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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

Plans for the meeting are in chaos. Do these things to survive and thrive

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

A photo of a VIP. A simple way to boost engagement in hybrid meetings (some people in the room some remote

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

Start the meeting well before it starts. Get people thinking well before the day of the meeting

Tip of the week

It's easy and everyone's voice is heard at the beginning of the meeting (best for groups of 10-60). Think of a word (which has resonance with the group) eg 'climate' and pass it to someone. They have to think of a word which begins with the last letter. So they might say 'egg' and pass it on to the next person who says golf. And so on. Go fast. Before you start, ask people to guess how long it will take to get round the whole group.

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

Reading

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...

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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

Practicing co-facilitation. Four hands on the wheel?

Explore the vast potential of virtual meetings - the sky’s the limit

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