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Facilitation

Posts under Facilitation focus on primarily on conducting effective, transparent and decisive brainstorms – as well as advice on managing meetings in strategic planning, managing participants (and time!), and stimulating discussion and debate, brainstorms. Feel free to use the Search bar to scan for relevant tags.

Brainstorm Supplies

“Be prepared” is a mantra that stretches from Plato to Madame Curie to the Boy Scouts. It’s also relevant for brainstorm supplies. There’s nothing worse when your participants are ready
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Facilitation Workshop

This Facilitation Workshop is designed for those who currently run meetings, or plan to do so in the immediate future. The program develops participants’ ability to lead meetings more effectively
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Tips for Effective Conference Calls

With more and more employees scattered in different offices – if not countries – presenting your ideas or recommendations are often done by conference calls (also known as audio calls
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Is Bad Brainstorm Behavior Acceptable?

During a long bus ride recently, I finished the Australian novel The Slap. Perhaps I was hallucinating after eight hours without WiFi, but I found a lot of symmetry between bad behavior
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Let Someone Else Brainstorm For You

This post is #9 in a series from a presentation on Creative Slip-Ups: The 11 Most Common Mistakes in Brainstorming. The introduction to the series is here. The slip-up:  People
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Ten Qualities of a Brainstorm Facilitator

When someone invites me out for coffee (literally or figuratively), it’s usually followed by thestatement: “I want to be a brainstorm facilitator.” Like any occupation, facilitation is a valuable skill for
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The Most Common Mistakes in Brainstorming

Recently I gave a presentation on Creative Slip-Ups: The 11 Most Common Mistakes in Brainstorming to the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest partnership of P.R. firms with more than
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How to Break Your Presentation with Conversation

This post is #5 in a longer series of articles based on a presentation I gave to the Public Relations Insitute of Australia on “How To Make Your Audience Listen Better.” The Introduction
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Do You Want to Demonstrate Your Intelligence In A Meeting?

If you want to demonstrate your intelligence in a meeting, you have two options. Based on more than 60 workshops and meetings over the past few weeks for a bank
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Adult Play and Creativity

Here are two posts about ‘play’ for adults, particularly in business. On one hand, it’s fairly well-known that play is an important ingredient for adults, both in creative thinking and
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Writing in PowerPoint

Some days I wake up to a marvellous gift via e-mail. This morning, my friend Hertha sent me this article from The New York Times on the U.S. military and
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Left Brain Thinking

Here are two related blog posts, both written by Mitch Ditkoff of Idea Champions in Woodstock, New York. The first article – 10 Ways To Help Left Brainers Tap Into
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