Mark Smutny – a facilitator with decades of experience with nonprofits and businesses – provides a wide range of advice for those who want to run inclusive, engaging and productive meetings. He covers the mindset and skills facilitators need. Those skills include planning a successful meeting, opening and structuring meetings that maximize everyone’s participation, and managing difficult or contentious gatherings. Smutny emphasizes the value of accessible events with diverse participants. He offers both specific suggestions and big-picture ideas.
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Experienced facilitator Mark Smutny founded Civic Reinventions, Inc. He served as a Presbyterian minister and works with the Kaleidoscope Institute, helping leaders learn to communicate across racial, cultural and ethnic divides.
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