As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one, or the more ideas the more likely you will get a better outcome. Research tells us conflict can obscure the gains made by sharing ideas.
Here are a few meeting facilitation tips to ensure that your next meeting captures the voices and ideas of your people.
- Affirm the fact that a disagreement of ideas is happening. Remind the group that this shows that each person is bringing their best ideas in-and not “hiding” from each other.
- Restate the main ideas presented.
- Offer that an easy or early solution/ answer might work against the goal of getting to the best place possible.
- Offer a “Parking Lot” to place important ideas on for longer discussion post-meeting.
It can also be useful to use language that helps lower defensiveness in others. For example:
- Affirm each person by offering “great thought…good contribution…useful idea…
- Remind the group that “truth springs from argument among friends.”
- Urge the group to stop looking for the right answer and look at all possibilities.
- Say, ”Let’s think together here…”
These tips are intended to be useful and to help you get the most out of meetings.
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