrality or ‘Perceived’ Neutrality

Date: November 12, 2019 2:50 pm

“A bridge has no allegiance to either side,” said British artist and author, Les Coleman. Indeed, bridges have long been universal symbols of conn...

Effective Meeting Follow Through

Date: October 15, 2019 8:55 pm

You nailed it. You took some time pre-meeting to gather some input from the group; you provided a succinct but invaluable preread along with your focu...

Getting a New Leader on Board Part II

Date: September 17, 2019 5:33 pm

In our last issue of our newsletter we introduced the first two stages for integrating a new leader into a team. We discussed how important it is that...

Getting a New Leader on Board Part I

Date: September 5, 2019 8:37 pm

Change is the one constant we can depend on. Unfortunately, this means that even good situations – such as having a team leader who’s effective an...

Establishing Norms for a Successful Meeting

Date: August 14, 2019 12:55 pm

All groups and teams need guidelines to ensure a cooperative and supportive environment and defines the group’s culture. Most importantly norms are ...

Icebreakers: When, Why, and How to Use Them

Date: June 14, 2019 2:41 pm

We’ve been asked a lot about icebreakers and how to use them efficiently. They are a great way to warm up a group who may be meeting for the first t...

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