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Facilitation Cards

After facilitating a few challenging meetings where people talk a lot and sometimes have parallel conversations, I’ve decided to use facilitation cards to maintain a certain flow and ensure we stick to the time boxes. Since people agreed that the meetings aren’t efficient but they wish to maintain a fun atmosphere I added a couple of fun cards. Below are the cards I use – feel free to borrow them.

Voting Cards

These are pretty self explanatory.

Agrees with the proposal

Agrees with the proposal

Does not agree with the proposal

Does not agree with the proposal

does not go to vote or does not cast a ballot

does not go to vote or does not cast a ballot

Questions Cards

I use these cards to control the flow of conversations. Before participants can talk, they need to notify the group about their intend. This also helps the facilitator determine if further questions or additional information is required about the topic being discussed.

I have a question

I have a question

The participant would like to ask a question.

I would like to add something

I would like to add something

The participant would like to add information to the current conversation.

I have a different topic

I have a different topic

The participant wants to raise a different topic than the one currently being discussed.

Behavior Cards

A fun way for people to comply to the rules of the meeting. Inspired by penalty cards used in many sports.

Yellow Card

Yellow Card

“it most commonly indicates a caution given to a player regarding his or her conduct” – wikipedia

Red Card

Red Card

“it most commonly indicates a serious offence and often results in a player being permanently suspended from the game” – wikipedia

Do you use facilitation cards? Do you tricks you can share with others?

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi Martin,

    I’m using your cards for a while. I blogged about this on my personal blog
    http://diego-pacheco.blogspot.com/2011/04/some-experiences-with-facilitation.html

    Cheers,
    Diego Pacheco

    April 9, 2011
    • Glad to hear you enjoyed the facilitation cards. Thanks for blogging about them.

      April 10, 2011

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