Management: Meeting Facilitator

How a Facilitator Helps Your Hold Effective Meetings
Bad meetings do more than waste time. They keep you from being competitive. Here’s how a facilitator will help you get results.
Meetings are an essential part of your business.
The results obtained in them determine your future and your profitability.
Yet, many people take meetings for granted. And as a result they squander opportunities.
One way to hold effective meetings is to hire a facilitator.
1) A facilitator adds value to your meeting by preparing the agenda, conducting the meeting, and writing minutes. All of these services free you to work on other tasks while getting the job done properly.
2) A professional facilitator will help you save money by holding a shorter meeting. The most expensive part of a meeting is the labor cost of the participants. Estimate this cost for your last meeting by multiplying the duration of the meeting by the number of participants by their payroll cost. (I’ve seen groups waste over $50,000 on a single bad meeting.)
3) A facilitator will help you get real results. For example, years ago, a group held three full-day meetings trying to resolve a difficult issue. Each of these meetings broke down after hours of painful arguing, bickering, and complaining. Then they hired me. My meeting lasted 3 hours and produced a list of realistic solutions, ranked in priority of their applicability.
4) A facilitator does more than watch people talk. A skilled facilitator knows how to apply creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making tools within a meeting. These help the group make methodical progress toward agreements, decisions, and solutions. And they produce results that everyone will support.