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Facilitation

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In our coalition work, we are constantly planning and hosting meetings, projects and events. Depending upon our time, staff/leader capacity and partner availability, these can have varying levels of complexity and require us to consider many factors. Last week, during one of these planning meetings, I came up with lots of ideas that would result […]

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Top 10 Tips for Facilitating an Online Meeting

As we plan and prepare our coalition meetings, we have lots of decisions to make about the type(s) of meetings we host. We once again have opportunities to meet in person, sometimes we host hybrid meetings and we continue to have most of our meetings in a virtual platform. Prior to 2020, virtual meetings were

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Match your meeting agenda with your meeting purpose

Clarifying your purpose is essential for all aspects of coalition and partnership building. One of the topics I highlight more than any other in my blog posts is getting clear on purpose. Once we are clear on our purpose, we need to take actions that reflect that purpose. This is particularly true when planning a

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Element #8: Follow up from the meeting

You may have facilitated a fantastic meeting where you engaged participants, made important decisions and made progress on your most important projects; however, the real test of an effective meeting happens after the meeting is over. When you follow up from the meeting, you support momentum, progress, relationships and interest in your next meeting.  Join

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Element #7: Facilitate the meeting well

You can have a clear purpose, the right people, an ideal platform, a succinct agenda and all the logistics lined up perfectly and yet still struggle with hosting an effective meeting if you do not have an effective facilitator for the meeting. You have to facilitate the meeting well in order to engage your participants

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Element #6: Set expectations for meeting participants

When your meeting participants know what to expect during a meeting, you are more likely to accomplish your meeting purpose, engage with the participants and host an effective meeting. A common challenge for coalition meetings is the tendency to assume that everyone knows what to expect. As the person planning the meeting, you have spent

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Element #5: Prepare the logistics for the meeting

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, one yes can equate to 1000 yes’s. This is particularly true when it comes to preparing logistics for a coalition meeting. Whether you are meeting virtually, in-person or hybrid, there are many details and logistics that need to be considered in order to conduct an effective meeting. One

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Element #4: Develop an agenda that reflects the meeting purpose

As we discussed a few weeks ago, the first step in conducting an effective meeting is to be really clear about your purpose. In order to honor that purpose, you must be intentional about what is included in your meeting agenda. One of the common challenges to effective meetings is attempting to include too many

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Element #3: Decide which meeting format will work best

How many times do you participate in a meeting and think, that could have been a phone call or I really wish we could have met in person? One of the key elements to conducting effective meetings is to figure out the type of meeting needed to accomplish your purpose and engage the attendees most

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