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Insights, Learnings, and Tips for Online Meetings

This article is a compilation of a wider range of wise suggestions and learnings from active facilitators to support your success in online meetings. You will see some duplication, which shows how widely these tips have been learned.  At the bottom of the article is a list of online platforms and tools which this group

Stories of Online Facilitation

This article is a compilation of brief stories of events that have been facilitated online, to inspire you with the possibilities. They range from simple and informal personal and family meetings, to complex work tasks. They were gathered from direct requests, a LinkedIn request, and participants in the May 2020 Canadian ToP Community of Practice.

Appreciative Accountability to Support Solid Implementation

Accountability is addressed in an appreciative way by setting up follow-up sessions to share progress and roadblocks encountered, with a spirit of supporting each other to be successful. Weekly or monthly “check signals” meetings allow for rapid pivoting when unforeseen events happen that affect the plans, either positively or negatively. The matrix above is an

Making Solid Implementation Plans

Have you experienced working with a group to identify and decide on next steps and then realizing some time later that no one has done any of the actions? There are some common blocks to creating plans that are actually implemented. vague outcomes, objectives, or goals visionary outcomes that do not take into consideration the

Developing Consensus Using the Consensus Workshop Method

Some years ago, I was facilitating a community consensus workshop on “What are elements of successful public consultation?”.  One group sent up a card that said “more chocolate”.  Although the card was meant as a joke, we took it seriously and asked what they meant and where it most illuminated an element of successful consultation. 

Defining Authentic Consensus

What is authentic consensus, anyway? First, some relevant dictionary definitions: Cambridge English Dictionary: “a generally accepted opinion or decision among a group of people” Wikipedia: “Consensus is a group discussion where everyone's opinions are heard and understood, and a solution is created that respects those opinions. Consensus is not what everyone agrees to, nor is

Conversation for Making Difficult Decisions

When we are faced with sudden changes and demands, it is hard to think clearly and easy to be overcome by anxiety, especially if the situation continually changes dramatically without warning.   The ORID process can help keep calm while you make difficult decisions.  Here is a sample conversation you can have with yourself, or with

Compressed Group Facilitation Methods Online Course

Group Facilitation is a foundational course for professional facilitators and will give you a thorough grounding in facilitation practice of two core facilitation methods. Focused Conversation Method Consensus Workshop Method This interactive course will be offered for 4 consecutive days from July 6 through July 9, 2020 on the online meeting platforms Zoom and Linoit.

Writing Prose from Consensus Workshop Results

Often cards in a column on a wall are not polished enough documentation to finish the result the group needs. It is easy and fun for a group to write prose statements from the cards, perhaps a sentence for each column. Provide a template for the prose.  Usually it includes a line for the name

Keys to Documenting Results

The first key to accurate documentation of what the group has said is to make sure participants’ words on the important insights and decisions are written and held visible during the session, whether on cards or flipcharts or some other means.  This does not mean capturing every word that is said in a long discussion,