Consultation, coaching & training for nonprofits & philanthropy
I believe that good relationships are the key to successful meetings; every voice matters and people support what they create. Therefore, it’s important that everyone has an opportunity to participate in a way that feels comfortable and allows space for their learning style. My meetings include various formats for engaging with the topic such as individual, pair, small group, and large group work, as well as session components that incorporate visual, auditory and kinesthetic aspects. The goal is for everyone to have an opportunity to learn and contribute while deepening relationships.
I believe that the “how” is as important as the “what”. Content and the ensuing discussion certainly matter and they’re often the main reason for holding the meeting. How that content is shared or how discussions take place, matters just as much. Careful attention is paid to the framing for each step of the meeting to address power dynamics and ensure equity in participation. If there are any challenges for participation (e.g. participants speak different languages), then those needs are addressed ahead of time.
I believe meetings can be enlivening, well-organized, responsive, and finish on time. I find that adults work and learn best in dynamic and experiential settings where they get to reflect, both individually and collectively, on what they did. Whenever possible, I embed fun and experiential components into meetings. Much thought is put into the design of the meetings so that they are organized and flow logically, yet there is space allotted for the gems that pop up unexpectedly which often provide important insight or new direction. All of this can be accomplished within the time set for the meeting in order to be respectful of participants’ schedules if expectations are realistic and mutually agreed upon in advance and if communication between parties is good.
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