Bringing In Outside Experts

Today we discuss the advantages of bringing in outsiders to your company to move decision making faster while making better decisions.

The concept is widely used by big companies but far fewer SMBs are familiar with the practice so they never think it’s an option.

Here’s a few reasons to bring in an outside facilitator:

Outside, Objective Perspective:

Facilitators bring an unbiased and neutral perspective to discussions and decision-making processes. They are not directly involved in the organization, allowing them to facilitate without conflicts of interest.

Saves Time and Resources: Keeping You on Time

By efficiently managing meetings and workshops, facilitators help save time and resources. They ensure that discussions are productive, on task, decisions are made efficiently, and goals are achieved within the allocated time frame. The facilitator knows when to “move on” to prevent any one topic becoming overworked.

Promotes Inclusivity and Participation:

Facilitators create an inclusive environment where all participants feel comfortable expressing their opinions. They encourage active participation from all members, fostering collaboration and engagement.

Conflict Resolution:

Facilitators are skilled in managing conflicts that may arise during discussions. They can navigate disagreements, mediate disputes, and guide the group towards constructive resolutions, promoting a more harmonious work environment.

Brings Structure to Chaos:

In situations where there is uncertainty or complexity, a facilitator can bring structure to the discussions. They can break down complex issues, create a roadmap, and help the group make sense of intricate problems.

Enhances Creativity and Innovation:

Facilitators often incorporate creative thinking and problem-solving techniques to stimulate innovation within the group. They can help teams generate new ideas and find innovative solutions to challenges.

Skill Transfer:

Working with a professional facilitator provides an opportunity for participants to observe and learn effective facilitation techniques. This can lead to skill transfer within the organization, empowering team members to facilitate future meetings on their own.

Measurable Outcomes:

The setting clear objectives for meetings or workshops allows for the measurement of outcomes, ensuring that the time spent in facilitated sessions translates into tangible results. 

They also move much faster than clients alone. I’ve seen companies struggle to get a marketing plan in place for 10 months (or sometimes years).

A good facilitator will get you there in weeks.