Hello Facilitators👋 I'm really curious about where everyone is from. I'd love to make this a mega post where we can see how diverse the Facilitator Club community is. Who knows, you might find a lot more people in your area than you thought! Once I have lots of answers on this post, I want to make a nice graph!
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 📚🥳
Thanks @Coco Curry!! I haven't finished reading 'Traffic Secrets' or 'Made to Stick' yet, and now I'm totally hooked on 'Ca$hvertising'. This community gives the term 'book dealer' a whole new meaning 😂✨
Dear friends, I would like to hear about your thoughts, learnings and tips around this topic. I'm in Germany, since a few years I feel deeply that Germany is not my market. I operate well here, but it doesn't energize me. And the mindset... in a lot of ways fear-based and sadly fixed. At the moment I do have international clients, but they found more in an accidental moment :-) I would like to attract international clients regularly and on purpose. Especially for my offer to design and facilitate off-sites and retreats in Portugal. I'm curious about your thoughts and ideas.
🇵🇹 Portugal is hot @Svenja Floberg Thiel! Would love to visit soon. Regarding people, I try to remember the grass is always greener on the other side... Every locale has its benefits and its downsides. Compassion and love for everyone is a must, and we can always find ways to help. Having said that, me too!! Yeah I would love to be a jet-setting workshopper 🛩️ 😁👍✨
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Hi everyone! We want to learn from people who do their own marketing. Are you a solo professional? A freelancer? Maybe you're a consultant? Perhaps you are a solo entrepreneur, or a startup team member? If you do your own marketing, we want to hear what you have to say. We’re doing a quick survey, as part of a new customer experience project. This short questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes of your time. Here’s the link to the survey. I hope you’re interested in helping us learn more about you. Feel free to leave a comment here or send me a DM, if you have any questions. Thanks!! 👍🏻✨
Hey all, I wondered if anyone has any experience with getting leads / finding ways to do free workshops for practice with Charities and any other types of organisations to practice running them in a safe space so to speak. My head runs into a wall when thinking about it as I don't know what type of workshops would be 'sellable' to an NGO for volunteering as an example.
Hi @Danita Bowling, thanks for your question. I’ve done a bunch of practice sessions with other members of this community, but there’s no substitute for real-life experience with a client. Also, I would say ‘mastering facilitation’ is a lifelong commitment, and an attitude you embrace of wanting to help a group achieve the results they’re aiming for. You can start practicing wherever you are, whenever you see the chance to do it. A common advice I’ve heard is to offer free workshops to get your confidence levels up. Hope that helps you to feel less mystified, and be more proactive in becoming the guide of your dreams 😉✨
Hi, I expect to be spending more time here going forward and would love to connect with people who might like to collaborate or cross refer with a professional graphic recorder and cartoonist. Please connect on Linkedin
After a couple of months of intense study, practice, and Inner Circle Mentorship, I’ve landed my first official Sprint!! I’ll be collaborating during a 9-Week Customer Experience Sprint with key members of an AI startup, providing consulting advice, and helping improve the flow, look & feel, and overall experience for a new digital product. The main goal will be to assist the team in establishing product/market fit and proving traction. Among the many fancy exercises I’m planning for this engagement, we’ll collect User Challenges, perform Task Analysis, and build a User Story Map. I will also help them complete a Lean UX Canvas to establish our testing hypotheses, and document a Product Roadmap to identify and prioritize additional features. The pièce de résistance and main deliverable will be an interactive, high-fidelity prototype we’ll use to get feedback from test customers in several rounds of Usability Testing. I am extremely happy and grateful to the AJ&Smart team, for ensuring I did the deed. Special mention of course to @Jonathan Courtney but also to @Rebecca Courtney, @Tim Höfer, and so many others that pointed the way forward. I also want to give thanks to the many colleagues who helped me to grow, and who took time to practice with me some of these exclusive top 1% skills. Too many to mention, so suffice to say if I forgot you I owe you a tall drink ;) whenever you’re in Florida! Here it goes… Thanx to @Graham Thompson @Julie Taplin @Yash Mehta @Jill Banks @Abdul Salam @Benedict Odjobo @Javier von Westphalen @Ömür Yanıkoğlu @Riya Korah @Tarrush Kapoor @Chrissy Braun @Elli Nikolaou @Celine Tran @Teresa Middleton @Irina Volfson @Michelle Audsley Myers @Kristi Shumway @Keith Wasserman @Sabine Braubach @LaYinka Sanni @Lina Robayo @Luca Terminiello @Alexandra Pinegger @Trevor Wood @Kristen Cattell @Hind Bayane @Laure Duchamp @Bret Koontz @Coco Curry @David Marks @Anat Akiva @Talia Johnson @Chris Davis @Shelley McKeating … You’re All Stars!! 🌟✨
A few years ago I decided to learn more about Design sprints by reading the Sprint book by Jake Knapp and watching some of the videos created by AJ&Smart. While doing this I made some notes. Last week I was looking back at my notes and realised they actually make quite a nice guide for anyone who wants to learn more about Design sprints or even run one themselves. The notes consist of my written notes as well as links to all the videos (in order) that I watched. I decided to publish my notes here for anyone who is interested. Let me know in the comments if you found this useful or if you think there is enough there for you to run your own Design sprint with them. You can of course contact me directly too if you have any questions 😀 https://kiranchauhan.substack.com/p/i-accidentally-created-a-how-to-guide
Hi Kiran! I really like what you did here... I've been looking for these very resources, and you already put all of it together, adding along the way a bit of engaging cheekiness! Good job @Kiran Chauhan 🌟✨
Hey everybody recording posted! @Graham Thompson needed to practice for his upcoming 60-person LDJ, so we organized a practice session for him. We wanted facilitators and as many participants as possible for this 90-minute practice on Saturday October 28, 2023 at 4:00pm London time (8:00am in LA). We needed a really big wave 🌊 of Jedi Facilitators from this community, and they stepped up to the challenge! Nice to see you there!! 🌟✨
Thank you @Kristi Shumway, you were the unsung hero of this practice session! Maybe it's not apparent from the video, but everyone should know you were one of the magic ingredients in our secret sauce. At the last minute, you kindly agreed to manage the chat, and helped us keep communications open during the 'Breakdown of the Breakout Rooms' debacle 😂 !! Your timely assistance was very appreciated Kristi!! 🌟✨
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.
I just wanted to give a HUGE shout-out to all those who showed up for the Saturday LDJ session. Participants, Co-Facilitators and Organisers...thank you! I honestly can't thank you all enough. This community is the best! The constructive feedback at the end was truly inspirational 🙏 A special thanks to @David Rovira and @Keith Wasserman for their work and time, you both had my back 👌 I am sure David will be posting some recordings from it but in the meantime here are my main takeaways: - Remind everyone - Work Together Alone...in silence - This is a major one - For Remote - Use an example room, especially with HMW - Impact/Effort - Complete separately i.e. horizontal then vertical not both at the same time - If possible, be a little more detailed when explaining the scenario - Keep the HMW post-it above the impact/effort section as a reminder - Solution Post-its - Need to look at them before moving them across! - Explain the solution after completion - Look into tech issue - Why can we not hear in breakout rooms LOTS of learning...but also lots of praise and positive feedback...thank you all!
Hey community! We have very few spots available for the last practice coming up, next Saturday's 10/28/23 practice session at 4:00pm London time. To confirm your attendance, tell us below what activity we should do for this final practice session. Thanks! 👍✨ ... Like @Jonathan Courtney said on a recent coaching call, these practices are not a replacement for actual real-life clients in a workshop. Our practices are way more forgiving, but they help us run-through the many steps in some exercises, make mistakes, and learn quickly. Some of the things we learn have to do with dealing with technical issues, using Miro, and giving each other advice on improvement. Who wants to practice! 😆🏁 💫
Guys and gals, here's the latest installment of our own reality show about facilitation practice. This one is from our session on Saturday 10/21/23. Enjoy! Featured stars in this episode: @Chris Davis @Keith Wasserman @Kristen Cattell @Hind Bayane @Yash Mehta @Talia Johnson @Ömür Yanıkoğlu @Rachel Magasweran @Luca Terminiello @Irina Volfson @Graham Thompson @Abdul Salam @Javier von Westphalen p.s. By the way don't forget to indicate your preference for next Saturday's practice session, on the poll at the top of this message thread. Thank you! 🌟✨
Here are seven insightful tips from the great Raja Skogland, for those of us who want to improve our content strategies and level up on LinkedIn: 1. Just post: Probably the hardest thing to do, but there is no other way. Get started. 2. KYC - Know Your Customer: Do you know who is your ideal target audience, the problems they are facing, and the solutions they are looking for? Start with that and make your content part of THE solution. 3. Forget ChatGPT: Don't fall into that trap. We all recognize posts created by ChatGPT. What will make you stand out is YOU, your story, uniqueness, and putting yourself out there. 4. Stay consistent: Start by posting at least 1x per month, then increase to 2x per month. Work your way up to posting 1x a week, and keep increasing until you reach 3x a week or more. Mark your calendar - it helps. Example: aim to post 3x a week, from Tuesday to Thursday, between 9 and 11 a.m. Book that time in your calendar → read, find inspiration, create content, and engage on LinkedIn. 5. Start with 1 channel. I dropped Instagram, It was never rewarding. I'm not the type to create fancy graphic designs or dance to music (at least not on camera in front of the world). Instead, I decided to leverage what comes to me easily → writing. Find what works for you and focus on that. Master that art and that channel, before expanding to new ones. 6. Follow thought leaders/up-and-coming influencers: Get inspired and engage with their content. This is the best way to build relationships with them, support each other, and gain exposure to their audience -> which can benefit from your complementary services. 7. The magic happens in the DM: Once you have engaged with potential customers and thought leaders, reach out via DMs and follow up on the conversation you had on their or on your profile. Don't pitch, add value. That's all folks. Make sure to follow Raja on LinkedIn. 🌟✨