This quick reference tool is intended for employees at all levels who want to learn how to summarize and synthesize discussions during a meeting. It provides a list of strategies to consider and a worksheet that can be used as a template.
As a facilitator, summarizing and synthesizing can help you:
You can summarize and synthesize throughout your group's discussions. You can also do it if the group chooses to share meeting outcomes with others.
Highlighting what's important by identifying key elements of a discussion and paraphrasing them to solidify understanding.
Putting the key points together and using the generated ideas to create new insights, perspectives, and ways of considering the topic at hand.
Show full participation
They help everyone see the topics discussed and the key areas of divergence and convergence, and help them consider what might still be missing.
Highlight mutual understanding
They reflect key points the group discussed and help participants validate that the points captured accurately reflect the discussion.
Inform inclusive solutions
They offer an opportunity to see and hear the key elements informing decisions and next steps.
Establish shared responsibility
They highlight the rationale for the group's decision and communicate it to others who may need to know.
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