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The Gardian Blog, featured in Alltop and Association Universe, serves as a rich content library that illuminates topics and issues of importance to the association community, particularly as they relate to professional development.

Facilitator: Neutral Party or Expert Guide?

​Facilitators should actually be expert guides. Their understanding of the subject matter allows them to have a deeper understanding of the goals of the group and how to assist them in achieving those goals.

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Facilitation with an upper case “F”

There is a distinct difference, however, between facilitating meetings with a methodology that underpins the how and the why of the process, and simply convening a meeting or creating an agenda. This is what I call facilitating with a lower case “f” vs. facilitating with an upper case “F.”

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The science of convening

There’s a science to convening, and it stems from the theory that collective brain power is a powerful tool. So what’s a convening? According to Monitor Institute by Deliotte, a convening is a gathering of people who participate in a collective effort and share a common purpose.

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Trending in 2018: A new look and feel for events

Event Manager Blog recently released its report of 2018 event trends. The report looks at technology, venues, marketing and social media, destination, experience, event décor and destination management.

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Purposeful meetings: Cater to how we learn and socialize

The meetings industry needs to explore new perspectives in planning and managing their events, argue Janet Sperstad, from Madison College, and Amanda Cecil, from Indiana University, in a new whitepaper.

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By: Lindsay Gross | Sep, 15 2017

ToP Certified Facilitation: What does it mean to be a “high tech” facilitator?

Facilitators take responsibility for assisting groups in achieving their goals and objectives. They are generally neutral third parties who help instill a sense of ownership and involvement in the group’s decision-making process. Trained facilitators typically have a foundation or process they use to design activities that guide groups to success. One such method is the Technology of Participation (ToP®).

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