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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

One breath feedback. An entertaining and practical way to give focussed feedback

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)

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

A name to entice. Choose an appealing name that embodies what your meeting's about. For instance, 'Quiet Enjoyment' was the name of a meeting for a London local authority. It was named after their anti-harassment policy, which the meeting aimed to improve. A UN agency chose the name 'Re-Treat for Real Work' for an awayday. The team had worked hard and deserved a day out (a treat) which helped them be productive (real work).

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

Me to we ... inside outside. Deeply connecting our inner and outer worlds

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

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