Why is it still so common to see people exiting from a meeting shaking their heads wondering what just went on, or making statements such as “well that was a waste of time” or “these meetings are always the same, they never want to hear what we have to say.”
The reason is because these types of meetings are not planned properly, the mix of people is not considered thoroughly enough, no one figures out or deals with the complex agendas people bring with them etc. In short these events are not facilitated professionally and therefore the results are poor.
The skill of the facilitator is not to be underestimated and if you want to get buy-in for an idea or new product or service, then time spent considering the management of such events is crucial.
This is why engaging an external professional facilitator is a worthwhile investment. He or she is unbiased and therefore brings no previous history or 'baggage' that can draw a negative veil over the proceedings. A professional facilitator has the skills to manage a diverse range of personalities and will ensure that everyone has a voice. A Business Affinity facilitator will guide and control your event in order to extract high quality decisions, strategies, solutions, ideas and opinions.
Managing hostility & negativity
Managing hostility, conflict, suspicion, negativity, powerful personalities, stressed people, shy people, hidden agendas, dysfunctional behaviour and providing structure, control and direction are all part of the diverse skill set that a competent facilitator brings to an event.
Being sincere, respectful, open, encouraging, challenging and assertive; providing safety, fostering cooperation and committment, as well as encouraging divergent thinking and convergent action, are some of the principles a Business Affinity facilitator practices.