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Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0114 | August 19, 2003 | 9,000 Subscribers

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picture of Steve Davis, editor of the Master Facilitator Journal.From the Publisher: 

Hello MFJ Readers. 

This week's article, "Meeting Mapping," explores my recent love affair with a mind-mapping software program called MindJet.com. Lately, I've become a veritable mind-mapping madman. What is it that has me so hooked? I think it's the fact that I can quickly capture (and find) ideas that come to me in a non-linear, visual fashion. This article briefly highlights the benefits of using this software to design and conduct meetings.

Note that details of our next offering of the Random Acts of Facilitation Teleclass on September 8th-12th are available for registration at the end of this article. Also, with our "Getting Full Participation" Facilitator's Guide being well received, we plan to release our next guide, "Intervene with Confidence" in a few weeks.

If any of you have had interesting experiences with groups as either a participant or as a facilitator, please tell us about it. We may invite you to interview with us to highlight your story as a case study for a future issue.

Thanks for your support!
Steve Davis


GAME Skill

Meeting Mapping
Using Mind Maps to Create and Run Effective Meetings

The Point

I have recently become a fan of a mind-mapping software program called MindJet.com. Lately, I've become a veritable mind-mapping madman. What is it that has me so hooked? I think it's the fact that I can quickly capture (and find) ideas that come to me in a nonlinear, visual fashion, similar in form, I believe, to the way they come to us.

In fact with the help of Rob Berkely, my coach, we generated pages of mind maps to flesh out our FacilitatorU.com business. What was before to broad and diffuse to get my arms around, now I have a framework I can see. This framework includes the actions I need to take as well and lets me relate them to each major aspect of the business. Though there's a heck of a lot to do, I feel additional energy is freed up to work on it now that I'm clear what all is there.

So what in the world has this to do with facilitation you might ask? Well I'll tell you. It just so happens that people use this software to develop and run meetings, not to mention the fact that you can use it to help your groups brainstorming new ideas, plan projects, and resolve conflicts!

I've included a mind map that can be used as a guide for creating, running and following up on meetings. Why not give it a try.


Here's a mind map that can be used to create and run meetings. Click on map to view a readable version.

Essentially, the greatest benefits I see from using mind maps this way are:

  • It's easier to organize idea, actions, and ideas as they come in their proper place for later collation and documentation.

  • You get to see a picture of your entire meeting as you move through it. Start at the top and move clockwise following each branch to completion as necessary.

  • Whole new maps can be easily created and linked to main map that include detailed agenda items, problem areas, unrelated but important topics, etc.

  • It's easy to find your place on a mind map than it is in a text document.

  • Software allows you to make detailed text notes for any branch of the map.

  • Business edition allows map can be exported to MS Word into a textual format complete with notes attached to each branch.

  • Maps can be shared with participants after the meeting in a way that allows for quicker and easier communication of ideas.

Interested in checking out this product? Go to MindJet.com.


Choose a topic to mind map and practice using this tool to brainstorm ideas. Or use the meeting map to design and run your next meeting. I'd love to hear how this works for you. Please email us your comments.


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  • Develop innovative ideas more effectively
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  • Save valuable time in project planning
  • Business edition provides MS Office Integration.
  • Easy to use

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About the Publisher
Steve Davis is "The Facilitator's Coach," helping leaders enhance their effectiveness through the application and perspective of facilitation. Please email or call me at 805-489-4130 to schedule a Free exploratory session, or to share your suggestions and ideas for the journal. I'd love to hear from you. If you find this newsletter helpful, please forward it to your friends. Thanks for reading!

In the Spotlight

New 5-day Teleclass
for new facilitators and change agents.

Skills and attitudes for the new facilitator or group member who wants to get their group into serious motion.

Random Acts of Facilitation, 5-Day Teleclass

This class will meet for five consecutive weekdays September 8-12, 2003 at 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST (NY Time) to cover 25+ facilitative actions you can take to empower and move groups forward. This course is for beginning facilitators or group members that simply want to know more about facilitation so that they can make the groups they are a part of more effective.

How the 5-Day Format/Training works...
1. You dial into your class every day for 5 days (Mon-Fri) for a 30-minute focused training segment using a conferencing bridge.
2. You work a 25-point checklist during the 5 days (about an hour a day of study and field work) which you complete by Friday afternoon, or sooner if you wish.
3. You will have the opportunity to discuss issues on the subject matter with the instructor and your classmates via an online discussion forum during the course.
4. During the week, you may access the instructor via email for help or situational questions.

5-Day Random Acts of Facilitation Training Agenda...
Here's what you'll be learning and doing during the 5-Day course...

Introduction to the Facilitation and Self Facilitation Skills.

1. Create the Ambience.
2. Share the Dream.
3. Get Facilitation
4. Juggling.
5. Me First.

Relating with compassion and understanding.

6. Be Ignorant.
7. Make Smiles Happen.
8. Hold 'em High.
9. Acknowledge the Elephant.
10. Turn on Your Crap-Detector.

Group Dynamics and Facilitation

11. Build the Container.
12. Build trust.
13. Mine the Unexpected.
14. Evolve Your Team.
15. Honor the Process.
16. Facilitate Full Participation

Organizing and Presenting yourself confidently, professionally, and authentically. 

17. Prepare for Success.
18. Get Real.
19. Make Experiences, Not Speeches
20. Watch the Body Talk.
21. Be your message

Intervening to shift group energy

22. Tame the Tormentors.
23. CareFront.
24. Use the Struggle.
25. Break through barriers.
26. Facilitate from Within.
27. Embrace Facilitation as a Master's Path

Benefits to you of participating from the 5-Day Random Acts of Facilitation Training...
1. Get a great introduction to the concept and practice of facilitation skills if you are contemplating becoming a facilitator, team leader, board member, manager, mediator, etc.
2. Never waste another minute in an ineffective meeting again.
3. Learn how to challenge and empower every group you come in contact with.
4. Learn skills to help groups make quantum leaps in their effectiveness.
5. Be a catalyst for positive change in your community.

Also included with your training...
In addition to the 5-Day training described above, you also receive:
1. Free access to the participant-only website (lots of resources, forms, etc.).
2. Free access to the RealAudio version of the 5-Day training.
3. Free copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value).

The full cost of training/access is only $79 for MFJ readers ($89 for the general public) including a free copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value). Everything you read about above is included. And, we offer a 100%-satisfaction-guaranteed guarantee.

September 8-12, 2003, 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST (NY Time), 45-60 minutes each day.

Please click here to register. Immediately upon completion of your registration, you will receive an email with instructions to access the course and free article bank. This course is limited to 20 individuals, first come, first served.

About the satisfaction guarantee
If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this package, simply email us with a request to refund/credit your credit card in the full amount and we will do so immediately. It's our policy to do this and we honor this in every single case. (Why? Because we are sensitive to the fact that you are buying an e-course/product from us and we feel that if this package isn't EXACTLY what you expected or wanted, that you should be able to get 100% of your money back. This policy completely removes the buying risk for you and keeps our customer-satisfaction rates extremely high.)

Real Audio Testimonials
Click here for a one-minute audio testimonial from several participants on the final day of the teleclass.


Thank you for reading this issue of the Master Facilitator Journal. Look for your next issue on August 26, 2003.


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