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Designing the Conversation: Techniques for Successful Facilitation by Dan Willis, Brad Nunnally, Russ Unger

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Chapter 3. Set the Agenda

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All best laid plans of mice and men...

— Robert Burns

The agenda is the secret weapon of great facilitators. A well-planned agenda can be the savior that keeps a facilitator on track and on task, and it often provides guidance back to your path when things go off track.

The agenda is a facilitator’s secret weapon and most trusted ally. It will save you in times of need, and help wrangle in those that try to go off on their own.

Let’s talk about agendas, baby

As a facilitator, creating, setting, and managing an agenda will be one of your primary responsibilities. An agenda may seem so simple that it takes only a few minutes ...

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