I fully recommend Jim to anyone seeking a skilled facilitator. The amount of time and energy Jim spends on preparation is obvious from the very start. He does an outstanding job of managing the flow of dialogue, allowing enough time for full discussion, while not getting bogged down in unnecessary conversation. He is particularly focused on making sure that everyone’s thoughts and opinions are not only heard, but understood. Throughout the conversation, and at critical decision points, he assesses and assists the group in reaching consensus. At times when agreement is not easily reached, he leads the group through processes designed to identify and resolve whatever differences might exist. Jim was really able to help our organization move forward. He gets our highest recommendation.
I have observed Jim facilitate multiple meetings and multiple topics. His ability to connect with the participants greatly enhances their contributions and, as a result, the value of the meeting. Jim has expert level understanding of ways to engage the members of the group in order to maximize their input. What has always amazed me is his ability to fully understand the topic at hand in a way that adds immense value – he doesn’t simply ‘facilitate,’ he has the ability to dig in with the right questions. He also reads an audience extraordinarily well and is fast to shift if needed, has a passion for results and most importantly, people. This, in turn, improves the overall outcome and the accomplishment of the desired goal. As a result of Jim’s ability to maximize the group’s potential, my expectations have always been exceeded.
Jim has a unique ability to work with large groups from competing industries to facilitate a congenial conversation and produce a positive outcome. He has also been able to bring together groups from the same industry with diverse opinions on policy issues to gain consensus on recommendations for addressing very complex issues. He sets clear goals for meetings, ensures everyone understands and agrees to the goals, creates a clear path for achieving the goals, always makes participants feel their opinions are valuable and, ultimately, achieves the goals of each meeting. He also is very easy to work with and will meet all established timeframes for the work at hand.
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