Picture this: You’ve just wrapped up a meeting and head back to your office with the nagging feeling of wasted time. You can't help but feel that your team is unsure how to move forward and may resent the last two hours. Whether you're the leader or a team member, there is nothing worse than a poorly facilitated meeting. Effective meeting facilitation is not easy. In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Guila Muir, MEd provides the absolute essential skills to make your next meeting shorter, more productive, and maybe even fun.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the role of an effective meeting facilitator
  • Create and use an outcome-based agenda
  • Explain when and how to use at least five essential meeting management skills

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public Health Nurses; Local and state emergency management staff; Anyone who facilitates meetings


Guila Muir, MEd, is principal of Guila Muir & Associates, a Seattle-based firm specializing in developing professionals' facilitation, presentation and training skills. Since 1983, Guila has trained thousands of people on an international level. Currently, she prefers to facilitate “big, messy” public input meetings, and to teach others basic skills to make any meeting more productive. She has also been active as an adjunct professor at Seattle University, teaching instructional design to graduate students. Guila learned to swim as an adult and has swum from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco six times. "A facilitator can often feel like a kayaker trying to move forward on a rough sea," she says. "I teach skills to ensure your boat stays upright and on track."

Screenshot of webinar slides.
Air Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Leadership & Management
Tools and Resources
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Communication Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills