Preparing for a facilitated discussion

A facilitated discussion is an informal meeting where willing participants are assisted by a neutral third party in a discussion about the issue that has come between them. Participants discuss interests and barriers, and collaboratively create a mutually acceptable outcome.

It is important to think about what key messages you want to deliver to the others, and how you want to deliver them. Remember, this is your discussion. You have the ability to influence the outcome by adopting a problem-solving attitude toward the situation.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare:

1. Prepare a brief explanation to highlight the issue

2. Gather relevant documents

3. Assess your options

4. Ensure proper decision-making authority

5. Prepare questions

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