Facilitation Meets Youth Services

Youth Services Meeting Ground RulesI was recently invited to facilitate a meeting of our Youth Services staff.  Since my early facilitation experiences were in an informal book club setting, I appreciated the chance to facilitate a more structured meeting.  The group was meeting to reflect on the highs and lows of our 2013 Summer Reading Program and to brainstorm programs for the first half of 2014.  After receiving the agenda and time goals in advance, I planned activities and techniques that would move the discussion forward.  Since the meeting had three “phases”, I chose a slightly different mechanic for each topic. More