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Habits in our meetings and working relationships help each of us get through the day - but they also limit us. With get2thepoint, your team can let go of what is no longer helpful and learn new perspectives, skills and ways of working with each other. Martin’s NowBlog, videos and articles about meetings, coaching and the real life of organisations, are offered to serve everyone who is working to sustain civil society, worldwide.

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Meeting Essentials Part 1

There's a noise in my head. Notice how having a noisy filter in your head makes it hard to engage

Let's hear from everybody. Ways to help people get engaged (in a meeting)

Big name badges. See participants names without any embarrassing staring

Finding a way through a painful meeting with FFF (with I for Insight in the middle)

Chair's primary role is ... to chair the meeting. No more muddling process and content

Tip of the week

Make decisions about decision making. Consider the nature of the group and think ahead about how decisions are to be made. It may be that there needs to be voting, which requires a simple majority or full consensus, it could be the group will continue to discuss until it is clear that everyone is in accord with a decision or maybe until everyone can at least live with the decision. For some meetings it is important to agree the decision making model before people arrive in the room, for other meetings it is mission critical.

52 tips to bring magic to your meetings - that’s one a week for a year


Governance magazine
For 7 years to 2014 Martin Farrell wrote ‘Under the BoardTalk’ for every issue of Governance magazine. In a light-hearted but serious way, this column looks into some of the issues facing charity trustee boards in the UK and internationally.

Third sector magazine (UK)
Some habits keep us safe. Others keep us stuck. This regular column in the UK’s Third Sector magazine (2014/15) invited us to reflect on our habits and to change those that serve neither us nor those we are serving. Let’s face our demons even if when it's scary, unsettling and difficult.

All sorts of useful stuff
Dealing with major Incidents, Indabas, collaborative facilitation and more...

All articles here

Meeting Together

Meeting Together and the 5Ps

Published in 2006, Meeting Together (86pp) contains wisdom, tips and ideas about meetings in an engaging, readily digestible, sometimes funny and always insightful way. The 5Ps+1 is a simple tool for checking you’ve got everything covered - before, during and after the magic moment of your next meeting.

Read about Meeting Together and the 5Ps

Interviews & Events

This is how organisations and teams can benefit from facilitation Wszechnica, Krakow

What skills does a facilitator have? Wszechnica, Krakow

Why and how a facilitator adds value to your conference. Association of Association Executives