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!
I'll give a training for managers where I will define 4 roles. This means that I have to go over the theory of the 4 roles, 4 times the same structure. Of course after each role I will ask them some questions like. "how important is that role for you? what do you have to develop to achieve, how for is this from your comfort zone? They will have to discuss that in duo. Does anyone know how to animate such kind of training? Btw. I will introduce a LEGO exercise to energize a little. Its mainly the theory that I'm looking to facilitate.
Can you split them into groups and work on one role each? You could then review a a group, and have the different people present to each other. You could also ask them to role play for the rest of the group.
Keith here, from Portsmouth NH. Brand new to the group … and SO curious to learn more & meet some folks! … many years ago I used to work as an “outdoor educator” - and ran a ton of “facilitation workshops” with kids aged 10-17. Lots of problem solving games, team building challenges and the like. My office was the woods! After 15+ years in “Arts & Education” - I am shifting gears in the hopes of becoming a 1%-er 🙌🏽.
Hello fellow Workshoppers, I'm running a series of brand strategy workshops and am presenting the results today. The results are an edit of the work that the participants have created so there shouldn't be much need for discussion, but intuitively, I would want to give a minute for reflection and a few minutes for feedback. From experience, that opens the possibility that somebody isn't happy for one reason or another and starts to affect the the energy in the room. Any tips?
One of the great things about what we do is you can do it as an employee or go out and become your own company. Whilst the later comes with amazing benefits there are a lot of areas that need to be considers… Like - What does it take to set myself up as a business or do I just contract in. - If I am setting myself up as a business am I a sole trader.. registering by business - Defining your purpose and setting clear goals yearly, quarterly - Defining your target customers, products, services and financials. Whilst this is a passion space for a lot of us, you still need to understand your revenue needs. - Branding and marketing - What do you need to set yourself up… physically, technology - Contracts for engagements - How to build a pipeline, managing you customer base Making sure you get work life balance! Would be interested in hearing and learning from each other on what made sense for you and what you would like to share with the rest of the community…
Curious how people approach having music playing in the background during their workshops. • Do you put a lot of energy into designing a playlist? • Does it depend on the group with whom you're working? Feel free to share your thoughts! I included a link to a new song I discovered this week. Enjoy!
@Leah Zipperstein The only time we use music is when people are thinking for themselves. But beware, depending on devices people use it can be very annoying for some. So we always ask if they want it first
Hello everyone, I'm a Service Designer from Dusseldorf. After reading Design Sprint, I'm super happy to have found this gem towards Facilitation. I've never done facilitation, due to fear and imposter syndrome kicking planning a workshop. I look forward to learn and share with the community.
Hello everyone! 🙋🏽♂️ I have experience running 4-Cs (LDJ-style) workshops which are fairly straightforward. But now I have the opportunity to facilitate a workshop for a large organisation involving 5 teams. My focus will be on helping them create a robust DEI Framework and a 3-year action plan. I'm excited and scared at the same time as it feels like a really daunting task! I plan to leverage the 4-Cs approach to pinpoint practical solutions for challenges, align them on the effort/impact scale, and then create a roadmap within their 3-year timeline. Easy enough. But before we delve into that process, I want to guide them in refining their objectives. Some of their existing objectives need fine-tuning (i.e. not well written and unclear), and I want to use the SMART criteria (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound) to frame this. My question is this: How can I guide them to refine/rewrite their objectives without delving too deep into challenges and solutions right from the start? Can you suggest a workshop exercise or recipe that can help achieve this? Or do I simply tell them how to write their objectives using the SMART criteria, offer them a template then ask them to note and vote? Is this a step that should be done at the end, rather than at the start? Thank you in advance. 😊
You can ask them to explain the objective to a 12-year old. Or to write it in a tweet etc etc I often ask people to do this (albeit in a different context), it's always great fun. The point is to write it so that a non-expert will understand. That usually makes it clear.
Hello Meeting Enthusiasts, we are looking for some brave souls who want to become Beta Testers and shape ZipDo with us! We coined the term "Meeting Operating System" describing ZipDo. Sounds fancy, but the intent of our software is quite simple: Turning team meetings and 1:1s into a repeatable, consistent process. In an earlier life we have seen over and over how bad meeting are run across all management levels and how they lack the basics of a productive meeting culture. Therefore we created an app which allows managers and their teams to prepare meeting agendas collaboratively, keep track of decisions made during meetings and ensure everyone’s commitment with action items afterwards. Our MVP will be ready within the next days and we would be really grateful for some feedback from meeting pros, like you guys. You can sign up for the waitlist at https://zipdo.co or contact me via email@example.com. Let me know if you have any questions!
Hey Workshoppers, Ever wondered how decisions get made or how the day-to-day of working at AJ&Smart looks like? Well, we've started a weekly(ish) vlog on our channel to show you exactly that! If you're curious about the week-to-week things that happen at an agency like ours take a look! Hope you like it :)
@Jonathan Courtney Really interesting, thanks for sharing this. I'm assuming this works because you have a platform, e.g. the course which you create once and then do not have to spend time 'delivering' so much as its based on video, correct?
Hi, everyone! I've been quiet here for a while as I've been putting energy into transforming what I learned from taking Facilitation Fundamentals into real life, aka moving theory into action and starting to actually run workshops. As someone who comes from education and coaching, breaking into the industry has challenged so many feelings of being a baby in the field of facilitation and feeling like I don't know what the heck I'm doing. While I'm confident in myself as a teacher and know I've got amazing coaching skills, facilitation has felt so different despite there being many similarities. Maybe it's the jargon that throws me off, or seeing folks talk about things that go way over my head, but I've remained determined to not allow the gremlin voices of not being good enough or fear of failure to take hold. I've taken fear and those voices along for the ride. This morning, I finally stepped into the arena. I ran a clarity session with some stakeholders to better understand the problem from each of their perspectives as a precursor for an LDJ I'm offering them for free, and it presented issues that are MUCH deeper than LDJ can solve. Or so I think. 2 of the stakeholders have an issue with alignment; have been working together for 6 years and have made several mistakes along the way. Ultimately, they want to decide which of their many brands to drop or go ahead with, but have foundational misalignments to resolve first. From my facilitation seniors, is the LDJ suitable or should I be looking at building a different workshop for them?
@LaYinka Sanni When I work with teams I sometimes let them fill in the working genius assessment. It's a simple personality type test, but what is so compelling is that it surfaces strengths and frustrations and shows how as a team we can complement each other. I then start the workshop with a sharing of this, often as a light-hearted quiz. It's fun, breaks the ice and can lead to better understanding amongst team members. I did it with my own team first and we often refer to it when it comes to who is best placed to do something. https://www.workinggenius.com/ Patrik Lencioni, the author, has quite a few books on teams, leadership etc that I found helpful over the years.
Finally did it! 🎉 My first workshop experience after joining FC.😜 Held a 2 days “Problem Solving” workshop for a team of 8 researchers in an agency from the public sector. Took photo of how we started thanks to @Jakub Michalski and @Rebecca Courtney for the suggestion, during one of our group call.😊 All participants commented on the wall, how beautiful it looked with the sticky notes up. Couldn't find the rectangular sticky notes so, I cut out A4 paper to shape and labeled them as categories. Used the 4Cs framework with the “sailboat” and for icebreaker: 4 quadrants questions and 2 truths & a lie. Worked wonders! Feedback was positive, feel satisfied 😆
Hey Facilitators! 👋 We’ve got something super exciting lined up for you! We’re hosting a live Q&A session with the fantastic @Nathy Ravez, who is not only a workshop facilitator and collaboration coach, but also a podcast host! Nathy’s life took a 180-degree turn when she chose to dive into the world of facilitation. She’s going to share her roller-coaster journey with us, and trust us, it’s a story you don’t want to miss! 👉 So, here’s the plan: 📅 When? Wednesday, May 24th at 12pm CEST. 🗺️ Where? LIVE on Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85414950665 This is a golden opportunity to glean insights, ask questions, and see how you can chart a similar course. Will I see you there?
Hey, I'm keen to meet and chat with more facilitators in London. If I we're to arrange a location and post a Meet-Up for an evening in May, please let me know if you'd be interested? Please like to show interest. Location: Probably a central cafe (with alcoholic drinks).
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Hi Facilitator Community. 😉 Today, I need a recommendation. I want to find a set of image cards (postcard size) to use for icebreakers, team building, and other moments. Searching through previous posts, I found the recommendation for the IDEO Method Cards. In addition to those, do you have other ideas? I really appreciate any help you can provide. 💜