|Re: Meeting Times - Facilitation||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mac Thomson (ganeshrmi.net)|
|Date: Fri, 13 Jun 1997 19:45:06 -0500|
Chris Chrysostom wrote: > > On the flip side, I think participants need to follow a facilitator's cues > or instructions. I have noticed that one facilitator cannot force a group > of adults to stick to the agenda or follow meeting rules. Afterall, if a > member misbehaves, can you make that member leave? Participants must choose > to follow the rules (or the facilitator) to allow the meeting to run smoothly. I think that a good facilitator CAN make a group to stick to an agenda or follow meeting rules. This has to be done very skillfully and tactfully, however. For starters, the facilitator should start the meeting by reviewing the agenda, the purpose of the meeting (or each agenda itme), and the group's meeting ground rules. Then during the course of the meeting if someone or the whole group strays asway from any of these things, the facilitator can remind them of the agreements made at the beginnig of the meeting. This is not to say that the facilitator cannot make changes to the agenda or purpose during the course of the meeting based on how things are proceeding, but this must be done overtly with the particpants' agreement. I've never had to ask anyone to leave a meeting and find it hard to imagine in a cohousing environment, but I've taken facilitation training from a woman who has done just that. She asked the particpant if he wanted to follow the group's ground rules and when he continued to violate them, she asked him to leave. She's not in any way a brute and I don't think that tha's necessary. She simply understood that her job was to guide the group in the meeting towards achieving their agreed upon purpose and she did so with the necessary assertiveness. -- Mac Thomson San Juan Cohousing ganesh [at] rmi.net Durango, Colorado "When the forms of the old culture are dying, a new culture is created by a few people who are not afraid of being insecure."
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