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!
Hey folks 👋 I recently shared a playful article on Medium that sparked a fantastic idea for icebreakers in our workshops. Imagine attendees discovering the unique sounds hidden within their own names, just like I did with mine! ❓ What? Here's a quick recap of my Medium post: 'Ö': Pronounce it like the 'ea' in 'early.' Regardless of your accent, this sound is universal. Think of 'early,' focus on 'ea,' and you're halfway there! 'mür': This one's a breeze if you've ever said 'mural.' Picture yourself admiring a beautiful wall painting, saying 'mur-al,' and you've almost got it. Combine and Conquer: Put 'ea' and 'mur' together, say it quickly, and you've got my name — Ömür! It's like a mini tongue twister, but mastering it is worth it. Why Does It Matter?: Correctly pronouncing names is a nod to heritage and cultural diversity. It's a small gesture that makes a big difference. Challenge: Can you guess the meaning of 'Ömür' with the hint from the image? No cheating with translators! 💡 How might we turn this into an exercise? Here's a possible structured flow for the exercise: 1️⃣ Introduction (2 minutes): - Welcome attendees and explain the purpose of the exercise. - Set a positive and inclusive tone for the activity. 2️⃣ Name Placement (2 minutes): - Provide prepared places (cards, sticky notes, or a digital platform) for everyone to write their names. - Ensure each participant has a clear space to work with. 3️⃣ Analyzing Names (5-10 minutes): - Instruct participants to split their names into sounds (e.g., Ö-mür). - For each sound, they’ll find sample English words that resemble the pronunciation (e.g., 'Ö': (ea)rly). - Encourage participants to use example words as a guide. - Display these on a shared board or screen for reference. 4️⃣ Image Hint (3 minutes): - Participants will provide an image hint related to their name’s meaning. - Ensure everyone can see the images clearly.
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As I’m launching my sustainable fashion brand I’m trying to explain what’s slow fashion and why we need it 🤗 Rooted in conscious consumption and ethical production, this movement is emerging as a beacon of sustainability. In stark contrast to the rapid production of mass-produced clothing, slow fashion takes a considered approach to clothing design, favoring quality over quantity and adopting timeless designs that transcend fleeting trends. Imagine a world where fashion is in harmony with nature, where clothes are meticulously made from sustainable materials, where workers are treated with dignity, and where the environment is preserved. Slow fashion embodies this vision, empowering conscious consumers to make a positive impact on the planet. A Journey into Ethical Production Embarking on a slow fashion journey means discovering a world of ethical production practices. From growing organic cotton to using eco-friendly dyes, slow fashion prioritizes sustainability at every stage of the supply chain. The artisans at the heart of slow fashion are valued for their expertise and know-how, and their skills are passed down from generation to generation. Quality over quantity Avoiding the disposable nature of fast fashion, slow fashion prioritizes quality and longevity. Clothes are meticulously crafted from the finest materials and designed to stand the test of time and trends. The result is a wardrobe of timeless pieces that avoid short-lived trends. Conscious Consumption Slow Fashion advocates conscious consumption, encouraging everyone to make informed decisions about their purchases. It's about understanding the true cost of clothes, considering their impact on the environment, and valuing the work that goes into making them. A collective movement for a sustainable future Slow Fashion is a collective movement, a community of individuals united by a shared vision of a sustainable fashion industry. It's about being conscious consumers, supporting ethical brands and appreciating the true value of clothing.
Hi guys I hope all of you are fine ☺️ I took some holidays and made a digital detox for 3 weeks and I’m back stronger 😁 I'm launching a side project : my own clothing brand for which everything will be sustainable and ecological, from design to delivery 👌🏼 What does sustainable clothing mean? Clothes made from textiles grown without pesticides, chemical fertilisers or GMOs and using very little water. The clothes will feature unique artistic designs, will be produced only on demand to avoid as much waste as possible and will be made from 100% recycled organic cotton. Stay tuned, comment and send me a message if you want to know more 😉 also if you have experience in fashion or design I will be happy to have a chat with you 🙏🏻
@Dan Roberts Hi and thank you for your thoughtful comment and encouragement. I’m committed to transparency. My goal is to not only minimize the environmental impact but also provide customers with a detailed journey of their garment. Through open communication, i aim to share the unique stories behind each product, from cotton cultivation to the final steps of slow delivery. By fostering a connection between consumers and the sustainable practices, i believe in creating a more informed and engaged community. Regarding my facilitation skills I used the following for this project : active listening from people engaged in conscious communities. Problem-solving was crucial to find sustainable solutions regarding chemicals on textile for example. Brand development is essential and I’m working on it right now 😅
Had the privilege of sharing my passion for multidisciplinary design with the bright minds of El Alsson School at their annual career fair, Innovative Careers. During my presentation, I delved into the exciting world of design, highlighting its multifaceted nature and the diverse career paths it offers. Later, I joined a panel discussion, where we engaged in a lively exchange of ideas, encouraging students to explore their creative potential and pursue their design aspirations.
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?
Hey @LaYinka Sanni I recently lead a Brand Culture Workshop and here's what i suggest : Identify the misalignments / Clarify shared objectives / Conduct a comprehensive brand assessment / Evaluate strengths and weaknesses / Prioritize alignment / Seek external expertise if needed / Develop a roadmap for alignment / Make informed brand decisions Keep in mind that resolving foundational misalignments requires open communication, active listening, and a willingness to find common ground. Good luck and let me know if it helps 🤗
For the last three years, I've ran a membership community for Muslim women on their personal growth journey, and I hold an annual 'town hall' meeting where they get to voice their views on improvements and share what is and isn't working. This year, I decided to do it LDJ style and it was PHENOMENAL. The ladies shared more honestly than they have in the past, and the content of their shares (and the collective solutions they came to) were amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better session with them, honestly! The marriage between Miro and Zoom - 🔥.
Helllooo Facilitators 👋 Join me for a LIVE training session this Wednesday, July 5th @6:30PM CEST. In this invite-only training, you’ll learn how to run one of AJ&Smart’s favorite retrospective workshop exercises, the Sailboat! ⛵️ The Sailboat is a powerful, retrospective technique that enables teams to reflect on their journey, identify what’s been anchoring them down, and set a course for smoother sailing. In this value-packed session, you’ll learn... ⛵️ ⛵️ How to facilitate a successful Sailboat exercise ⛵️ Identifying the forces that propel your project/team forward ⛵️ Recognizing the barriers holding you back ⛵️ Setting strategies for your team to reach their goals ⛵️ Practical tips and tools for facilitating the session Sooooo, mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 5th, at 6:30 pm CEST (Berlin time) and join me for this free live training. PLUS, there'll be a Q&A session at the end, so you'll have an opportunity to get your questions answered and receive personalized advice! Secure your spot by signing up. Spaces are limited, so I'd recommend signing up soon to make sure you don't miss out! Here's the link to sign up: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3016881319060/WN_0KeC_n0eSXC-MYZUr28Iig
Hi everyone! I have a potential client engagement, but I'm being asked to demo / reference my experience with client successes in a specific area i.e. CX - 'develop operational improvements to customer experience' My previous client work is very much around process improvements (Marketing and commercial teams), but not in the customer journey for mixed channels - think improvements for insurance customer phoning the call centre or going to a web page for info / actions to take. Can anyone offer their thoughts and experience on how to respond - I had some notes somewhere and can't find them. Typically I would speak to the process and framework I guide the team through for outcomes rather, and the benefit of having an objective view. I'd appreciate any input - I have that call in an hour, thank you!
Hey @Cathy Grimes as a CXM expert here's what i recommend to in order to develop operational improvements to CX : Understand the customer journey / Conduct research and analysis / Collaborative discovery with the client / Co-create a tailored approach / Prototype and iterate / Measure and evaluate / Present relevant case studies / Demonstrate a human-centered approach. That's based on service design, let me know if it helps 🤗
Hi @Caroline Van de Venne it's not an easy task but here are my suggestions for you : Encourage open dialogue / Encourage active listening / Find common ground / Practice empathy / Seek to understand, not convince / Explore alternative viewpoints / Set clear communication guidelines / Mediate or facilitate / Encourage collaboration and achievement of goals. Sometimes people are not made to work together for different reasons, and when it comes to resentment, unfortunately nothing can be done. Let me know if it helps 🤗
I'm curious to know what kind of facilitation everyone does...? While I recognise that Facilitation Skills/ Principles apply across all types of facilitation, I've seen a lot of posts/comments around Design Thinking, Design Sprints, UX... Apart from supporting facilitators to hone their craft, I do a lot of facilitation in the Community Engagement / Social Impact space. Strategic Planning, Community Consultation, Partnership Brokering... that kind of thing. I'm keen to see the breadth of facilitation that's in this community.
It depends on the organization but I offered facilitation in cross team work, positive communication with colleagues and management, developing a team culture where everyone feels safe, innovation, problem finding and problem solving and more 😅
Hey @James Preece knowing your audience is critical when conducting a workshop. Understanding their backgrounds, expertise, and motivations can help you tailor your content, approach, and style to ensure that your message resonates with them. When you have a clear understanding of your audience, you can create content that is relevant, engaging, and actionable. To prepare yourself when meeting with various people from different backgrounds, you should research their industry, job role, and interests. You can also conduct a survey or hold a pre-workshop meeting to gather information about their expectations, goals, and challenges. This information can help you to structure your content and presentation style to meet their needs and ensure that the workshop is valuable and engaging. It's also important to be aware of cultural differences and communication styles, particularly when working with people from different backgrounds. You should consider using visual aids, examples, and case studies that are relevant to your audience's culture and experiences. Taking the time to know your audience and prepare yourself can help you to create a successful workshop that meets the needs of your audience and provides them with actionable insights and strategies 😉
Hey Facilitators! Last week @Rebecca Courtney hosted a special facilitation-themed live training, and it was PURE VALUE. Hundreds of people from all over the world tuned in to learn about: - The crucial role facilitation plays in driving success for your team in 2023. - The secrets to fixing broken collaboration and unlocking true team synergy. - The seven core facilitation skills. - How you can get a special, limited-time discount on our new program, Facilitation Fundamentals. My favorite part of the training was Rebecca discussing the Diamond of Participatory Decision Making (watch that part in the preview). When I first learned about this group process coined by Sam Kaner, it seriously blew my mind... I finally fully understood why we need Facilitators (and why Facilitators should unapologetically be charging top dollar for their invaluable services 💰💰💰💰💰💰💰) You can unlock the complete training here if you want to learn more. What's your take on the Diamond of Participatory Decision Making? Do you think it can transform the way teams collaborate and make decisions?
Oh yes @Jakub Michalski It’s a powerful tool for teams. It can truly change the way they work together and make decisions. By valuing : transparency, empowerment, shared ownership, and creativity, teams can create an inclusive environment where everyone's input is respected. This approach encourages collaboration and can unlock new ideas, leading to better outcomes. The Diamond has the potential to transform team dynamics and decision-making processes for the better 😎