If you have wondered how to a book can help you grow your business and you are in Tucson for the Festival of Books this Sunday, March 15, please join me.
Workshop: Grow Your Business with a Book
Publishing a book can be a powerful way to market your expertise and grow your business. What kinds of books do business owners, consultants, and other professionals publish? How do they go about getting them published?Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible) Sun, Mar 15, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
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As with any product or service, meetings need feedback from their customers (in this case participants) in order to continually increase their effectiveness. I plan to share four techniques that give meeting facilitators specific processes to obtain accurate information about the effectiveness of their meetings. These technique alternatives ask for different types of information in different ways, but all provide the meeting facilitator with the data necessary to accurately measure and consistently improve the quality of his or her meetings.
My colleague Bob Frisch, Managing Partner of the Strategic Offsites Group, wrote an excellent article in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Inc. Magazine. Here it is.
Off-site meetings are usually touted as a great way to break free from the daily grind and inspire your team to think big. But sometimes, you find yourself leaving the resort, conference center or, heaven forbid, airport Hilton feeling like you’ve just lost two days you can never get back.
Done well or done poorly, off-sites can resonate for years. “People will keep buzzing about ‘the Continue reading →
How many people on your gift list hate meetings or run them so poorly that they make others hate them? You can help colleagues, friends and family stop bad meetings this holiday season by giving them Mission Critical Meetings: 81 Practical Facilitation Techniques.
This book will show your colleagues and loved ones how to plan and facilitate meetings that participants will look forward to. Whether your gift is an act of thoughtful generosity, or a big hint to your boss, each reader will learn how to:
“There are a number of competing groups within my organization. Sometimes a good idea can be squelched because the people who thought of and developed the idea did not consider its potential opposition. Is there a systematic process to deal with this type of potential problem?”
#5: Force Field Analysis
What is Force Field Analysis?
Force Field Analysis is a technique that involves identifying both the forces that support and the forces that resist a decision or change, and then determining how to strengthen the positive forces and weaken the negative forces so that the change can Continue reading →
“I think the goals we set are clear and agreed upon during our meetings, but even hours later there seems to be little agreement about exactly what we agreed to. How can we avoid this problem?”
#2: SMART Goals
What are SMART Goals?
The SMART Goals technique helps you obtain clear agreement from your meeting group about exactly what is meant by any particular goal. This technique is also excellent for improving the likelihood that a specific goal will be implemented to the satisfaction of everyone who is involved.
Meetings are more powerful and effective with an implementation, next steps, or action component. But while many groups agree on where they want to go and what they need to do, few plan how to get there. This often results in conflict, confusion and diminished effectiveness. Gaining agreement on how these group decisions will be carried out strongly increases the likelihood of success.
The 15 Techniques for Implementing Decisions demonstrate how to efficiently move a meeting group toward action. These techniques ensure agreement on actions, clarify roles and responsibilities, and formulate plans for review and follow-up.
“I’ve been having trouble getting approval for important changes to the way we do business. I can’t seem to get the leadership team on the same page. What can I do?”
#10 Business Case
What is a Business Case?
A Business Case describes the goal, costs and benefits of making a change with the purpose of influencing decision makers to approve the change. Although Business Cases are usually expressed in financial terms and written with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in mind, a strong business case is one that addresses not only the financial rationale for a change, Continue reading →
“Sometimes our group makes decisions to pursue things that we later find don’t make a lot of difference or could make a difference but are out of our control. How can we avoid these problems?”
#9 Impact and Changeability Analysis
What is Impact and Changeability Analysis?
Impact and Changeability Analysis is a decision-making technique that helps a meeting group to isolate and focus on the options that will have the most impact on their organizational goals. In addition, this technique identifies the options that are within their authority to change. This technique results in increased efficiency of effort Continue reading →
“I want to make sure that the groups I facilitate are making sound decisions based on agreed-upon criteria, not just on the whims and fancies of the moment. What do you suggest?”
#8 Criteria Matrix
What is Criteria Matrix?
Criteria Matrixis a technique designed to prioritize a group of potential alternatives under consideration. This is accomplished by identifying and weighing agreed-upon criteria against each of those alternatives. Establishing criteria forces a group to articulate and examine their values, rationales, and assumptions before making their decision.
Criteria are standards from which one makes judgments or decisions, and Continue reading →