Parking Lots

In addition to the ground rules, the facilitator can set up a parking lot at the beginning of the meeting. This is done simply by writing “parking lot” at the top of a flip chart page and hanging it up in the room. As the meeting unfolds, the facilitator may put questions that cannot be answered during the meeting on the sheet. Items that cannot be completed in time can also be posted here. Following the meeting, the facilitator must make sure that these questions are answered, or issues added to subsequent agendas in order for participants to realize that everything is being dealt with.