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Articles Tagged ‘Group Facilitation’

Can a Room Kill You? Yes!

Presenters, prevent “Death by Room”! These three tips will help ensure your physical space works with you instead of against you.

How to Keep Meetings Active and Productive

As a facilitator, you are responsible for achieving the meeting outcomes, maintaining full participation, and ending on time. How do you maintain meaningful, focused conversation throughout? These five tips will help. 1.  Playback. Reiterate what a participant has said as closely as you can. Try not to infer meaning.“Greg, I’m hearing you say that you …
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How to Blow Your Credibility from the “Get-Go”

When you are speaking in front of a group, do you really want to blow your relationship with the audience immediately? These two common presentation behaviors will help to ensure that you do! Myth #1: You should start a presentation by thanking your audience or your hosts Picture it: You’ve prepared carefully and are about …
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How Do You Know They Know? Designing In-Class Assessment

How serious are you about your students actually learning? Most of us would say, “VERY serious!” Yet many trainers and instructional designers actually have no idea what, and even if, participants have learned by the end of a session. Because trainers operate in organizations and businesses, we typically don’t issue grades. Even in preparing participants …
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3 Tips to Tame Unruly Meetings, Part Two

by Guila Muir info@guilamuir.com The Prickly Role of Meeting Guidelines

RULES? Who Needs RULES? Part One

by Guila Muir info@guilamuir.com The prickly role of Meeting Guidelines

The “Tuned-In” Facilitator:” When and How to Intervene

by Guila Muir info@guilamuir.com Picture this: You’re running a regular, non-eventful meeting when… Scenario One: Suddenly, as if some invisible button has been pushed, unexpected emotion erupts from the group. Or…Scenario Two: You suddenly sense a strong feeling of resistance from the group. No one says anything about it, but you can’t shake your own …
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What is a Trainer? What is a Facilitator?

Many organizations call their trainers “facilitators.” But is this an appropriate term when the person in that role mainly “tells”? “Educe,” the root of “educate,” means “to bring out.” That is what great trainers do…but isn’t it also what facilitators do? The root of “facilitate,” is “facile,” meaning to make a process easy. The best …
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