April 4, 2010

Remaining Grounded

How should I handle people in a meeting or workshop who aren't paying attention?

This is one of the questions most frequently posed when I am teaching facilitation skills.

Whether you lead staff meetings or facilitate workshops, you constantly select (often unconsciously) what you attend to, on what and where you direct your focus.

Just remember that when we bring any behavior or person into the foreground, we choose to pay less or no attention to what we have assigned the background.

Shift your focus—trade background and the foreground—and the question of what to do shifts as well:  How can I maintain and enhance the level of interest and attention the majority of participants currently display?

Both questions are ones you may choose to consider and answer … just remember you do have a choice.

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