Meetings and Facilitation
General Tips for Organizing Meetings and Facilitation
Meeting Participant Self-Check
No Blood for Oil meeting guidelines http://www.nbfo.net/points.htm
with modifications by the editor.]
Tone and Body Language:
aware of how your attitude influences others as well as the effectiveness
of the meeting. Make thoughtful comments that maintain a positive and
Stay on Topic/Make Concise Statements:
the goals of the meeting by making succinct comments that pertain directly
to objectives addressed in the agenda. Evaluate your comments as to whether
they assist or divert the direction of the meeting.
Step Back, Step Up:
how much you raise your hand and/or speak. Be aware of others who have
not spoken and the environment in which they would feel comfortable to
do so. If you arent speaking but have something to add, assert yourself
with the understanding that your comment will be heard and respected.
Dont simply wait for your turn to talk, LISTEN.
should not be about winners and losers or personal attacks. Offensive
and defensive behavior and accusations detract from the objectives of
the meeting. Be sensible about the intentions of others by giving them
the benefit of the doubt.
Respect the Role of the Facilitator:
the facilitator make the meeting effective. This does not mean pointing
out minor mistakes, but rather allowing the facilitator to do their job
to better the outcome of the meeting. It is not a personal attack when
the facilitator fails to put you on the stack in the correct order.
We're in this Together:
of activists and organizations generally would not happen if the people
in them werent committed to similar ideas and held similar values.
Try to keep in mind that a grassroots organization is a joint effort which
requires a healthy, positive, give and take atmosphere. Meetings should
be productive in order to leave with specific plans and that great feeling
of achievement and solidarity!
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