Need help designing and facilitating a successful meeting for your family?
The definition of facilitate is “to make (an action or process) easy or easier.” Meeting facilitation requires specialized skills to ensure the event is productive, and that the facilitator remains impartial. It serves the needs of the group that is meeting with a common purpose, whether it be making a decision, solving a problem, or simply exchanging ideas and information. What a facilitator does is plan, guide and manage a group event to ensure that the group’s objectives are met effectively, with clear thinking, good participation and full buy-in from everyone who is involved.
Utilizing Mediation and Family Group Conferencing skills, Paul Brown Mediation has helped many families, and businesses run effective meetings where all of the participants feel involved, and heard. Many organizations refer to this process as a FAMILY CONFERENCE.
This is particularly helpful when families are trying to sort out issues such as:
- how family members will share the enjoyment and costs of a family property such as a cottage
- how an aging parent’s financial affairs will be managed
- operation of a family business
- how an adult family member with challenges (physical or intellectual) will be cared for after the current caregiver is no longer able to provide care
- any other issues that the family wishes to discuss in a safe format with an impartial facilitator
Unless otherwise agreed upon by the parties, the cost of the meeting is shared equally by the parties.