Free guide to facilitation offers smart pointers you can try at home – or at least at the office

Free guide to facilitation available for downloading

Sometimes I wonder how I lived without the internet, that seemingly endless flow of news and ideas, which, loaves-and-fishes style, miraculously replenishes itself with every visit.

While the quality of content can be uneven and its reliability sometimes suspect, the web is nonetheless a lush hunting ground for discerning information seekers. The best part of course is that so much of it is free.

Michelle Golden, who blogs at Golden Practices, has uncovered one of those gems that internet hunts can yield: a free guide to “Basic Facilitation Skills” (in PDF) available for downloading from the web site of the International Association of Facilitators.

This free 32-page booklet provides step-by-step guidelines for organizing and running productive meetings. There are sample forms to adapt for your own meeting, as well as tips for keeping meetings on track with suggested interventions for dealing with everything from personal attacks to sidebar discussions.

4 responses to “Free guide to facilitation offers smart pointers you can try at home – or at least at the office

  1. Diane, thanks so much for picking up my post and spreading the word about meeting facilitation!

    very best regards,

  2. Michelle, you’re very welcome!

    I’ve been a fan of your blog for a long time — it is a dependable source for great ideas for small business owners like me. And I often find things there directly relevant to my work as a mediator and facilitator — like this excellent guide you shared with your readers.

    I’m the one who should be saying thank you!

  3. Diane,

    Once again you shared great information. Thanks.

  4. Guy, you are so very welcome. And thank you for being a regular reader!