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How much time to allocate for discussions after exercises?
I need help to figure out how much time, if any, to provide for discussions after an exercise? Let say for example you're running a tight 2 hour problem-solving or creative workshop with exercise that are around 20-30 mins. - Is providing time to share thoughts a good way to transition between each? - How much time would be good to let people talk after an exercise - and how do you manage it so that it doesnt start eating up the next exercises time or cut someone off from sharing their views? What do you guys do? Looking for some advice.
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New comment 10d ago
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@Maryna Zhydenko Love the suggestions. Especially the transition example Thank you :) When you say 5 minute buffer, are you saying between each exercise or as bookends to the whole workshop?
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@Chris Muench Thank you. I guess am trying to figure out how to add this time to the overall time of the workshop when i promote it to someone which gets tricky when I haven't seen the group size or level of participant's understanding on a subject. Is there some percentage that would work?
The most receptive people to the idea of running/wanting a workshop?
Hey all, me again! I've been wondering about the types of people, roles specifically, that are usually the most interested and receptive to wanting to run a workshop. Not just for purely marketing reasons, I mean, who do you normally see understanding the value and seriously considering a facilitated workshop to solve their problems or provide results? Doesn't matter the niche or type of workshop. For me I noticed founders or startups are pretty receptive to the idea, but they normally don't have a large enough team or budget depending on which stage they are at. But they are always keen to learn more. Another one for my are product managers saying they don't do them enough or the ones they do have in their org are not really 'workshops' but more one-way seminar/trainings. I also have come across different senior management in NGOs or Clubs who would want to get a bunch of different people aligned on something important. What about you? Who do you find yourself having engaging conversations, or selling (kudos) , workshops to?
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New comment 10d ago
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@Hassanein Ismail Yep I thought so. But what kind of team leaders? Team leads? Middle management? Senior management? What departments have been most interested in your experience?
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@Maria Garaitonandia Sorry Maria, I came form the finance world where acronyms were all over the place and I know have PTSD when I see a new one. Can you elaborate what HRBP is? I lose the whole context of your message by not knowing lol🙃
Are business cards still a thing for you?
I'll be hitting more events and conferences this year and want to know whats the best way for the people you meet to remember you? Business cards have always been a kind of waste of paper for me but I've noticed QR scanning my LinkedIn account or something is not so steamlined. If you use QR scanning to share your creds, what do you use and where does it lead to?
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New comment 4d ago
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@David Newman Yeah exactly the cultural thing that I'm experiencing as I've moved to Asia and its a thing here. Also when you're speaking to non-native English speakers they aren't going to remember your name or how to spell your website. I tried using LinkedIn's QR code and it bombed on me and made me look silly so I brought this topic up to see what everyone else does. Thanks for sharing.
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@Monique Childress I like the LinkTree touch with multiple channels for them to contact. Thank you.
Take time to demonstrate the why
I led a short workshop today to identify possible positioning statements for a university program. What I was reminded of was the importance of setting up the activity. I shared the positioning framework, how it is used in concert with crafting marketing messages, and shared a few examples. They had to guess the brands that aligned with the positioning examples, which made it more interesting than simply telling them. Examples also ensured they knew what the end point should look like. In 30 minutes we accomplished the goal of generating a number of possibilities and heard all voices. I ended with a dot vote which identified their top choices. Now we go into research mode with students to validate the internal perspective. In the past I had a tendency to move quickly into the exercise and people wouldn't engage to the same level as when I take time to set it up by showing them what the end point will look like and reinforcing the value of the activity. With clarity of the purpose and tangible examples of output, people stop questioning the point of the activity and dive in.
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New comment 20d ago
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Yeah great advice. Lots of studies show people work better when they can envision the end result more clearly. I always throw in examples or placeholders they can fill just to get the ball rolling smoother.
Other ways to gain consensus without dot-voting activities?
Hey all, I'm looking for different ways a group can achieve consensus without having to resort to the usual dot-voting exercises. I have designed a workshop which practicially has a voting after each activity so far and it looks too repetitive and boring. Anyone have better, more interesting methods?
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New comment 25d ago
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@Scott Fry Through the phone, that seems pretty cool. Ill check out some options.
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@Scott Fry Like this too. thank you
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Ari Rahmati
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