How to Run Your Meetings Like an Expert: The Art of Facilitation

Meetings. We’ve been to them, and until you lock down that mythical job making money without any human interaction, they’re a necessity of doing business. But too many meetings drag on and on without any clear outcome. If you’ve ever been tasked with running a meeting, you’re a facilitator. And if you want to make the experience awesome (or at least not bad), then this talk is for you.

Yvonne Chen will share her experience, insight, and actual techniques and tips that you can apply to any meeting. What should you prep when you’ll be facilitating a meeting? What tools can you deploy during a meeting to make sure it stays on track? How do you wrangle someone who’s sucking all the oxygen out of the room? Come learn about how you as a facilitator can own a meeting and really mean it when you say, “Thanks, everyone - good meeting!”

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Outline/structure of the Session

What You’ll Learn About in My Talk

  • The basics of what you need in any meeting
  • What you should be doing before every meeting
  • What you should be doing during the meeting
  • What you should be doing to end a meeting and afterwards

Learning Outcome

  1. Your role as the facilitator
    • What IS facilitation? What is it not?
    • When do you step in and when do you sit back
    • 15 techniques on how to keep things moving along
  2. Recommended tools you should be using as a facilitator
  3. Recommended skills you should have as a facilitator

Target Audience

This talk is suitable for anyone who works with other people in a team and is open to all skill levels. On an agile team, PMs and BAs will specifically find this talk relevant.


There are no prerequisites other than a desire to be a better facilitator!

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