How to run a productive meeting

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Participants practiced their skills by holding a mock meeting.

Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) partnered with the Steps Coalition to to offer a two- day workshop, Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings on Feb 11-12, 2014. This class was taught by Ann Weaver and Marian Hanisko from NOAA Coastal Services Center.

Twenty-three participants attended the workshop, including federal, county, and state agencies and non-profit groups, to increase their ability to plan and facilitate a meeting that minimizes conflict and enhances problem solving.

Participants walked through a process which helped them determine if a collaborative process is appropriate, select people with the skill sets needed to fill each meeting role, learn and practice facilitation skills, use appropriate process tools and techniques to address the meeting objectives, manage conflict in meetings by understanding group dynamics, and identify disruptive behaviors in group processes and practice strategies to deal with them.

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Participants used polling techniques during their mock meetings.

All participants that completed the evaluation agreed or strongly agreed that attending the class was a good use of their time and that the class increased their knowledge of how to run a more productive meeting. Ninety-three percent of participants said that they learned something that they would apply in their work or future decisions (the other participant answered ”prefer not to answer/not applicable). This workshop was very well received and participants said that they will be using the skills that they learned at future meetings.

If you would like to host this meeting, contact NOAA Coastal Services Center.

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