3. Level the playing field. If your meeting is a facilitation between different agencies or departments, try to have an equal number of attendees from each group. If one group is over-represented, it can create an unintended power imbalance. Consider having one spokesperson from each group attend the meeting, and have others available by phone, if necessary. The meeting will feel more fair and will be much more efficient.
Carol Barkes, CPM, is a trend-setting mediator, business executive and educator specializing in the use of neuroscience to improve business performance, interpersonal communications, negotiation and conflict resolution processes for optimally successful results. She is also a speaker, educator, and author of the bestselling book: Success Breakthroughs.
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