Hey @Marci Wolfish love the question! Some tools I've used in the past that I like to use are TypeForm, Microsoft Forms, Survey Monkey, and Qualtrics! All have their pros & cons, and some are free, paid, or great at the enterprise level! Hope this helps a lil 😆
In case you missed the community call today, Jon dropped some GREAT books that can inspire us as we navigate our facilitation journey! Check them out here 👇 - Traffic Secrets by Russell Brunson - Cashvertising by Drew Eric Whitman - Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath If you've read any of them, feel free to share your knowledge and insights with us!! Happy Reading 📚🥳
Hey there! 👋 Facilitator Club is THE community for Facilitators or those who want to learn the skill of facilitation, where you can… ✅ Talk about facilitation and workshops (like the Design Sprint!) ✅ Talk about facilitation careers and how to build one (and make $$$ as a Facilitator!) ✅ Share workshop/facilitation insights, experiences, and resources ✅ Ask the AJ&Smart team questions about facilitation & workshops! These documents contain important information about the group rules and getting the most out of this community, so please read through everything before you get started! 👇👇👇 👮♀️ Group rules 🚨 💃 How to get the most out of the Facilitator Club community 🕺 Really happy to have you here, hope you love the community as much as we do! Lots of love, The AJ&Smart team 💛
@Gina Fresquez Hey Gina! Glad to have you join the Facilitator's Club! I'm a student advisor here at AJ&Smart, feel free to reach out at anytime if you ever have any questions!! I'm curious what you've learned since joining, and I hope you've been enjoying the community so far! 😆
@Atlas Blake Hey Atlas!! Glad to know you've found your tribe and welcome to the community!! I'm a student advisor here at AJ&Smart, so feel free to reach out at anytime if you ever have any questions!!
Hopefully, this will inspire others to keep working to gain clients. I sent a contract to a client for 3 sessions, starting next Tuesday, November 21! This is, now, my third contract with churches and I am looking to expand into other businesses and organizations. I am grateful for this community where I continue to learn about the art and practice of meeting facilitation, growing my business, and expanding my network. I am happy to share my meeting plan and schedule with anyone who may find it helpful. The three sessions will help the church to: 1. Clarify Mission, Vision, and Values 2. Understand Staff Roles and Responsibilities 3. Implement a "Sending" Culture
Hey Workshoppers, I usually don't cross-post anything from our Workshopper Inner Circle community but this video I made for the group today kinda exploded and created a lot of really interesting conversations. So I said fuck it, let's pop it in here too :) P.S. Applications are still closed right now for joining our Inner Circle community, if they open again any time soon we'll post about it here 👍🏻 **************************************************here's the post*********************************** Hey all! I spend a lot of time coaching or being coached. I spend a lot of time around hyper-successful entrepreneurs and consultants, but also people who are stuck (and stay like that forever). I have some thoughts about what keeps people stuck and what makes people successful. I decided to make a little video about something I think is going to hold a LOT of you back from achieving success. It's a bit of an experiment so lemme know if it's interesting! https://www.loom.com/share/b03e24ebdf8449d3bb700abd7fa35cdc?sid=cc23381e-4203-4a6c-8057-631e886c3670 Cheers, Jonathan
@Dan Roberts glad to have you with us Dan! I can definitely relate to you one the running fast and taking in as much as you can 🤣. The best part is that we’re in this together and we have AMAZING guides to help us through th way
Last week I facilitated a 2 hour workshop for an insurance company that wants to introduce a new offer to grow and change direction due to new California law that is killing its cash cow offer. To put things in context, in the past I charged $2k for a day. But, it never hurts to ask even thought the thought feels frightening. Best of the experience is that this was the first time I run this type of workshop - “The Story Framework Sprint” and in a new Indutry. Quote from the CEO - “we have too much knowledge in our head that it’s confusing to make sense of it in a simple way”. This helps to simplify our focus.
Hy, I have to do a workshop for small groups of 5 participants. The goals of the exercise is to emphasize that every one in the company is important. We can not function if one role is out. Does anyone has a good exercise? Duration of workshop = 30 min
@Dan Roberts whoa!! 🤯 I never thought to repeat this exercise with the same team, thanks for sharing that!! And yes, overall I love that it brings attention to different perspectives at play when working towards a common goal.
I'm facilitating a workshop for startups. It's going to be an LDJ about how to enhance their collaboration. I need ideas for an icebreaking activity and an energizer, as the workshop will take place in the afternoon right after lunch. I want to ensure the participants are engaged and energized throughout the session. Any suggestions for an activity that can help kickstart their energy levels and create a vibrant atmosphere? Your input would be greatly appreciated!
Hey Hind! Coco here 👋 It's good to connect with you, and have fun with the workshop!!😆 Thought I'd drop a note and share some ideas based on my experience in case it's helpful! For an icebreaker, it's been helpful when the activity is structured in a way that mimics what they'll be doing in the workshop! So if brainstorming is one of those activities, then your icebreaker could prompt them with a question/topic and instruct them to share their thoughts around it, you can also take it step further by having them discuss their ideas and running a voting session! An energizer I've experienced during a workshop is called "Touch Blue" you can read more here: https://www.sessionlab.com/blog/online-energizers/#touch-blue . Lol this one is pretty fun because you can get pretty creative with it! I've had facilitator's use prompts like "Grab something sticky" or "Grab the closest object to your left!" Best of luck to you!!🥳
For those that have used this to prioritize ideas after a team brainstorming session, I’d love to hear some tips to make the debrief smooth. For example, do you briefly explain the matrix and ask participants to place their ideas where they think it goes? Alternatively, do you place them yourself after having an entire group discussion? I’m planning to use this for a workshop this upcoming week. I need a quick and simple approach to get people to use this, without a whole lot of discussion an explanation due to limited time. This debrief will come right after three smaller groups discuss ideas that they can share with the larger group. Thanks in advance for your advice. Jennie
Hey @Jennie Shiu!! Great question, and hope I can help you. Impact/effort is an activity I run with teams quite often. Like @Ömür Yanıkoğlu shared it’s best to start with one direction and then move on to the other and to be the one to guide the team on where to cast their ideas. If there are about 10 ideas to prioritize, I would suggest more time…maybe 2-3 minutes per idea? I like to give enough time for the group to discuss their reasoning for the placement of ideas! I know discussions can be tricky AND you mentioned that time will be limited…but if managed right, it could be productive, insightful, and collaborative.
Hello Community. My name is Oghogho and I am currently living in Aberdeen, United Kingdom . I'm passionate about learning. I joined this community to improve my skills in facilitation and wish to contribute with my little experience to the community😊
Hey @Oghogho Umuerri ! Welcome to the community and so glad you could join us! I'm Coco, a student adviser here at AJ&Smart. Feel free to reach out regarding any questions you have about AJ&Smart, or facilitation! I would love to help you find ways you can improve your facilitation skills 😆
Hello, my name is Bolivar Bencosme, I am a native of Puerto Rico - the island known as the "Island of Enchantment" in the Caribbean, but you can call me Bolo (short and sweet). If you don't know where Puerto Rico is, but are fans of Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Bruno Mars, Menudo, Joaquin Phoenix, and many more, they were born in our beloved Island. Well, I love to inspire, generate ideas, and bring out people's creativity. For almost 20 years I was part of the company AT&T and its entertainment division DIRECTV, until they took me out due to personnel reduction in the pandemic - it was hard but I reinvented myself. 🙃 This event in 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, awakened me to do what I could not do in that company, and begin to positively impact others. From that moment on, I started applying my knowledge about design thinking, marketing, branding, and facilitating strategic planning, brand development, team buildings, and completed the Design Sprint certification with A&J Smart. Despite the professional trajectory I have had, I do not consider myself an expert, I think that term has been very misused, therefore, I consider myself a continuous learner who is not satisfied with just being an expert. I hope this space will be a growth space for everyone.
@Bolivar Bencosme welcome to our community Bolo!! Daddy Yankee just took me way back 😆 It’s so good to have you join our community! My name is Coco, and I’m a student advisor here at AJ&Smart! Please feel free to reach out at anything if I can support you with anything!
Hi all! 🖐️ I will deliver an online workshop on constructive feedback and recognition (2 topics in one training). I am limited as I have a script and presentation created by my company, and I am advised not to delete anything. However, I can make some changes in terms of activities etc. At the moment, the structure is 2 big parts, 1 h - about feedback, 1 h - about recognition, and inside those parts, we have bits of theory and practice all mixed. My idea (and question): would it be better to make the first part a theory (recognition + feedback) and the second - a big practice part with fun activities, roleplays, reflection etc.? What do you think? What can be the pros and cons (risks?) of each approach? Thank you so much! 🙂
Hey Sofia! I like the idea of splitting it into parts, but I do wonder if the theory section might be too long and might lose some peoples attention! Anytime I have a workshop where there's some education to it, I like to include some interactive elements like polls, reflective questions, or open it up for discussion just so it doesn't feel too long and people lose their attention! The workshop sounds fun, I'm wishing you the best of luck 🥳
Hi everyone I wanted to share that I recently conducted my very first workshop, drawing upon all the new knowledge I've acquired here. I am incredibly happy with the outcome. Even though things didn't go exactly as planned, I'm pleased with the structured nature of our meeting. We made clear decisions on the next steps and successfully pinpointed the core issue that we'll address in upcoming workshops. Thank you all!
Our first sessions were a success!! Check out the first outputs, and here are the videos of our first practice! Thanks to everyone who took part, you were amazing! 🤩✨ In this first session we tackled the topic of “Onboarding new employees”, and will continue working with it through the next few weeks, as part of a Design Sprint sequence. Join us!! 😆🏁 💫 Here's the official Schedule of Practice Sessions … Save your spot! ⚡✨ We’re looking for facilitation coaches… All levels welcome! It’s so inspiring having so many colleagues interested and passionate in pursuit of new skills. After a bunch of practice sessions over the last few weeks, we’re convinced that with a safe space and a supporting team, it’s much easier to feel confident and take the next steps. For those of you already experienced in facilitation, consulting, and public speaking, this is a golden opportunity to take your game to the next level. By helping others practice these essential skills, you become a teacher, a guru, a guide. Isn’t that what we’re all aspiring to be? We need your help coaching these fellow facilitators in their next practice session. They need your knowing feedback, to quickly become aware of where they need to improve, and where they are rocking it. They look up to you, and would love the chance in the near future to co-facilitate your next client engagement. Better make sure they’re ready! We respect your time and other commitments, and will only require you to attend portions of a practice session. Spots are limited, and all those who accept the challenge will receive their colleagues’ undying love and appreciation. Help a hero. Be the guide! Tell us, what’s your coaching level?