Some people make a living at Cat Herding. Getting a group of people going in the right direction or adhering to a process can be akin to 'Cat Herding, i.e, nearly impossible.
There are people who actually study meeting processes and how to make them better. You can always spot them in a tight, public confrontation—they are the ones with the microphone or wall chart pen taped to their hand (a golden rule for facilitator is that he who holds the mic or pen rules the meeting--never give up either willingly!).
A meeting facilitator is often used to ‘make easy’ the task of meetings. Meetings can be contentious and groups difficult to keep on task. A meeting facilitator can help with herding, as well as help designing agendas, decision making processes, team building exercises, and increase the productivity of a group.
They also may be well paid, and no wonder! Meetings can easily cost hundreds for every minute, depending on the participants. Like other crafts, there are some training and certification programs that help you become a more efficient ‘cat herder.’
This BLOG is all about using creative talents to create and support the economy in Oregon. First Blog out of the shute is how film in Oregon helps bring in money and jobs into the state. Business Recruitment, Retention, and Expansion (BRE) comes in many forms and flavors. The entertainment sector is alive and well on the South Coast!