How many times have you seen a poorly-run meeting derail progress?
We’ve all been in meetings where:
- The meeting agenda got off-track and off-topic
- People didn’t contribute ideas or speak up
- Conflict arose over diverse viewpoints
- No real decision or action plan was determined
The result? No results. Unless a team agrees to action, your meeting is a waste of time.
Bottom Line: When people are invested in the process — when they put their fingerprints on an idea or decision — they’re more likely to invest in the outcome.
Meeting facilitation is like an insurance policy for your high-stakes meeting or conference.
Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) Kristin Arnold takes the burden off you by designing and facilitating your meeting, as well as following up to make sure your team follows through.
As your high-stakes meeting facilitator®, Kristin will:
- Keep things focused, on point, and productive
- Foster constructive conversation
- Create an energetic, engaging environment that encourages new ideas
- Bring diverse groups together and manage conflict
- Guide your team to a collaborative decision and actionable plan
There are no one-size-fits-all meeting plans here. Kristin uses a 4-step process to create and facilitate meetings that are customized to your outcomes, company culture, and the players involved.
Kristin talks with the meeting sponsor and gets crystal clear on the objectives. She’ll help you turn your general ideas into targeted deliverables.
In designing a meeting, Kristin’s goal is to truly “step into the shoes” of the people involved. She goes to great lengths to understand your company’s issues, culture, and unique challenges.
Before the meeting even begins, Kristin solicits the ideas of meeting attendees to discover areas of agreement—and where they don’t agree. She deploys a variety of tools and techniques to gather data, including attendee interviews and web-based surveys.
The result? A meeting uniquely tailored to your group, that engages participants and gets your goals accomplished.
Kristin guides the conversation and keep things high-energy and on track. During the meeting, she captures action steps as they arise. At the end, she confirms any agreed-upon action items that need to be done, and who is accountable for them.
Your meeting is only as good as the actions that come from it. Kristin ensures there’s a structure in place so you can maintain momentum. She provides a quick turnaround of the meeting minutes so the team can take immediate action.
“We came back recharged after our team-building session with you!”Ron Marler , VP, North America Toxicology Services, Covance Laboratories, Inc
“Kristin helped the U.S. Naval Institute develop an absolutely outstanding Strategic Plan. I’m a strong believer in the process Kristin outlined for us and the way she helped guide us. The plan has withstood the test of time, and is driving significant results. Kristin has my highest possible recommendation!”Scott Gureck , EVP, Membership and Marketing, U.S. Naval Institute
“We asked Kristin to deliver a program regarding personnel trends geared to our organization and demographics. Kristin was able to quickly understand our organization and to provide concrete ideas and common sense solutions. She did a terrific job pulling it together and delivering it in a way that was fun and inspiring.”John Phelps , CEO, State Bar of Arizona
“Kristin Arnold is the best I’ve ever seen on the subject of ‘effective teams,’ at all levels from senior execs to problem-solving teams…. I highly recommend her if you ever need some outside help on your directions for team effectiveness.”Steven L. Holcomb , Senior Project Engineer, Newport News Shipbuilding
“After literally decades of personally participating in these exercises, I was pleasantly surprised at Kristin’s skill in making this off-site one of the best ever. She exceeded all the team goals I set and provided several useful recommendations in her closing remarks and leave behind materials. Kristin is my first choice in the future to help me identify and resolve the challenges associated with any large team-building exercise. She has my unqualified recommendation as a facilitator, mentor, and problem solver of the first order.”Garnett Stowe , Vice President, Raytheon Company
“I have had several opportunities to use the tips, tricks, and tools that you presented in your workshop…and [my next] Steering Committee meeting went extremely well, far exceeding my expectations.”Leigh Baudreau , Sr Manager, Railinc
After literally decades of personally participating in these exercises, I was pleasantly surprised at Kristin’s skill in making this off-site one of the best ever. She exceeded all the team goals I set and provided several useful recommendations in her closing remarks and leave behind materials. Kristin is my first choice in the future to help me identify and resolve the challenges associated with any large team building exercise. She has my unqualified recommendation as a facilitator, mentor, and problem solver of the first order.”Garnett Stowe , Vice President, Raytheon Company
“I hired Kristin to work with my Board of Directors to facilitate our strategic planning session. My Board is composed of executive-level distributors and manufacturers. She provided me with the pre-planning support that we needed to keep the Board on-task, facilitated the meeting (totaling wowing my Board) and then provided a post-meeting summary that we used as our blue-print to complete our planning process. She managed the process flawlessly and on-budget.”Karen Ribler , Executive VP & COO, Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research
“Kristin is a highly skilled facilitator and speaker. She blends great subject matter knowledge with practicality to help groups achieve their objectives. I recommend Kristin without reservation.”John Farrell , HR Manager, Marathon Oil Company
“Kristin did an excellent job! She kept us on target and used different techniques to reach consensus in a timely manner. We left the session with conceptual goals and action plans.”Gary C. Beach PE , President McCrone, Inc
“Kristin does a great job of getting the principles across while making the workshop interesting and interactive. Class participants give her rave reviews.The participants in the department’s Leadership Development Program enjoyed your Extraordinary Team Facilitator workshop. They found your presentation to be top-notch. Comments I have heard include such things as…she presented the information in a very informative, non-threatening manner with just the right touch of light humor. Kudos to you on a job well done! On a more personal note, I add to the team’s compliments. I have completed two other facilitation courses by national organizations and found yours to be by far superior both in content and delivery.”Kay Freidinger , Director, Missouri Department of Revenue