A meeting facilitator has the objectivity to interview participants to collect company issues and goals, proposes an agenda and manages the pace to keep the meeting on task. The facilitator asks penetrating, open-ended questions to help the group attain clarity and motivates the participants to increase participation and idea flow. To capture the flow of the meeting, the facilitator acts as a scribe and pulls together discussion notes into a plan that is actionable and “owned” by the participants.
Paul has facilitated over 60 strategic planning retreats for start-ups, companies and non-profits. Riecks led a project team working for the United States Agency for International Development assisting the Southern Africa Development Community in forming their economic union. He worked with over 1,000 stakeholders in 12 Southern Africa countries and helped draft their treaty.
As an entrepreneur and business-owner consultant and facilitator, Paul shares decades of business management experience with audiences, large and small. Paul co-founded Inner Circle Mid-Atlantic in 1987, introducing the peer-to-peer concept to local business owners to share ideas and solutions for running their businesses. In 2012, Paul rebranded and helped launch INSIGHT, a business platform allowing members to share confidential advice, ideation and referral to facilitate growth and meet goals.
Paul’s media credits include a monthly column, Collective Wisdom, in the Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and New York SmartCEO magazines and has been published by The Baltimore Business Journal. Riecks penned his book: Running Your Own Company: An Entrepreneur’s Field Manual. A proud graduate of Washington College, Paul holds a B.A. in Political Science and History.