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.

Facilitating So Women Will Be Heard

Date: March 5, 2019 2:39 pm

Ask any group of women about their meeting pet peeves, and you are likely to hear many examples of being interrupted, not being called on for their ex...

How to Engage Introverts in Your Meetings

Date: January 23, 2019 6:53 pm

We have devoted several articles to strategies to tame the dominators in a meeting (see Bosses, Bullies, and Braggarts: How to Tame Meeting Dominators...

The Power of Sub-Grouping to Build Engagement and Prioritize Ideas

Date: January 4, 2019 5:23 pm

When wearing my ‘process’ facilitator hat I’m responsible for maximizing group engagement during a facilitated meeting. There are many ways to d...

Getting Your Team Back on Track

Date: November 15, 2018 3:22 pm

It’s no surprise that teams occasionally lose track of the bigger picture and can lose focus and become unproductive, losing sight as to what they a...

Energizing Brainstorming Ideas

Date: October 23, 2018 7:15 pm

In our last newsletter (Creating the Right Conditions for Brainstorming) we discussed how to proactively set up the right conditions for dealing with ...

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,...

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