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Successfully facilitating a meeting

Who called this meeting? How to facilitate a successful meeting

By Deborah Palmer, Director, Communications and Engagement Meetings are a common part of everyday business. Done well, they have the potential to bring people together, clarify and set direction, and lead to action. Done poorly, they can be de-motivating and a significant drain on time and resources, with few outcomes. Successful meetings don’t happen by…

Brendan Blakeley 20 years

Congratulations Brendan Blakeley – 20 years with Elton Consulting!

We celebrated an important milestone with one of our Directors, Brendan Blakeley, chalking up 20 years with Elton Consulting. Humble, humourous and highly regarded by his clients and colleagues, there would be few people who rival him for his capacity to innovate, build consenus and solve problems. As we gathered for a celebratory morning tea,…

ACT FY20/21 Budget

The ACT FY20/21 Budget was handed down on 9 February, 2021 by Chief Minister Andrew Barr. The following infographic provides an overview of key spend in the areas of infrastructure; transport; tourism, sport, events and the arts; community services; housing; health infrastructure investments and improvements; education; energy efficiency and environment.  

Calli Brown consultation

Making the impact of community consultation real  

By Calli Brown, National Lead – Digital, Marketing and Design Some of the most common questions I get asked at Community Information and Drop In Sessions are “will my voice actually be heard?” and “will providing my views really change anything?” As well as reassuring them that our clients and the NSW Department of Planning Industry…

Ella Burgess, Elton Consulting

Learning client centricity as a graduate

By Ella Burgess, Graduate Consultant Elton Consulting has provided me an incredible opportunity to experience a small company culture with the resources of a multinational. Being a graduate, this has given me so much insight into consulting and the best ways in which to embody a client centric focus. One often overlooked aspect of client…

Teams vs Zooms breakout rooms

A guide to breakout rooms on Microsoft Teams

By Calli Brown, National Lead – Digital, Marketing and Design As of December 2020, Microsoft Teams has introduced Breakout room facilities, allowing organisers to divide meetings into sub-groups of up to 50, and to facilitate discussions and brainstorming sessions. Much like the functionality on Zoom, once the organiser creates Breakout rooms within a meeting, participants…

City of Newcastle workshop facilitation

Collaboration key at City of Newcastle’s annual Strategic Planning Workshop

Future planning for cities is more critical than ever. The City of Newcastle recently held a comprehensive and insightful Strategic Planning Workshop. Melinda Hewitt; Director, Strategy and Policy, Social Sustainability, facilitated the workshop, working with the City’s leadership team to discuss what it takes to shape cities and regions. City of Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali…