A professional facilitator will help you gain the best results from your strategy day.
It is obviously critically important to ensure your strategic planning class is successful. Not only do you invest a lot of money, time and effort in developing your strategic plan, but the whole future success of your business sets upon the inspiration it provides. So it pays to get it right.
Here are three ways a professional planning facilitator might work with you to ensure your investment in strategic planning brings the rewards you expect.
An experienced planning facilitator will work with you before the day to help you — and your participants — achieve your goals and expectations for the planning process. On the actual planning day she’s going to assist your participants to reach a common understanding of the day’s purpose, the process to be used and then to offer the outcomes that you expect from the day. here
Although the core participants for your strategic planning event may be self-evident from their roles or positions within your organization, a professional facilitator can offer you a choice of ways to ensure important messages are heard from others outside this core group, while reducing disruptions from your workshop’s purpose.
For example, you might consult with your class facilitator how to manage inviting additional participants to create a brief presentation on a key or emerging issue, so your flow of your planning day is enhanced rather than damaged. If this is done well, it will not only stimulate helpful and productive discussion, but also ensure that a broader group in your organization feels that they contributed to your strategy and future development — at least were heard during the process.
Finally, it is often useful to have all your key outcomes collated and written up because of your professional facilitator. This ensures that they are not only done well but that action items are available quickly. Otherwise it’s quite common for weeks or even months to go past before anybody gets around to saving positive results of your strategic planning process.