I was recently part of a meeting that was VERY frustrating! Sound familiar? It was supposed to be a collaborative mind-share with six people – most of whom were complete strangers. There were so many things wrong with that interaction! I want to spare others from the same fate.
When gathering people together who don’t know each other well, the most important first element is TRUST. Most adults are leery to divulge too much with virtual strangers, and without trust, it’s hard to get anything meaningful accomplished.
So how do we build trust in just a short amount of time (after all, we’re not just here to hold hands and sing songs)? It’s really pretty simple, and requires just a little forethought and planning.
Here are the basic elements:
Obviously, this is not rocket science, but it’s amazing how many meeting leaders miss the boat. I would love to help you with any of your facilitation needs. Everyone will benefit from additional effort in this up front.