Managing Your Session

How to Set Up Your Virtual Breakout Sessions

By Michael Barrett | June 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

In this second of three videos extracted from a recent 50+ person workshop of the Southeast Association of Facilitators, you’ll learn a best practice for setting the stage for your breakout sessions.

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Flip Chart Best Practices

By Michael Barrett | February 2, 2020 | 2 Comments

In this video, you’ll learn four best practices for using flip charts in your workshops and the value they will bring to you AND your participants.

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Tension and Release: Another key to great workshop design

By Michael Barrett | March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

In this video, you’ll learn how to apply a jazz musician’s trick to the workshops you design and facilitate.


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The biggest pitfalls in recording your participants’ input

By Michael Barrett | July 6, 2018 | 2 Comments

In this video, you’ll learn the three “cardinal sins” when capturing the input of your workshop participants.


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Breakout Teams: Who and How Many?

By Michael Barrett | February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Breakout teams often breakdown because they haven’t been sufficiently planned. Learn practical, time-proven tips you can use from a Certified Master Facilitator (TM) on how to construct breakout teams by asking three simple but powerful questions.


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Breakout Sessions – How to Plan and Time Them

By Michael Barrett | January 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Learn how to master breakout sessions with these four steps for planning and timing them.


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The Power of Commitment Over Content

By Michael Barrett | January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a facilitator, if you’re focused on how right your participants are, you are focused on the wrong thing. In this video, learn what you should focus on instead.  


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How to Use Breakouts in Your Facilitated Sessions

By Michael Barrett | November 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

Learn how to plan and manage this powerful engagement strategy in your workshops.


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How to Time a Workshop

By Michael Barrett | October 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Learn four specific considerations for planning the timing of your workshop.


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How to Use Lobbying in Your Workshops

By Michael Barrett | July 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

Giving your participants the opportunity to lobby each other before they vote is a great technique to improve the quality of AND the buy-in to their decisions. Learn the seven steps to successful lobbying in this video.


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How to Use a Workshop Parking Lot

By Michael Barrett | June 24, 2017 | 7 Comments

Many people attempt to use this powerful facilitation tool…Few use it well.In this video, you’ll learn how to set it up, how to use it and how to close it out in every one of your meetings


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Meeting Ground Rules

By Michael Barrett | May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

In this video, learn about meeting ground rules: What they are; Why they matter and How you can use them to significantly improve the effectiveness of your meetings. 


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Managing Your Boss in Your Meeting

By Michael Barrett | July 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

Your boss is in the meeting you are facilitating. See how you can you plan ahead to ensure that they help and not hinder the discussion with your team.


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Enough! Let’s Move On

By Michael Barrett | April 8, 2016 | 4 Comments

A powerful ground rule you and your session participants will love…


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