The Secrets of Facilitation: The SMART Guide to Getting Results with Groups 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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From the Author
· Four new chapters covering:
o Virtual meetings
o Facilitating large groups and conferences
o Facilitating cross-cultural groups
o Building an in-house network of facilitators
· Ten engagement strategies that we teach to advanced facilitators
o Brief encounters
o Dump and clump
o Elevator speech
o Forced analogy
o Future letter
o Last person standing
o More of / Less of
o Start / Stop / Continue
o Talking Stick
o The Whip
· Eleven new secrets covering the following topics:
o Defining the session product: the three Hs
o Managing a sponsor's presence
o Exciting people in the opening
o Gaining consensus on wording
o Preparing for a virtual meeting
o Engaging people virtually
o Facilitating large groups
o Facilitating conferences
o Managing time with speakers
o Facilitating cross-cultural groups
o Establishing an internal facilitator cadre
· Sixteen additional case studies, including:
o The facilitator's role in civic leadership groups
o The starting question to engage the VP's number two
o Preparing for vision councils
o The power of the pen, ELMO and parking boards
o The low-key facilitator
o The virtual strategy monitoring session
o Facilitating a conference on spirituality
o Facilitating the strategic plan for a Caribbean government
o The facilitator development program at Saudi Aramco
o The pull strategy at Hydro One
· Expanded information on handling dysfunctions, including how to prevent the dysfunction, what to do in the moment when you are facing the dysfunction, and what to do after the moment
· An expanded list of dysfunctions which adds the following five:
o Cell Phone Junkie
o Topic Jumper
o Low Energy Group
o Time Pressured Group
· New material on numerous topics including:
o Applying the secrets to running a simple meeting
o Applying the secrets to the first meeting of a task force
o Should the sponsor be in the room?
o When should you arrive for a meeting?
o The informed majority decision making process
o Energy and authenticity
o Crossing the river: my favorite team building activity
o Defining what can be communicated following the session
o Interrupting the effects of institutional power through facilitation
o Facilitator neutrality: fact or fiction?
o Facilitator certification
· A new feature in every chapter answering, "Why do this?" to highlight why a particular approach or strategy is so critically important.
· Recommended exercises at the end of each chapter to suggest ways to practice one or more key concepts covered in the chapter
My hope is that you find this new edition a worthy addition to your facilitation resource library! --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Inside Flap
The revised edition of this facilitation classic offers a wealth of targeted techniques for facilitators who seek effective, consistent, and repeatable results. Based on Michael Wilkinson's proven SMART (Structured Meeting And Relating Techniques) approach, The Secrets of Facilitation can help to achieve stellar results when managing, presenting, teaching, planning, and selling, as well as other professional and personal situations.
This expanded edition includes new chapters on facilitating virtual meetings, cross-cultural teams, and large groups and conferences. It also provides a series of strategies for engaging teams, additional information about making meetings more productive, and further guidance on preventing dysfunctional behavior. In addition, the book contains a wealth of fresh case studies and an ancillary website with must-have tools and techniques for both the beginner and the seasoned facilitator.
Praise for the First Edition of The Secrets of Facilitation
"One of the single most powerful processes is the ability to successfully lead a group to an impactful, actionable outcome. In The Secrets of Facilitation, beginning and experienced facilitators alike will find tools to take their results to the next level."
Jim Canfield, chief learning officer, TEC International
"This book shares 'The Secrets' that have been the basis of my facilitation practice for over a decade."
Kerri McBride, past chair, International Association of Facilitators
"In my career, I've seen many, many facilitators. Michael Wilkinson is the best. 'The Secrets' explain why."
Len Roberts, CEO, RadioShack
"We have trained over 100 leaders and business analysts in 'The Secrets.' Great facilitation works."
Peter Scott, executive general manager, MLCNational Australia Bank
"At last there is a practical, hands-on guide for anyone who works with groups or teams. This book delivers!"
Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO, Herrmann International, Herrmann Brain Dominance Indicator--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00DBOZPI4
- Publisher : Jossey-Bass; 2nd edition (August 28, 2012)
- Publication date : August 28, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 8398 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 640 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #617,695 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The goal of the book: to provide a reader with the comprehensive tool how to lead a group of people on the meeting to the one agreement supported by everyone.
The book main idea: Effective Decision = Right Decision * Commitment to the decision; so you can achieve more effective results when the solution are created, understood and accepted by the people involved.
The value of the book: personally I think, that this is the best exhaustive world class book about the facilitation - to make easier to study the current process/situation and find the ways for an improvement together. It contains a lot of technics aimed at the meeting preparation & leading, gathering, grouping & studying information, solution’s creation and prioritization, implementation steps with verbatim examples.
The application areas of the book knowledge: developing the skill of asking questions, strategic planning, total quality management, issue resolution, performance improvement, lean processing, communication engagement, town hall meetings etc.
I would highly recommend this book whether one is just starting out or a seasoned facilitator. I wish I had had access to this information because some of my past sessions would have gone that much smoother.
Thank you Michael!