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Can we become facilitators of our own team meetings?
Hello! A while ago, after another 90 minutes spent sitting in a meeting staring at an excel spreadsheet on a big screen, about a project that we have been discussing for almost 2 years with ZERO progress, I came home feeling a sense of dread and anxiety at the prospect of this being my Every Tuesday for the next years. Never the need for facilitation has been more obvious! I think that's when I realised I wanted to invest in becoming a facilitator. I am building my business, but I would love to be able to do something in my current role to help my own team before I leave. I tried to mention this to my line manager, volunteering to arrange a few sessions to kick start this project. To the surprise of no one - or we would not be here - they are incredibly reluctant to relinquish the obsessive control over their meetings. I think there is also an element of tension here as I would have to call myself out of the decision process and let the rest of the team decide. I would frankly happily give away my ideas on the project if we could progress with someone else's ideas. Anyone has successfully navigated this situation? Any tips to persuade people of the importance of facilitation or should I spend my energies on the already converted?
New comment 21d ago
1 like โ€ข Mar 23
Hey @Anna Cupani I faced similar struggles in my own team. I started by asking questions in our meetings which guided and framed discussions. Examples are: before we continue may I quickly ask how we frame the goal for this discussion so that we know weโ€™re staying on track? Later: given the goal we have in this meeting to โ€ฆ are we still on track here or are you willing to park this topic for another meeting? These questions helped me a lot! In a book I read about facilitation, this kind of leading the meeting was called โ€žGuerilla facilitationโ€œ and I really like the approach!
Conflict handeling
does anyone has good approach to facilitate communication between 2 persons whit totally different values (and can't get along at work?)๐Ÿ˜
New comment Jul '23
0 likes โ€ข Jul '23
I like the approach to let them talk separately about the conflict out of their perspective. During this time try to work out the topics of each person (often thereโ€™s not only one topic). Afterwards ask them on which of the topics they would like to work on first (this creates focus and helps you to moderate). If they agree on the topic you can again talk to them individually about what this topic is about for them. While theyโ€™re talking try to reframe their thoughts positively and capture their interests. This will set a good foundation to evaluate possible solutions and in the best case helps them find an agreed solution. This process is basically the process of a mediation which is one format of conflict resolution. Thereโ€™s more material on this topic online and I hope my key points help you already to work with the two squabblers.
Freelance facilitation as an introvert?
For quiet some time Iโ€™ve asked myself now if freelance facilitation is only something for extroverts. Especially because of the additional marketing aspect that comes with it which requires additional human contact. Am I right or are there any freelance introverts in this community who are happy with it?
New comment Jun '23
3 likes โ€ข Feb '23
@Kerri Price I think this metaphor fits very well. I have extroverted colleagues who are really energetic by nature. Would you say that setting the energy in the room is something you do as an โ€˜performing extrovertโ€™ or do you have other tactics to do it? (Maybe this topic is worth another thread) I for example want to bring music to a workshop in the future (Iโ€™ve experienced and liked that at AJ&Smart sessions) but so far I not felt comfortable with it (at some point this year Iโ€™ll just do it ;))
0 likes โ€ข Jun '23
@Christopher Jeyes Sounds like you found a perfect spot ๐Ÿ˜
Hidden Miro feature - organizing visuals - FAST
Hey fellow facilitators, I use Miro in my facilitation sessions - due to facilitating marketing and social media sessions - I often copy a lot of images into Miro. ๐Ÿ˜ข But organizing pictures in Miro is a pain. ๐Ÿ” But one hidden feature just got released that will change your life. ๐Ÿ‘ Hit the like button if this was useful for you. Cheers Marc
New comment Jul '23
1 like โ€ข May '23
Thank you!
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'โ€”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. Itโ€™s as simple as thatโ€”you donโ€™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?
New comment Jan 9
1 like โ€ข Mar '23
@Rebecca Courtney right!
0 likes โ€ข Mar '23
@Rob Stevens haha this sounds really fun! Thanks for sharing :)
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