Posts Tagged "meetings"

Facilitation Skills

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in | 0 comments

Facilitation Skills

Facilitation is different than teaching or doing. Facilitating is about enabling a group to achieve results through your process design and facilitating efforts. Create an environment that allows others to contribute to an important objective, benefiting themselves or the greater good.

What you gain:

  • A true understanding of what it means to facilitate.
  • Specific skills to balance the role of “leader” and the role of “enabler.”
  • Learning to manage the natural tensions of a group.
  • Tools and strategies for planning your facilitation.

What the organization gains:

  • Members of your staff you can trust to represent your organization well in community efforts.
  • Results based on better input and diversity of the people participating.
  • An internal resource to develop and facilitate meetings or initiatives.

If you are interested in this topic, you might also be interested in “Engaging the Community in Your Efforts” scheduled for February 8, 2017 9:00 – 4:00.

Lunch is included in your tuition.


Get Savvy – Difference-Making Training is designed for nonprofits and others making a difference in their community (education, health care, government departments, etc.). The discussions and activities will be within the context of these organizations. You are welcome regardless of your organizational affiliation as the skill-development is universal.

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From Good Intentions to Results: The Value of Good Meetings

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

From Good Intentions to Results: The Value of Good Meetings

When I joined a new organization, I was immediately asked to take over regular meetings attended by the top leaders of two organizations running a collaborative program.

The team had been meeting for more than a year and I had a hard time finding evidence of anything other than good intentions.

I didn’t do anything special when I took over. I simply implemented meeting management tools for planning and accountability. And I was consistent, so the attendees knew I was serious about driving results.

A year later, the team and I were flying to New York City to receive a national award for our program.

The only thing that had changed was the quality of our meetings.

Don’t underestimate what your meetings can do for your organization, and for your reputation.


If you see opportunity for yourself, please check out the two trainings on meeting management being offered in early December in Buffalo:

For tools to help with your meetings, check out resources available for you:

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“Meeting” Your Leadership Expectations

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Productivity | 1 comment

“Meeting” Your Leadership Expectations

If I could offer you one easy way to improve your credibility and reputation within your company – would you be interested in that advice? What if I told you that not only would you be viewed as a more effective leader, but that you would be saving your organization money and increasing employee job satisfaction while you were at it? Interested? If you want to do all of that – start investing in your meeting management skills.

I can hear the groan now; you wanted something more sexy, more glamorous to invest in. But, be honest with yourself. Are your meetings something you are known for – at least in a positive way?

Do people come prepared to your meetings?

Do you know what you want to accomplish and how to do it?

Do people leave the meeting satisfied that they invested their time wisely?

Do people know what is expected of them in between meetings? Do they do it?

If you cannot answer a resounding “Yes!” to these questions, then I encourage you to take responsibility for the meetings you hold.

While there are many best practices, here are some of my favorite quick tips:

  • Don’t just ask yourself what content to cover. Ask how you want people to feel about the content. Do you want people to leave inspired, motivated, awed, angry, or satisfied? Knowing what you want makes it much easier to plan for it.
  • Your agenda should include not only the topics being covered, but how you intend to cover them. Include your process, such as reporting, brainstorming, or consensus building.
  • Keep track of actions, decisions, and items deferred. Distribute your meeting notes right away and review every meeting. (A tool to help with this is referenced below.)
  • Do a process check – hold everyone accountable for the outcome of the meeting. Over time, quality improvement will be second nature.

I am happy to share three meeting-specific resources on my website. Check them out at and call me for meeting management training for your organization. I can cover the basics or a more advanced class such as “Making a Difference Through your Staff Meetings.” See: 

Let me know your questions about meeting management in the comments and I will be happy to provide some guidance.


Mary Beth

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