Step 3

Begin the Meeting

Overview

• Develop a strong opening.

• Establish the ground rules, goals, and the parking lot.

With the groundwork laid, it’s time to begin the meeting. Successful facilitation sessions open with a bang to get everyone on the same page and engaged in achieving the meeting’s objectives. A strong opening includes using icebreakers, reviewing the agenda, clarifying the purpose and objectives, establishing ground rules, and explaining the parking lot.

Develop a Strong Opening

The opening of a facilitation session should not only help to establish the credibility of the facilitator but also accomplish three things: Grab the participants’ attention, express the main goal of the meeting, and explain what the audience can expect ...

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