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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer on how to facilitate a meeting
This book offers a thorough grounding in Facilitation 101. A section I found particularly useful was the one which addressed problem-solving. This section takes the reader through the process step by step.
I wish the book offered more practical exercises for facilitators to use in their work. But since there are other books devoted entirely to exercises, this is a...
Published on 22 July 1998

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Read the previous reviews and thought this is for me- however on reading it the content and ideas are outdated and dont reflect the modern business world. Doesn't include POwerPOint ! Wonder why and saw it was written in 1976.
I couldn't reommend this at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer on how to facilitate a meeting, 22 July 1998
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This book offers a thorough grounding in Facilitation 101. A section I found particularly useful was the one which addressed problem-solving. This section takes the reader through the process step by step.
I wish the book offered more practical exercises for facilitators to use in their work. But since there are other books devoted entirely to exercises, this is a minor complaint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the handbook of successful meetings, 19 May 1999
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Doyle/Strauss have written the classic in meeting design, facilitation and management. It is easy to read and use; the standard guidbook that everyone uses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still invaluable despite its age, 21 April 2011
I first came across this book when studying for an MA in Conflict Transformation in the late 1990s, as it was required reading on one of my courses. I am currently writing up a doctoral research project that has been examining how church staff teams deal with disagreement in their team meetings. Doyle & Strauss' book remains one of the few really helpful resources. Their analysis of what goes wrong at meetings is still spot on, despite all the technological changes. There is still much practical wisdom and advice that is vital for facilitators, recorders etc. They offer a range of tools and processes which remain useful and practical.

One downside for British readers is that the book is North American. A good British book to supplement this one is Catherine Widdicombe's Meetings That Work: A Guide to Team Working in Groups. Two other US books worth exploring are Patrick Lencioni's Death By Meeting, and Roger Schwartz's The Skilled Facilitator - but Doyle & Straus's book is much more accessible and readible than Schwartz's, and remains well worth getting. And that's presumably why it is still in print, after 35 years!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated, 5 July 2008
Read the previous reviews and thought this is for me- however on reading it the content and ideas are outdated and dont reflect the modern business world. Doesn't include POwerPOint ! Wonder why and saw it was written in 1976.
I couldn't reommend this at all.
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