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How to decide on "who" is taking the ownership of the idea ?
Imagine that you are doing a workshop, you generate some ideas, you vote on the top 5 and now it is time to identify "who" will be in charge for taking care of each key idea ??? any idea to do this ? any exercice we can do ?
New comment 7d ago
3 likes • 7d
I would first clarify that taking an action means that person is responsible for either progressing the idea, or for delegating the action to someone else after the workshop. Where you have multiple actions, I usually ask each participant in turn which action they want to take. In the event that no one volunteers then I would take it up with the workshop instigator after the session
What personality traits make a good facilitator?
What personality traits, strengths and giftings are common amongst great facilitators?
New comment 15d ago
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I think that empathy and emotional intelligence are crucial to be able to read the room and pick up on how participants are feeling. Active listening skills, and flexibility to change things on the fly are also crucial
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@Amanda Witman if I’m feeling nervous during a session, I usually try one of: Calling a quick break, or putting participants into groups to discuss a topic so that I can take some time to re-centre myself Take 3 or 4 ‘square’ breaths…inhale for a few seconds, hold for a few seconds, exhale for a few seconds, hold for a few seconds. This activates your parasympathetic nervous system which calms the body down Focus on one or two things I’m grateful for, apparently the human brain cannot experience gratitude and anxiety simultaneously Everyone finds different tactics which work for them over time. The important thing to remember is that whilst it is your role to manage the energy levels of participants, managing your own energy levels is even more important
Turning Visions into Actions
Hello everyone! I'm going to facilitate a workshop for a team to help then turn their visions which have been set into agreed actions. Does anyone have relevant experiences? What was the agenda like? I will be very glad to exchange ideas and explore new/innovative ways to do this! 😁 Thanks in advance!
New comment 4h ago
2 likes • 27d
Whenever I’m running a workshop which involves defining actions I first get participants to generate a long list of potential actions, then use an Effort / Impact matrix to help them prioritise. Then, they select the actions they want to proceed with and write them up in a grid which breaks each one down into timeframes, allowing them to capture what they’ll do in a few days, in a few weeks and finally in a few months. I hope that helps!
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@Julie C I use something like the attached, so each action can be expressed in terms of short, medium and long term deliverables, as well as the owner and any specific needs they have to help them complete them
🥶 The best icebreakers - and why they fail (plus my alternatives)
You’re looking for an activity to kick off your meeting, workshop or training, but you’re tired of the same old icebreaker activities you’ve seen on every list? You’re in the right place! 😊 I believe that most #icebreaker activities are not effective for most groups. So, in this first post of my #FixMyIcebreaker series, I will explain why they don't work and provide alternative activities that work so much better (including facilitator tips). If you’re looking for fresh and new activities, check out my full post here: In today's post, I am fixing: · Fun Facts 🤪 · Two Truths & One Lie 🤥 · Never Have I Ever 🙅‍♂️ And here are some comments the first few readers have left already: "I've bookmarked your article!" "💡I had a great “aha” moment with his analysis of “Two Truths and One Lie.” I have used this one in the past, but he made me rethink it, and I’m taking it out of my repertoire." "Great ideas! I like how you can adapt Show Yourself to the session content by changing the questions." If you like this type of content, let me know what other icebreaker activities I should fix next 👇
New comment 24d ago
3 likes • 27d
I feel that too many facilitators use the concepts of ‘icebreakers’ and ‘energizers’ interchangeably, when they actually serve different purposes. And the best ones need to be designed to be relevant to the topic of the workshop, otherwise they can come across as being random or gimmicky. They need to help participants feel relaxed, not put them on the spot which is why some of the ones you are proposing to fix need fixing!
Tips for Virtual Facilitation
Would love to hear some tips or strategies used to keep audience engaged during virtual facilitation.
New comment 22d ago
2 likes • Jan 26
Keep cameras on during the active sessions, switch them off during breaks. Schedule more breaks than you would with a physical session, and keep it shorter. I work on the assumption that physical sessions should last a max of 6 hours, virtual 4 hours. You’ll have to get creative about energizers, too. Run more of them and focus on things which get participants to out of their seats. Hope that helps!
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Rob Stevens
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I love figuring out problems, then coming up with new ways for groups to figure out the answers.

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Joined Mar 23, 2023
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