Facilitator Club

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🚨Start here!
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 💛
Laura Faint
Rebecca Courtney
Ciprian Tepes
Isaac LaMothe
Sugandha Chapman
New comment 1d ago
  • 1 like • Aug 5
    @Kitti Trirat welcome to the community where you will feel like home of professionals to share, network and learn to grow together :)
  • 0 likes • Aug 5
    @Hitomi Whitlock welcome aboard to exchange, learn and change your way of doing things with all the creative ideas from the community :)
📍Where is everyone from?📍
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!
Rebecca Courtney
Jakub Michalski
Benedict Odjobo
Danita Bowling
David Newman
New comment 13d ago
  • 0 likes • May 26
    @Vincent Van Grootel hello and welcome to the super fantastic family, where you ll learn and share and collaborate :)
  • 1 like • May 26
    @Göran Hielscher haaaaay brzr, welcome aboard, welcome to the great community for nonstop learning, sharing and collaboration
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
Danny Mallinder
Julia Carolina
LaYinka Sanni
Marlyne Pierce
Hassanein Ismail
New comment Jun 28
  • 1 like • Jun 28
    Thank you @Jonathan Courtney for brought this hot issue, some people are using it heavily, but the lack of the personal touch is more than enough to get very negative impression and thus lose the deal, me personally I like to personalize the request to the other part as much as I can and I send some time doing so, it's a golden rule to get the deal done.
Let's talk about Icebreakers
Sometimes when people hear the word 'icebreaker' they cringe or might feel super anxious about taking part in one. Yes, icebreakers can make you feel a bit awkward initially, but they are proven to help enhance relationships and encourage creativity. 'Icebreakers can help increase team bonds, boost performance and creativity'—Harvard Business School study Integrating icebreakers into your workshops or meetings is a great way to get everyone relaxed and ready to participate. But how do you choose the right ones so that you avoid those dreaded awkward silences? Here are my Top 2 Icebreakers that are easy to implement (in-person or online): 1. My First Job Ask everyone in the group to write down their name, their first job, and what they learned from that job. Then go round the group and have everybody read theirs out. 2. Pointless Questions Prepare a few fun questions ahead of the workshop, then go round the room and have everybody take turns answering the questions. It’s as simple as that—you don’t even need to write anything down! Here are some question suggestions to get you started: - If you could invite a celebrity over for dinner, who would it be and why? - What is your most prized possession and why? - You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life. What do you choose? Here are some more icebreakers for you to explore! What's another great icebreaker that I can add to my list?
Piotr Nowicki
James Nash
Renko P.
Jan Keck
Gabriel Amaral
New comment Sep 4
  • 1 like • Apr 13
    @Renko P. sounds very interesting on virtual setup, I love it :)
  • 2 likes • Apr 13
    I like the movement and the transition from smaller group to the whole team :)
What is your favorite Warm Up Exercise?
In any meeting or workshop, I always start with some kind of activity to engaje people within each other and with the theme of the event. My favorite is Blind Portrait: a game where, in pairs, people try to draw each others faces, but without looking at the paper! That way, anyone can make a drawing full of character and surprises. In the end, each person have to choose their favorite drawing and introduce themselves with that! What about you?
Alessandra Adami Pinto
Rebecca Courtney
Matt Nicolaysen
Sara Caldwell
Emma Parkes
New comment Aug 16
  • 2 likes • Feb 16
    You could ask people to stand on a circle and each one to say an adjective start with the first letter of their his/her name then only mention the name, keep repeating till the end, during the program you could call people by their adjectives and also you could use it as energizer after meals, you could start by yourself so people will not only choose good adjectives, I say (Horrible Hass)
  • 3 likes • Feb 16
    Amaaaaaaaazing ideas here, thank you all for sharing :) :) :)
Hola from Oslo 🇳🇴 !
Hola a tod@s! I am really excited to be a part of this awesome community, not only as a "taker" but also as a "giver" since I am a seasoned facilitator with lots of experience and tools & frameworks under my belt (Design Sprint, Design Sprint 2.0, Design Sprint 3.0...), that I am more than willing to share with others. What I am looking here? - Meeting and getting to know like minded awesome people that are over average interested and almost obsessed in facilitation as a craft, art and science. - A safe place for inspiration, support, help, interaction and collaboration with each other - Share professional expertise, experiences and "best-practices" - Have tons of fun and laughter - Do crazy stuff together - Being the best facilitator and workshopper that I can be Who I am? I am a Spanish guy (Barcelona) that is living and working in Norway. I am married with my lovely wife Aru from Kazakhstan, and together we have 3 kids: Pau who is 6 years old, Emil who is 5 and Adal who is 3 months.... so it is kind of crazy right now in our place 😜🤯🤩😍😤🤪 Looking forward to getting to know you all, being inspired and being of service of this community.
Jakub Michalski
Hassanein Ismail
Marte Kjørstad
New comment Jul 6
  • 1 like • Jan 31
    welcome aboard and looking forward for exchange of insights, lets learn and grow together :)
Certification Course for Facilitators?
What are some of the best certification courses (internationally accredited) for Facilitators ? I see there are lot of International Coaching related, but specifically to be recognised as facilitator what do you recommend? Also, mention the benefits if you really feel it's mandatory to take it up for persuing full time career or bring you great credibility.
Hassanein Ismail
Mansi Patel
Bryan Guzmán
Austin Govella
Matt Ganson
New comment Jul 3
  • 3 likes • Feb 8
    I did Level 3 and 5 Diploma in Learning & Development from the CIPD UK, it's good in terms of exposing you to the standardsand most importantly the network that you will have and the rich resources you ll access. From the other hand, the ATD-USA has two certificates, Certified Master Trainer and Certified Professional at Talent Development. What is good about both of them, the CIPD has the Profession Map ( which will give an overall view about the knowledge & skills you need the have, the ATD has Talent Development Capability Model (*1di55ym*_ga*MTUzMDg3MTE1Mi4xNjc1ODM3NjMy*_ga_7K8E29WLBJ*MTY3NTgzNzYzMi4xLjEuMTY3NTgzOTAyMi41Ny4wLjA.#/).
In search of inspiration
Hi everyone, I am French, located in Munich DE (2/3), and Grenoble FR (1/3). I started doing facilitation as a UX lead and migrated to workshop creation and facilitation also bringing change management and innovation into the picture. I am currently interested in visual practices like scribing (from Theory U) and how it relates to workshop facilitation. Are there any visual facilitators in the group? I have no scribing experience but I used to draw a lot during boring meetings, so I think I should give this a try 😁 Looking forward to interacting with the group.
Rebecca Courtney
Sandrine Tognotti
Hassanein Ismail
Salah Bouchma
Andra Stefanescu
New comment Jun 15
Best moment after hesitation :)
Could we share our best moment for facilitation. Once I supposed to drsign and run 2 hours workshop for 300 participants about corporate values, the time was limited and I was very busy preparing for another training, here how my design went: 1. I started with an ice breake, igrouped them into trios and I used the cmon game 2 lies and 1 truth since integrity is one of the values, I used it as a transition to the main workshop, even a simple lie people detect you, what about major things at the workplace. 2. I went through quick review of their values through direct facilitation with interaction with the audience, concluded that with a video explaining the values again. 3. I invited a guest speaker psychologist who shared an interesting session about belief system, the interaction between ideas, emotions and behaviors. 4. I used kahoot game using the meaning of their values, since they are too many, every pairs or trios will log in as a team, it was super exciting session to recap what they could retain from their understanding of the values 5. Last activity, made 8 groups and each will have to write a poem, add lyric and practice in order to perform on stage, it was super creative and amazing, my secret I'll be moving around in order to sequence their performance, the one that seems best ll perform last and vice versa, definitely there are some surprises. 6. Closed with prizes for winners during the different activities and wrap up session.
Shannon Wagers
Göran Hielscher
Hassanein Ismail
Scott Fry
Mathew Georghiou
New comment Jun 15
  • 2 likes • May 26
    @Göran Hielscher wow, thats suuuuuuuuuper magical, this os the beauty of facilitation :)
  • 2 likes • May 26
    @Shannon Wagers that's what made a difference between, great job :)
🚀 Worldwide Facilitation Events List!
I would love to open an overview list for worldwide facilitation and facilitation related events and gatherings. A dear friend an colleague invited me to a beautiful opportunity to surrender into playfulness this weekend at – a facilitation-related movement/franchise piece/micro TED for facilitators, this time in Berlin. It was inspiring, refreshing, uplifting and energising, especially as there were a lot of cross-industry and cross-institutional fans of PLAY! Play14 happened irregularly across major European cities but is open for anyone to host along their guidelines – it was held as an Open Space. Fifty people played, exchanged, observed, promoted, tested and had fun while learning. Which events and event series of comparable kinds do you know?
Hassanein Ismail
Rebecca Courtney
Göran Hielscher
Jan Keck
New comment Jun 5
Virtual Business Continuity Session
Any ideas on how to facilitate business continuing sessions and providing some tools for participants, we may have weak internet.
Scott Fry
Hassanein Ismail
David Newman
Shannon Wagers
Henri Timmerman
New comment May 26
Difficult Participants
During one of my team building programs, a very exciting participant wasn't satisfied about the result and she argued loudly and aggressively demanding extra points for her team, and this is the moment for us as facilitators to show our strength and wisdom, it was very tough moments for me, how to handle it, because if I let it go it ll ruin the whole program, I changed the debriefing around that point and linked it with the objectives of the game and involved her at the discussion along the way several times, later I had a conversation with the manager who were attending, she told me that I was watching and waiting for you to handle it :) - Have you eve faced a vert tough participant or similar situation ? - How you handled the situation, or what tools you used?
Cary Deringer
Amanda Perkins
Todd Erler
Göran Hielscher
Hassanein Ismail
New comment May 22
  • 1 like • May 21
    @Göran Hielscher wow, super smart tricks and satisfied Peter without deviating, thank you very much for sharing this.
  • 1 like • May 22
    @Göran Hielscher thanks millions of times
My favourite way to facilitate group introductions: Pass the Question
If you're looking for a new way to do group introductions, check out my all-time favourite activity in the slideshow I probably spent way to much designing today 😄 As someone who loves deep conversations and hates small talk, this activity keeps things interesting not only for the participants but also for myself. I feel like I am learning so much from the types of questions someone asks. I've included some of my favourite questions I have used and heard from the participants in my workshops and trainings below. What are your favourites? PS: I prefer calling this an #icemelter, but in case anyone is searching for #icebreakers later, I'll include this in the post as well 🤣
David Newman
Matt Mahood
Jan Keck
Hassanein Ismail
Shannon Wagers
New comment May 21
  • 0 likes • May 18
    Wow, great treasure, thank you very much for sharing this :)
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!
Hassanein Ismail
Bertha Barrera
Daniel Ferdinandusz
David Finnegan
Shannon Wagers
New comment May 21
  • 0 likes • Apr 13
    it's a very interesting topic, can't wait to see other people contribution :)
Looking for L&D or Facilitation Role
Hi workshoppers, I am looking for L&D role as I need to flee the country due to the war, if you could spot any opportunities around or through your network please let me know, thank you in advance :)
David Newman
Scott Fry
Shannon Wagers
Julie Quin
Hassanein Ismail
New comment May 18
  • 2 likes • May 15
    @Shannon Wagers exactly, how come I forgot it, appreciate your reminder.
  • 0 likes • May 18
    @Julie Quin thank you very much, really haven't think about it, good you draw my attention to this.
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Hassanein Ismail
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Team building facilitator, passionate about learning & education. My motto bringing the best out of people. Hungry for learning & new experiences :)

Active 116d ago
Joined Jan 23, 2023
Khartoum, Sudan

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