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
Let's hear from everybody. Ways to help people get engaged (in a meeting)
Big name badges. See participants names without any embarrassing staring
Start the meeting well before it starts. Get people thinking well before the day of the meeting
Chair's primary role is ... to chair the meeting. No more muddling process and content
Tip of the week
How do you get talkative people to be quiet? 2. In a speaker presenting scenario, before the session starts agree with speakers how long they will speak for and agree when you will give them a time check. A 10-minutes talk may have a 5-minute time check. When introducing them, announce that you have agreed with the speaker that you'll indicate at 8 minutes. When 8 minutes comes show 8 fingers and keep your hands aloft until the speaker has seen you.
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 is how organisations and teams can benefit from facilitation Wszechnica, Krakow
Explore the vast potential of virtual meetings - the sky’s the limit
Practicing co-facilitation. Four hands on the wheel?