The Just One Thing Podcast
Professional facilitators Megan Evans and Suzanne Whitby offer bite-sized ideas, inspiration, and practical tools to help meeting organisers run better meetings. For anyone who has to run meetings as part of their everyday work – and that means all of us!
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In this episode of Just One Thing, Megan Evans and Suzanne Whitby share some ideas about how to use the Value Line Continuum to take the temperature of a room, make opinions eye-visible, and nudge participants towards a decision.
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Megan and Suzanne first met during the COVID pandemic. In the weeks and months that followed, Suzanne tapped into Megan’s facilitation expertise, Megan tapped into Suzanne’s communication expertise, and soon the two realised that they shared a common goal: to take the pain and frustration out of online meetings of all shapes and sizes.
As active members of the International Association of Facilitators, they knew that they were already part of a community of expert meeting organisers, but they couldn’t help thinking, “What about everybody else who runs meetings?”. They did some brainstorming to work out who aside from professional meeting organisers might need help in making online meetings better, and the list was long. It included:
- team leaders and project managers
- in-house trainers and HR gurus
- managing directors and workshop leaders
- sales teams and support staff
- researchers and students
- municipality staff and public engagement professionals
- conference organisers and management retreat hosts
In short, they realised that anyone who organises meetings might occasionally need a bit of help.
Meeting Innovators was born in 2023 to meet that need. Together, Megan and Suzanne organise free community Meetups, run affordable open courses, and produce a punchy podcast to help anyone who wants to have more useful meetings build skills and tackle challenges.
They also offer online and virtual skill-building webinars and workshops, and are happy to to chat about helping you with professional faciltation for your event, too.
Megan is a meeting innovator, facilitator, trainer, coach and consultant with over 30 years’ experience of helping charities, groups, teams, organisations and networks improve their group working, delivery and organisational performance.
She uses solutions focused approaches to bring people together, drawing on their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to help move groups forward and bring about lasting change.
Megan is Welsh, and works virtually and remotely with groups across the world from Wales or Scotland, depending on where her work takes her, and can be found hosting the occasional in-person and on-site meeting in interesting locations in the UK.
Suzanne is a meeting innovator, facilitator, trainer & communication specialist. She is driven by a vision of sustainable, hopeful future, and she works with communities, groups, teams and businesses interested in shifting to more sustainable ways of doing things in the service of people, planet and prosperity. She has a high-energy, hands-on approach that get people engaged involved, and through experiential processes and participatory approaches, she encourages discussion and action that leads to measurable SHIFTs.
Suzanne is proud South African, and a long-time resident of Innsbruck, Austria. She works virtually and remotely with international groups, and occasionally hops on a train to deliver in-person sessions.