Our Approach to Facilitation

How We Make Sure You Get The Meeting You Need

The biggest fear people have about hiring someone else to run their meeting is the feeling that, well, someone else is running the meeting. Yet, the benefits of having a facilitator are clear.

Our approach is about integration — to blend the objectivity of being neutral facilitators, while also breaking down barriers in the room and helping all participants to feel comfortable fully participating.

Regardless of the type/length/nature of the meetings we facilitate, these elements are cornerstones to controlling variables and guiding meetings toward a productive end.

Listen Well - We work to fully understand the moving parts and pieces at play in advance of the meeting. Among the issues addressed in this phase are: What are people's expectations? What are your typical pitfalls? Who's on board and who will sink the ship? What would success look like? What would failure be?

Plan & Prepare - As we gather the pertinent information from key stakeholders we can decide what approach, agenda and other tactics are necessary to achieve success for the meeting. We work with you to make sure you're comfortable with the plan so you can be the lead participant and enthusiastically advocate for the meeting. We get to know your group so we can fit in seamlessly in language and posture.

Execute - For us this is the most exciting part. It's the opening night performance. It's game time. We love meetings and during the meeting we work to help transfer that energy to all participants in order to facilitate an enjoyable and fruitful meeting. Our presence as a neutral third-party helps us diffuse and resolve conflict, and involve all participants including you - the leader - in order to work towards full buy-in from everybody.

Follow-Up - What happens after a meeting is almost as important as what happens during. We work with you to make sure there’s a plan for note-taking to ensure key takeaways are documented so you can follow through. We also always follow-up to go over the meeting and discuss the meeting so we can be certain that you can build on the meeting’s momentum.

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