“Hey, my name is Ted and I teach facilitation. Good meetings are core and center because skilled facilitators can help the group be equals and move forward. Being heard and understood matters and creates a healthy and safe team culture.
Clear, Efficient, Personal
ca. 5 min
Check-in round. Everyone shares how they are entering the meeting
(A good chance for people to get to know you better!)
ca. 1 min
Making sure the circle is ready for the meeting:
- Attendance (Who is here/absent? Roles filled?)
- Duration (How long is this meeting?)
- Minutes (Last meeting’s minutes ok?)
- Info (any announcements outside of the circle’s domain?)
- Next meeting (When are we meeting next? Or, who schedules?)
Consent to the agenda
ca. 1 min
- Understand the agenda proposal
- (Asking for reactions/additions if desired)
- Consent/integrate objections to the agenda proposal
All agenda items, falling into one of the below categories
- Reports →
e.g. reports from sub-circle or parent circle, reports on metrics
- Explorations →
e.g giving feedback, brainstorming, generating proposals
- Decisions ↓
e.g. policy decisions, selections processes, possibly significant operational decisions, policy reviews
ca. 2 min
What needs to be added to the backlog for future meetings?
These posters are useful for meeting rooms to remember the basic patterns of Sociocratic meetings.
The transparency of a visible poster creates shared understanding and accountability to an agreed-upon format.
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Ask the objector to state the objection
Allow for clarifying questions
How do you relate to the objection?
Do you have ideas for amendments?
- modify the proposal
- shorten the term
- measure the concern (more info)
Synthesize amendments into the proposal
and go back to consent round