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How to facilitate meetings – Four Essential Functions

A lot goes into really good meeting facilitation. And good meeting facilitators are doing several things at once! Yet in this video I break it down to four essential functions: provide structure, encourage participation, reflect the group, and push the group forward.

After years of studying and practicing meeting facilitation I asked myself, “When I am at my very best as a meeting facilitator, what am I doing?” Here is the answer.

Of course this is a short answer. If you would like to add thoughts or ask questions, please do so in the space below.

And if you would like to learn more about meeting facilitation please see the Good Group Tips that I have written specifically about Group Technique.

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How to handle the person who talks too much – Validate and hear from others

A common complaint about meetings is that one or two people talk too much and dominate the conversation. Not only does this make others feel resentful and unfulfilled, it can be very unproductive and inefficient for the group as a whole. It’s unproductive because the best ideas may not have found room to be shared or because the group got diverted off topic, and it’s inefficient because the whole group spends time going over and over the same ground or serving the interests of a single person.

As a meeting facilitator or group leader, how can you fix this? Validate what the person is saying and then make it about wanting to hear from others.

Check out the video for an explanation and a little demonstration.

If you have other techniques to share, please comment below!

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