What to Expect in a Facilitator on Fire Meeting
Most folks are all too familiar with the tedious, time-sapping, frustrating behaviors we have become accustomed to accepting in meetings – behaviors like:
- getting hopelessly derailed from your agenda
- running out of time because someone talks far too long, and
- feeling powerless while one person dominates discussions
There is a near-zero risk of any of these kinds of unproductive behaviors occurring in a meeting led by Kay Coughlin, Facilitator on Fire.
A Facilitator on Fire meeting is carefully designed to allow creativity, ideas and thoughts to surface in safety, which minimizes the risks typically associated with speaking up in a group setting. The techniques used in a Facilitator on Fire meeting emphasize:
Careful consideration of every idea that is voiced;
Firm use of situation-appropriate ground rules – such as “Be Fully Present” and “No Judgment” – to keep your group moving forward together, able to fully engage, enjoy and participate in developing the thoughts that are expressed; and
Tight focus on shared purpose and action plans.
“I would not believe this could possibly be true unless I saw it with my own eyes. But it is true! It really works just like this!”
So, what actually happens at a Facilitator on Fire meeting?
Carefully-sequenced questions and planning techniques designed to move your group through the day with purpose in mind.
No judgment – verbal or non-verbal – of ideas or thoughts expressed.
Idea-generating and prioritizing are done separately, making best use of group dynamics and the way brains actually work; this allows participants to express their most relevant thoughts and make their best decisions quickly.
Storyboards! All thoughts are captured on index cards, so participants don’t need to take notes.
Prioritization of ideas based on thoughtful consideration of purpose, NOT politics or lobbying.
Participants create action plans so they can get to work right away!