The Sage Network

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The Sage Network is a group of experienced, senior-level facilitation professionals.  

We focus on:

We provide:

  • Experienced facilitators who command presence in a room
  • Full-picture thinkers who are quick to understand issues
  • Flexible leaders who are comfortable with change and can accommodate the unexpected
  • Tailored, collaborative effort; we work with you throughout the process to ensure project success
  • Proven tools that are tried and tested and can deliver the results you need
  • Wisdom that works

When you hire professional facilitators, we take responsibility for the process, so you are free to participate. There are many benefits of using a facilitatorand we make sure your facilitator is the best fit for you and your team.

Click here for a printable “Introduction to the Sage Network” pdf file

Ideation Sessions

ideation brainstroming pictureIdeation sessions challenge you to move beyond everyday thinking to generate new and intriguing ideas.

We use many different techniques in our ideation sessions, and our Synectics-trained facilitators work with you to achieve breakthroughs. Here are some tips you can use.

Ideation is more than simple brainstorming. It is also:

  • An opportunity to utilize collective wisdom to solve problems − you spend less time spinning wheels
  • A powerful motivator − the buzz of a good ideation session can infect a team with optimism and build buy-in
  • A stretching exercise for the mind − you will approach problems differently even after the ideation is over

Meeting Facilitation

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We facilitate many types of meetings, including:

When you have a really important meeting, you want to be sure that every minute is well-utilized so the best possible results are achieved.  We can help you to do that.

As facilitators, we are responsible for the process and the flow of the meeting, leaving you free to focus on the content and achieve the results you want.

Whether you’re a Fortune 100 company or a community team, we will work with you to understand your objectives, design the flow of the day, and determine the best techniques to use.

Consumer Sessions

focus group pictureOur facilitating expertise includes conducting sessions with consumers to uncover insights, whether it be through focus groups, individual interviews, ethnographies, etc. We become a member of your team to help uncover the insights you need. With our strategic background, we can help cut through the clutter to determine what’s really important.

We are:

  • Strategic – spot the bigger insight buried in the details
  • Knowledgeable – know the subject matter and what’s important
  • Instinctive – know how and when to probe to reach valuable insights
  • Welcoming  –  help respondents feel comfortable, at home, safe
  • Enthusiastic –  maintain high energy, appreciate everyone’s opinion
  • Inclusive – ensure all participants get to share opinions, not just the loud ones
  • Neutral – no taking sides, no leading questions
  • Flexible – comfortable with change
  • Organized – ensure the discussion flows on time
  • Diligent – oversee recruiting and ensure only qualified participants are accepted

We offer both online and in-person groups