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Facilitating a design book club
Over the last 2 months I've been facilitating a book club themed around getting a job as a product/ux designer. The current format is - People arriving - Rating the book out of 5 and talking about why - An exercise or 2 (for articulating design decisions we each noted down a time when we had a difficult stakeholder, why it happened and what we learned from it) - How well use what we learn to improve our job search - Open forum - What should we read next? Has anyone facilitated a book club before? I'm trying to strike the balance between giving people the space to talk, keeping good time and us leaving feeling more confident in the area we're talking about. I know it's not strictly facilitation like design sprints but I do see it as facilitating a group of people to get to a certain outcome. Any ideas or advice would be amazing to hear!
New comment Apr 23
2 likes • Apr 23
So I'm running my Product bookclub through my own Skool community - we get together for a check-in call where we just get together to discuss the book. Then I create and record a summary of the book at the end of the month. It's a fairly relaxed structure, some people jump in for a month because they see a book on their list, or find a book that's interesting to them. This isn't the first bookclub I've ran either, but it's the first one I've stuck too running. The main difference is that I don't care if people are struggling with my read cadence anymore, that's always been what's ended up killing previous bookclubs - when we slow down the cadence so people who read slowly we wound up losing the interest of people who read quickly. And in my experience, folks who read quickly are the ones who're most engaged in the bookclub. So it makes more sense to tune for their needs, than those who are less engaged and reading at a slower pace.
1 like • Apr 23
@Christian Harries I like it, it really cements the learning for the book for me, and its permanent content for the community, plus I enjoy the process of making them. I agree, some voices do get drowned out, but the size of my bookclub isn't large enough for that to really matter today - maybe I'll take a different approach in the future. :)
Career Tip: People can tell you're using Chat GPT ❌
Hey Workshoppers! Just thought this might be a useful tip/warning for those of you using Chat GPT a lot: It's pretty easy to tell when someone's using it! I see a few posts here in the community which I'm 100% sure were "generated" and they not only lack any sort of personality, but they also get no engagement. As in, nobody replies to them, they just take up space. The same thing will happen if you email people/clients, create posts on Linkedin etc. They won't respond. Believe me, I get 50 messages a day on Linkedin trying to sell me stuff/get a job and I can always tell when they are Chat GTP generated. You're writing needs to have some personality and authenticity for people to care enough to interact with it. Sure, I get it, if you're non-native English speaking, it's super helpful to be able to use something like this... but to be honest, I think it's better to just write how you write and then use Google Translate. So yeah, just a note to those using it as a "silver bullet". It's very obvious, it's not enjoyable to read and it can make you come across as being very dull. Cheers, Jonathan
New comment Jun '23
4 likes • Jun '23
ChatGPT doesn't agree. 🤖
4 likes • Jun '23
Or does it??? 😱
My favourite icebreaker - Draw a Duck!
My absolute favourite icebreaker is called draw a duck, it’s as simple as it sounds. 🦆 1️⃣ Give everyone post-its and a sharpie 2️⃣ Give them 60 seconds to draw a duck 3️⃣ Have them all put their ducks on the whiteboard 4️⃣ Briefly review your ducks as a group. That’s it. I love it because it’s a quick and effective way to inject a bit of fun into the start of the workshop. Plus, it lowers the bar for visualising ideas later, showing that ability to draw doesn’t matter. Want to practice? Grab a post-it and drop a picture of your duck in the comments, then tag someone in Faciltiator club do the same! 🦆 I'll start us off in the comments! 👇
New comment Aug '23
2 likes • Jan '23
@Gabriel Campillo ohh the angle of the bill, very nice 👌
0 likes • Apr '23
@Alex Eisenberg That duck looks like it's seen some things.
How to sell permanent facilitation services to companies?
Hello dear friends, I would like to know what strategy or arguments you use so that companies hire services from external facilitators on a permanent basis. And not only when the company detects a specific problem to solve. Thank you.
New comment May '23
3 likes • Apr '23
That's a tough one! I don't know any facilitators who just get hired for long term hourly contract type work in the same way a consultant Designer or Developer would, because facilitation requires the participation of others in order to happen, you can't just sit at a desk and facilitate a workshop alone. If you want a long term work, you're probably better off positioning yourself as a change consultant or coach of some sort, rather than as a facilitator. Or at the very least identifying a long term challenge which will require them to work with you over an extended period of time in order to solve, though I suspect this'll be quite difficult to convince someone to buy. If you want repeat business, you should consider reoccurring challenges as a service, but my experience is that usually teams with a reoccurring need for a facilitator will eventually in-house that capability. Another tactic I've seen work quite well is to use facilitation as a differentiator for other consulting services that are more long term.
Design Thinking x Facilitation
Would love to hear from anyone involved in Design Thinking and how you apply it to facilitation. Curious also about the resources you have access to, courses you've learned from and any DT community you may be a part of (I myself am a part of IxDF). Do share!
New comment May '23
2 likes • Apr '23
Hi Daniel, Design Thinking workshops are very common, in fact the Design Sprint is derivative of Design Thinking processes. Michael Lewrick's Design Thinking books (such as the Design Thinking Toolbox) are a great resource for workshop activities you can run with a team during a design thinking process. You could also check out Hope this helps!
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