Facilitating with Ease!Core Skills for Facilitators, Team Leaders and Members, Managers, Consultants, and Trainers
The definitive guide to running productive meetings Facilitating With Ease! has become the go-to handbook for those who lead meetings, training, and other business gatherings. Packed with information, effective practices, and invaluable advice, this book is the comprehensive handbook for anyone who believes meetings should be productive, relevant, and as short as possible. Dozens of exercises, surveys, and checklists will help transform anyone into a skilled facilitator, and clear, actionable guidance makes implementation a breeze. This new fourth edition includes a new chapter on questioning, plus new material surrounding diversity, globalization, technology, feedback, distance teams, difficult executives, diverse locations, personal growth, meeting management, and much more. With in-depth, expert guidance from planning to closing, this book provides facilitators with an invaluable resource for learning or training. Before you run another meeting, discover the practices, processes, and techniques that turn you from a referee to an effective facilitator. This book provides a wealth of tools and insights that you can put into action today. Run productive meetings that get real results Keep discussions on track and facilitate the exchange of ideas Resolve conflict and deal with difficult individuals Train leaders and others to facilitate effectively Poorly-run meetings are an interruption in the day, and accomplish little other than putting everyone behind in their “real” work. On the other hand, a meeting run by an effective facilitator makes everyone’s job easier; decisions get made, strategies are improved, answers are given, and new ideas bubble to the surface. A productive meeting makes everyone happy, and results in real benefits that spread throughout the organization. Facilitating With Ease! is the skill-building guide to running great meetings with confidence and results.
FACILITATING WITH EASE! Since the publication of the first edition of Facilitating With Ease! in 2000, this bestselling book has become the "go-to" reference for anyone who wants to become skilled in the art of facilitation. These pages are filled with dozens of tools and techniques, surveys and processes to help you make all of your meetings more productive. This latest edition includes a new chapter about how to use questioning to achieve specific goals. It also features a comprehensive collection of structured conversations complete with step-by-step notes for conducting meetings virtually. Facilitating With Ease! also includes: An overview of the core practices at the heart of facilitation A primer of when and how to use questions Guidance for leaders about how to manage neutrality Important tools for helping groups make important decisions Detailed process notes for complex group meetings Praise for FACILITATING WITH EASE! "If you're only going to buy one book on facilitation, this is the one to buy! That's what we tell the managers, consultants and facilitators who attend our facilitation training programs. It's a gold mine of ideas, resources and practical tools." —Ronnie McEwan, Director, Kinharvie Institute, Glasgow, Scotland "I have rarely run into a better collection of pragmatic tips, tools and techniques. If you work with people to accomplish something important, save yourself a lifetime of trial and error: read this book, put its message to use, and start seeing where real collaboration can lead your organization." —Adriano Pianesi, ParticipAction Consulting, Inc., Washington DC "Ingrid Bens' masterful book Facilitating With Ease! is a must-have for any facilitator regardless of experience. I use it extensively to review processes, tools and techniques before any engagement." —George F. Smith, CPF, Summit Consultants, Atlanta, Georgia "Facilitating With Ease! provides clear and effective guidelines for group facilitation. In China we are using this book to help organizations develop facilitative leaders who can successfully invoke the spirit of cooperation and team synergy." —Ren Wei, Professional Facilitator, X'ian, China "Facilitating With Ease! helps beginners as well as experienced facilitators to find their way along different aspects of facilitation. Easy to understand, this book provides insight into the principles of facilitation and shows examples of practical applications for concrete situations." —Sieglinde Hinger, Siemens Corporation, Austria
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