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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

Give time checks, and end the meeting on time, even a bit early

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

Ready to close the year. Reflecting on smiles and struggles with full attention

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

VIPs are your Virtually Integrated Participants. In a mixed meeting (some in the room and others virtual) give twice as much attention to your VIPs as others. They need it. Put each virtual participants' name on a sheet and place in the physical room ... frequently refer to them by name eg. inviting their comment ... ask if they need a break (it's even harder being virtual than actual).

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

Hey let's have a meeting. Introducing Meeting Together Well in Calgary

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

Facilitation is a powerful multi-purpose tool. Wszechnica, Krakow