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.

Creating the Right Conditions for Brainstorming

Date: October 4, 2018 8:49 pm

Many times while facilitating a group in brainstorming (especially around 3:00 p.m.), I've noticed participants entering in to the BAD zone ("Brain-Al...

Bosses, Bullies, and Braggarts: How to Tame Meeting Dominators

Date: September 20, 2018 2:24 pm

You’ve been there before – a meeting where the boss wants to forego analysis and make a decision now; a co-worker who runs roughshod over quieter ...

Facilitators Pave the Way for Diversity & Inclusion

Date: September 5, 2018 1:57 pm

Michael Goldman, President of Facilitation First wanted to share a great article highlighting the role facilitation plays in diversity and inclusion i...

Facilitating From the Side: How Participants Can Improve Meetings

Date: June 20, 2018 3:58 pm

Often when one of our trainers is leading a session on meeting effectiveness, a participant will exclaim, “it’s not my fault we have bad meetings,...

Facilitation Outside of the Meeting Room

Date: June 5, 2018 5:07 pm

At the start of our workshops, during sales calls, and in conversation with professionals I hear this all the time, "sure, most meetings could be more...

Mediation: A 5 Step Process For Unresolved Conflict

Date: May 22, 2018 3:19 pm

By Darryl Landau and Michael Goldman Nothing is as draining as having to manage dysfunctional conflict. It undermines teamwork and saps an organiza...

The Power of Active Listening

Date: May 8, 2018 5:49 pm

The #1 problem with communication between 2 or more people in or outside of the workplace tends to be a lack of ‘active’ listening. We see this pl...

Who Should Lead the Meeting – the Chair or the Facilitator?

Date: April 16, 2018 2:15 pm

Whether I’m delivering a keynote address or training facilitation skills, one central issue consistently surfaces – who should run the meeting, th...

The Good, the Bad and the Boring of Workplace Meetings

Date: March 27, 2018 12:33 pm

VIRGINIA GALT Special to The Globe and Mail Published March 26, 2018 Michael Goldman, President and Founder of Facilitation First was recently in...

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