|Abstract or Summary
- How to use this guide (quoted from prefatory material).
If part of your job is to lead or facilitate meetings in any setting then this guidebook is for you. Although its primary focus and examples are on meetings held with the public and other agencies outside Bonneville Power Administration the principles of meeting facilitation are the same anywhere, be it in meeting with staffs, project teams, managers, the general public, special interest groups, or other agencies.
Being an effective meeting facilitator is function that few professional people are trained or prepared for but are expected to perform. Although some individuals are "naturals" at it most people can learn these skills. This material was compiled as short reference to learning the skills of planning and facilitating interactive meetings. It is compendium of attitudes, principles, practices, and procedures used by competent meeting facilitators in organizations and businesses. In sense it is also guidebook on conflict resolution.
And it's brief. It's meant to be read or referenced each time you
prepare to facilitate meeting. It weaves together "how-to" information condensed from various training materials, books, and
publications, along with the authors fifteen years of experience.
Use this guidebook as friend, as short concise, hip-pocket guide,
sort of "Lazy Mans Guide..." to meeting facilitation. It is support
for you when faced with leading difficult meeting and time is short,
source of creative ideas and practical advice. Skill, of course, comes with practice. Mastery comes with experience and focused attention.
So read enjoy, and may you find great satisfaction in the practice of cultivating harmony in action -- within yourself and with groups who struggle with the problems of daily life.