Examples of Ground Rules. Tips for Facilitators

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Examples of Ground Rules. Tips for Facilitators
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

What are Ground Rules?
When you're going to participate in some form of group activity, it's a good idea to agree beforehand upon some rules all participants must follow. Such agreements are called: Ground Rules (GR).
GR are the standards of conduct for meetings, brainstorming sessions, trainings, workshops, mediation, arbitration and other forms of consensus building.
They may cover the behavior of the participants, the role and behavior of the facilitator, the methods and process to be used, and the substance of the discussions.

Ground Rules Synonyms
GR are also being called: discussion guidelines, community norms, participation agreements, a protocol, or rules of engagement.

Why are Ground Rules Important?
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Additional Ground Rule: Appoint a Timekeeper
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