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What is a Professional Meeting Facilitator?

Posted by Kristin Arnold on July 8, 2013

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What is a high stakes meeting facilitator®?

The goal of all facilitators is to make things easier. What sets our high stakes meeting facilitators® apart is their ability to ensure a successful outcome for highly important meetings, taking the stress off of you. They help guide the team process, enabling people to understand the issues, reach agreements and plan next steps. Whether the team is planning for the future, solving a problem, improving a process, resolving a conflict or deciding a course of action, our high stakes meeting facilitators® help the team achieve their desired results efficiently, effectively and in the least amount of time required.

What are the benefits of using a facilitator?

By using a facilitator you have a tremendous opportunity to increase the number of people involved, increase the quality of their ideas, increase their commitment and provide support to the session outcomes and bottom line.  Ultimately, you have a much greater possibility that the team’s overall goal will be achieved.

Are there different types of facilitators?

There are two types of facilitators: active facilitators and developmental facilitators.

Our active facilitators are usually used for a short term need, such as when a decision needs to be made quickly and a problem needs to be solved. Typically, in active facilitation, our facilitator meets with the team to prepare for the meeting and agree on the outcome. Then, the facilitator actively leads the team through the process to achieve the desired results, allowing the team leader to participate fully in the session.

During team implementation projects, we may start off using active facilitation, gently tapering off our involvement using the developmental facilitation strategy.

Our developmental facilitators use a longer-term strategy where the team learns how to facilitate their own processes. In developmental facilitation, our facilitators spend more time coaching the members on the process, roles, tools and techniques before and after the meeting. This type of facilitation appears much more passive during the actual meeting while the facilitator observes team dynamics and only intervenes in a way that teaches the team members facilitation skills. The end goal of developmental facilitation is for the team to get to the point that they won’t need an outside facilitator anymore.

What type of facilitator is Kristin Arnold and what makes her different?

Kristin is a master facilitator; she not only facilitates all along the continuum from active to developmental facilitation, but she trains others to be facilitators, as well. Our Extraordinary Team focuses on process facilitation and we have a clear and deep understanding of team process, which involves how groups of individuals come together, work together, talk to each other, make decisions and handle conflict.

We have an enormous set of process tools and techniques to help teams achieve their desired results, whatever stage of development they are in and we have a large base of experience to draw from to help the team avoid making errors and missing opportunities.

We believe that your team already knows what to because no one knows the company better than the people who work in it on a daily basis. We have the process and tools to draw it out for you in an efficient, effective and orderly way.