Pack Your Facilitator Kit

Posted by Kristin Arnold on August 21, 2008

I am often asked about my “facilitator’s kit” – a bag of “stuff” I carry with me whenever I go facilitate a meeting.  Here is the basic kit for when I travel by train or plane:

  • Flipchart markers
  • Painter’s/low tack masking tape
  • Removable dots
  • 3M Super Sticky Post-It Notes
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Duct tape (never leave home without it!)
  • First aid kit with band-aids & Advil

and a small mesh bag I bought from The Container Store to hold it all!

When traveling by car, I lug around the expanded version in a small briefcase:

  • Rubber bands
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Process Putty
  • Clear push pins
  • Upholsterer “T” pins (for carpeted walls)
  • Paper clips
  • White index cards
  • Red and blue index cards for voting
  • QTIPS (to give out when one needs to “Quite Taking It Personally”!)
  • 3M Spray Mount
  • Name Tags or Name Tents
  • Shout wipes or a Tide pen
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Breath mints

I always keep my facilitator kit handy, packed and ready to go. You just never know when you are going to be asked to lead, facilitate or participate in a team meeting!

Question: Do you have the proper tools with you when leading or facilitating your team meetings?

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