Ingrid Bens

Ingrid Bens is a consultant and trainer with a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and over 25 years experience as a professional facilitator.

Her book "Facilitating With Ease!" is a worldwide best seller. For more information about Ingrid Bens, her publications and her online facilitation skills course go to: www.facilitationtutor.com

Recent Posts

How to Lead a Group Discovery Meeting: Facilitation Techniques for Consultants

Jun 13, 2016 by Ingrid Bens in meeting design (5 minute read)

Introducing Ingrid Bens
The Lucid Meetings team is delighted to welcome our newest template designer, Ingrid Bens. Ingrid is an award-winning author and facilitator whom we've known for many years. When we heard she had a new book out that included several meeting designs, we couldn't wait to share it here. Read on for more about Ingrid's new book, including a new Lucid Meetings template for Group Discovery that showcases one of her designs.
— Team Lucid

Professionals in every field spend years perfecting their expertise, but very few ever learn facilitation techniques.

This seems like an insignificant omission, but it’s actually a major skill gap when you consider how much time everyone spends attending meetings.

Good facilitation techniques matter because they let you structure complex decision-making conversations. Without structure, meetings tend to be unfocused and hence, unproductive. When you run a meeting that lacks structure you’re inviting the outspoken to dominate and the side-trackers to hijack the agenda.

In contrast, when you run a well-structured meeting, the conversation stays focused, all views are considered, decisions are made objectively and the meeting ends with clear next steps.

When you run an unstructured meeting you constantly have to fight to maintain control. When you have a clear structure, you look organized and in charge. The choice is clear.

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Topics: meeting design