Meeting Facilitation

Cost-Savings – Efficiency – Creative Solutions – Sustainable Results

Why would a well-led organization use an outside facilitator?  Often, there’s no reason to do so.  But, when the number attending is large, or the issues are complex or hotly contested, properly managing the meeting processes and communication quality requires full-time attention.  Yet the group deserves its leaders’ full focus on the issues at hand.  Moreover, a leader may have a stake in the outcome, and the group ultimately benefits if (s)he is given the space to attend to this interest like any other member.  When leaders aren’t forced to wear too many hats, you reach solutions better, faster and cheaper.

The right facilitator can:

  • Encourage all members to participate meaningfully in decisions and follow through
  • Provide both the actual neutrality and appearance of neutrality that takes leaders out of a no-win hot seat
  • Introduce structured activities to inspire candor
  • Catch and correct communication disconnects before they grow into conflicts
  • Foster fair distribution of air time
  • Teach and model good dynamics and communication

Margaret Anderson’s facilitation philosophy, possibly foreign to those from high-pressure, top-down corporate environments, is based on sound studies of how groups actually make decisions that work.  She can facilitate your meetings and/or teach your people to run their own meetings better in the future.

“[Margaret is] kind, caring, patient, and always well-prepared and knowledgeable.” – Student evaluation from
Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies