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.
Ask Martin vlog
Meeting Essentials Part 1
Give time checks, and end the meeting on time, even a bit early
Plans for the meeting are in chaos. Do these things to survive and thrive
Hello hello hello. Open the meeting in a safe and engaging way
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)
Tip of the week
Take five - and make it short and snappy. There is often a need to update people with quick bits of un-contentious information. The x event has been moved from this date to that ... a new team member will start on ... scaffolding will be going up around the building next Monday. Put them into a rapid fire 'Short and snappy information' agenda item. Agenda it for a fixed time - not many minutes, for example take five.
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...
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.
Interviews & Events
This short film from Marc von Seters presences four perspectives on facilitative leadership world-wide
Getting a move on with Usain Bolt. Manage time, move people on, place your ideas in this bag
Facilitation is a powerful multi-purpose tool. Wszechnica, Krakow