If you need a paper-based meeting evaluation form you can use at the end of your meetings, here’s one that’s quick to do and covers all the bases.
Just because nobody complained to your face about the meeting you just led, doesn’t mean it went well. You need to know whether it was effective or not.
Once, in a phone conversation with another facilitator, I asked him about the facilitation courses he taught. “I don’t teach any” he replied. “You can’t teach facilitation.” There are few opinions I offer that are as definitive as this one. He’s wrong.
This past week I spent two full evenings (6:00 – 10:00) participating with about 100 people in a visioning process for the city where I live. The consultants used scenario planning as the method for guiding our work.
It’s easy to believe meetings should just work. And yet, too often they don’t. That’s why you need to plan carefully. Coming armed with a bagful of tricks doesn’t hurt either.
When meeting participants don’t know each other, the sensible thing to do at the beginning is to ask each person to introduce him or herself to the other participants.