Unproductive meetings are among the worst drains on an organization’s limited resources. Other meeting facilitation courses do an excellent job of teaching participants how to set an agenda, brainstorm, prioritize, and end a meeting on time. But they don’t address the underlying reasons most meetings aren’t productive—there isn’t enough trust in the room for people to voice their real concerns, the conflicts people have aren’t addressed to anyone’s satisfaction, and people say they’re willing to compromise in the meeting and then sabotage the decision later on.
There’s a better way to run a meeting and you can learn how by attending the workshop Convergent Facilitation: Making Efficient, Collaborative Decisions. You’ll learn a three-phase decision-making framework that can be used:
- Throughout the lifecycle of a long-term project
- To break through a bottleneck
- To reach a quick decision
This practical workshop shows busy leaders, project managers, and individual contributors how to build trust, transcend conflict, and make collaborative decisions in meetings without sacrificing productivity. Ample breakout activities and coached role-plays will prepare you to begin using the Convergent Facilitation Decision-Making Framework as soon as you return to work.
Three Main Objectives
Participants will learn:
- The Convergent Facilitation Decision-Making Framework to discover break-through solutions to problems that seemed unsolvable
- A strategy that helps participants transcend conflicts, let go of their initial positions and embrace a decision that attends to all the needs present in the group
- Many ways to keep the meeting moving forward without leaving anyone behind
Why I Helped Create This Course
As the executive producer of KPFA Radio’s Morning Show for seven years, I was responsible for raising 20% of the station’s budget by forging 15 people’s wildly divergent viewpoints into a coherent program. What I learned from facilitating challenging editorial and station-wide meetings inspired me to partner with Miki Kashtan, PhD., the co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, to create this workshop for corporations, businesses and organizations.
Here is the link to the New York Times article Miki wrote on the subject: article
1 – 3 days
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