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The Facilitation Secret

It’s not just luck that helps professional facilitators be successful.  Professional facilitators know a powerful secret that every leader can benefit from both knowing and understanding how to use. What makes it a secret?  It certainly is not the number of people who know it.  In fact, there are...

Why Use A Facilitator?

For many, meetings are viewed as a dreaded evil to be avoided at all costs: far too little gets accomplished, much of the discussion is unfocused and unproductive, and a lot of time is wasted. If you lead important group meetings, you know how difficult it can be to...

Ten Tough Questions to Ask Your Facilitator Training Vendor

If you are a typical purchaser considering a facilitation training class to have taught in-house, there are probably lots of standard questions you would ask the training vendor. Common questions might include: What topics are taught? What are the desired outcomes? How long is the class? How much does...

Target Characteristics for Facilitator Candidates

“Now that we have contracted with your firm to do facilitation training, how do we go about finding facilitator candidates? What traits should we be seeking? Is there a set of target characteristics for trainees?” At Leadership Strategies, we get this question often, and for good reason. If an...

Recognizing the Need for Facilitation

Most managers today would agree that facilitation skills can be useful in a variety of situations, from project planning to team development. But how do you know when you really need to use a facilitated approach? At Leadership Strategies, we believe there are three key signs to look for....

Key Questions When Choosing a Facilitator

Organizations seeking a facilitator can use our National Facilitator Database to help guide them in locating facilitators with the process experience, industry experience, regional location, and fee range they desire. Yet, once they have narrowed the search to handful of facilitator candidates, organizations need a finer screen to help...

Facilitation Excellence: The Seven Separators

What separates top facilitators from good ones? What is it that separates great facilitators from good ones? Sure, every facilitator needs to know about establishing ground rules, using the appropriate tools and maintaining a safe environment. But are there a set of skills that seem to distinguish the best...

A Step Above: The Certified Master Facilitator Program

I am an avid supporter of the Certified Master Facilitator program as a vehicle for raising the expertise level of facilitators while providing clients with a true mark of excellence that carries a brand expectation of high facilitation performance. Why am I such a strong supporter? First and foremost,...

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