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Building a Better Meeting: Facilitation Skills for Everybody

Building a Better Meeting: Facilitation Skills for Everybody


WE-C is hosting a workshop by Laird Schaub, renowned expert on cooperative group dynamics, focused on creating better meetings. The content is useful for anyone leading or attending business or organizational meetings including WE Collective small groups. 


Intensive Description


Have you ever been to a meeting that was efficient, productive, and fun? How can groups create and maintain an environment of deep connection and effective decision-making? What skills, tools, and attitudes can all members (not just facilitators) learn to build better meetings? In this workshop, we will explore several elements of effective group meetings, including: Cooperative Attitudes, Ground Rules, Meeting and Content Management Skills, Tools for Working with Emotional Energy, a variety of Meeting Formats, a Model for Developing Proposals, Delegation Agreements, and Decision-Making Protocols. We’ll spend time practicing techniques for effective meetings, discuss common challenges that cooperative groups face, and explore long-term strategies for improving group decision-making.


About the Presenter


Laird Schaub lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing community he helped found in 1974. In addition, he served as the main administrator of the Fellowship for Intentional Community, a network organization he helped create, for the period 1987-2015. In addition to being an author and public speaker about various aspects of community, he's become an expert on cooperative group dynamics and has parlayed his passion for effective process into a consulting business. His specialty is up-tempo meetings that engage the full range of human input, teaching groups to work creatively with conflict, and at the same time being ruthless about capturing as much product as possible.