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 there! 😃 A client have asked me to deliver a Design Thinking workshop for a group of 6 leaders that work in a company related to environment and sustainability. They what to use the Design Thinking workshop to define solutions on how to create team cohesion through all the different teams they have in the company. In total they are 6 leaders + 20 employees. I was wondering if the workshop could be delivered in 4 sessions of 4 hours each? What do you think? 👉 Update: This will be an ONLINE workshop
Hey @Alexandra Oporto, 1. What is the expected outcome? Deliverable of a plan or information? For you to give them a taste or an idea of what Design Thinking is? 2. I guess you could do it in 1 big session or groups in different sessions? The risk being is it could be a lot to manage on your own so you could need a co-facilitator. 3. If you are running multiple 1 hour sessions its risky as it doesnt really offer you a lot of time with a big group and the sessions would need to be close together and getting so many people with a dedicated timeslot like leadership is difficult
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Hi there! Thank you so much for all the inspiration I get from this page! Really helpful. I’ve got a question from a client of mine: he loved my workshop with excersizes but he also said: I can not invite you for every meeting we have. Do you have tips / quick wins to have more productive hands on meetings with better results? Now they are too boring and just a few people participate I have some ideas but not good enough in my opinion. So very curious how you would approach it. Thank you so much
Hi @Marcella van Eijndhoven Interesting situation. This is something I would potentially look at in the future. It might be worth thinking of what types of Meetings they have and how they can be more constructive. Thinking back to Workshopping in general the goal is to be centred around being productive and driven around outcomes. E.g You could give them a presentation/workshop about productive meetings and give them a rough process of steps to use to try to make teams more proactive and use meetings more effectively such as , is there more than 2 people, is there a problem to solve? What are the expected outcomes? Can this be an email / slack message? Making effective agendas and setting rules.
@Marcella van Eijndhoven Yeah in that example it requires something like rules for like say if its a feedback opportunity, people should bring examples. If there no examples don't need to attend. If they are running a demo session e.g put questions on slack and will answer. I think in facilitating it can be the same basis but on a more varied scale. Its primarily about efficiency right. Maybe you could book more sessions with them to gather requirements about needs, brainstorm rules and get the managers to agree on the selected/voted for meetings and rules.
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Hey all, I wondered if anyone has any experience with getting leads / finding ways to do free workshops for practice with Charities and any other types of organisations to practice running them in a safe space so to speak. My head runs into a wall when thinking about it as I don't know what type of workshops would be 'sellable' to an NGO for volunteering as an example.
Last week I facilitated a 2 hour workshop for an insurance company that wants to introduce a new offer to grow and change direction due to new California law that is killing its cash cow offer. To put things in context, in the past I charged $2k for a day. But, it never hurts to ask even thought the thought feels frightening. Best of the experience is that this was the first time I run this type of workshop - “The Story Framework Sprint” and in a new Indutry. Quote from the CEO - “we have too much knowledge in our head that it’s confusing to make sense of it in a simple way”. This helps to simplify our focus.
Hey Facilitator Club Community! 👋 I'm excited to share my game plan for mastering the art of facilitation. I've broken down my journey into 5 major phases: from education to continuous improvement. I hope this checklist can serve as a useful roadmap for anyone looking to get serious about this craft. So here it is: 🌟 Igniter Phase: The Spark - ✅ Joined the Facilitator Club: Took the first step to get inspired, stay updated, and build my support system. This ignited my journey into the world of facilitation! 📚 Phase 1: Education and Skill Building - 📘 Read "Make Time" by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky: Mastering balanced productivity. - 📘 Read "Design Sprint" by Jake Knapp: Foundational understanding of key methods. - 🎓 Join “Workshopper Master” by AJ&Smart: Comprehensive training! - ✏️ Compile a List of Exercises: My toolkit of facilitation techniques. 🤝 Phase 2: Practical Experience - 👫 Facilitate Workshops for Friends: Safe space for practice and real feedback. - 🎭 Conduct Mock Workshops: Solo or with volunteers for real-world practice. - 💼 Offer Free Workshops for Local Businesses: Testimonials and portfolio building! 🏆 Phase 3: Building Credibility - 📝 Document and Share Experiences: Blogging and/or vlogging my journey. - 📋 Compile a Portfolio: Case studies and testimonials. 💰 Phase 4: Monetizing and Scaling - 💼 Offer Paid Workshops: Start small, then scale up. - 📰 Publish Articles/Guides: Sharing my expertise. - 💌 Start a Mailing List: Regular insights and updates for my audience. 🔄 Phase 5: Continuous Improvement - 🎤 Attend Facilitation Conferences: Keeping up with industry trends. - 🧐 Peer Reviews: Get feedback from experienced facilitators. - 📚 Refresh Your Training: As tech and methods evolve, so should I. That's My Plan! 🙌 I believe that planning is half the battle won. With this checklist, I aim to hold myself accountable and track my progress. And hey, we're all in this journey together, so I'd love to hear your feedback, tips, or even your own goals. Let's help each other level up! 🚀
Hey @Ömür Yanıkoğlu great idea and planning! Love it. In phase three you could also think about when sharing on social media any small little info graphics or posts on tips to improve something for someone. Its small, free and would likely contribute to building your credibility. It's like when people share photoshop tips or tricks.
@Talia Johnson @Ömür Yanıkoğlu One thing I think I started thinking about is what types of areas are my focus. Do I love strategy or certain industries. Can I quickly join an online free Linkedin group to gauge interest or see what problems people have. You could build an email list or for a few days actively seek out any of your interests to see if anything sticks like going to some free events or one or two conferences. Not many people meet a facilitator and if you go to a corporate one you might stand out a lot as someone different with useful skills.
After a couple of months of intense study, practice, and Inner Circle Mentorship, I’ve landed my first official Sprint!! I’ll be collaborating during a 9-Week Customer Experience Sprint with key members of an AI startup, providing consulting advice, and helping improve the flow, look & feel, and overall experience for a new digital product. The main goal will be to assist the team in establishing product/market fit and proving traction. Among the many fancy exercises I’m planning for this engagement, we’ll collect User Challenges, perform Task Analysis, and build a User Story Map. I will also help them complete a Lean UX Canvas to establish our testing hypotheses, and document a Product Roadmap to identify and prioritize additional features. The pièce de résistance and main deliverable will be an interactive, high-fidelity prototype we’ll use to get feedback from test customers in several rounds of Usability Testing. I am extremely happy and grateful to the AJ&Smart team, for ensuring I did the deed. Special mention of course to @Jonathan Courtney but also to @Rebecca Courtney, @Tim Höfer, and so many others that pointed the way forward. I also want to give thanks to the many colleagues who helped me to grow, and who took time to practice with me some of these exclusive top 1% skills. Too many to mention, so suffice to say if I forgot you I owe you a tall drink ;) whenever you’re in Florida! Here it goes… Thanx to @Graham Thompson @Julie Taplin @Yash Mehta @Jill Banks @Abdul Salam @Benedict Odjobo @Javier von Westphalen @Ömür Yanıkoğlu @Riya Korah @Tarrush Kapoor @Chrissy Braun @Elli Nikolaou @Celine Tran @Teresa Middleton @Irina Volfson @Michelle Audsley Myers @Kristi Shumway @Keith Wasserman @Sabine Braubach @LaYinka Sanni @Lina Robayo @Luca Terminiello @Alexandra Pinegger @Trevor Wood @Kristen Cattell @Hind Bayane @Laure Duchamp @Bret Koontz @Coco Curry @David Marks @Anat Akiva @Talia Johnson @Chris Davis @Shelley McKeating … You’re All Stars!! 🌟✨
Hi everyone! Failure can be a powerful teacher. I'd love to hear times you felt you dropped the ball as a facilitator and what you learned from it. I'm asking cause I facilitated a workshop recently and I didn't intervene with a participant when I should have (I think I lost folks after that). Would love to hear areas others have struggled with and how you've improved/overcame.
I think having the wrong expectations can be a big mess up. I have done this. Especially if the person has a lot of value but they arent 100% clear why they are there. ESPECIALLY, if they have historically been asked to meetings etc, asked for their opinion and nothing comes of it. This can have a person be a troublemaker stakeholder but within historical reason and albeit good reason.
Hy, I have to do a workshop for small groups of 5 participants. The goals of the exercise is to emphasize that every one in the company is important. We can not function if one role is out. Does anyone has a good exercise? Duration of workshop = 30 min
Hi there, @Caroline Van de Venne sounds like a fun thing to try to highlight and 30 mins, is quite short however if the focal point is specific so its useful. In my mind these are not specifically workshop exercises persay but it might get you to think about the outcome? Goal > Everyone is important 1. Completing a puzzle and each person has specific pieces and work together to create the complete puzzle, highlighting the need for peoples contributions. 2. Complete a story with certain phrases and each participant can contribute to it. 3. Combination game, each person has a piece of a combination to open a prize safe (lunch) I think what Im trying to get at is how you might quickly instil the sense of teamwork with the essence of everyone has something valuable to bring to the table. Unless you have a lot of information at hand and can organise people by traits etc to plan something really elaborate you could try something like this.
Dear all, in yesterdays call we had a question around a follow-up process with our clients. As Rebecca mentioned AJ & Smart don't follow up. Their offer is just the workshop, maybe the Who-What-When and that's all. I would like to know if you partner or recommend with agencies or consultants to help your clients with the next steps? How do you handle this in the best case? As I mentioned last week, I want to change my business model a bit and I only want to work in my zone of genius, for example workshops for problem discovery and identification (thanks to Jonathan for the impulse). Since last week I was wondering what to do with the information out of a workshop like this. Will my client be able to handle it by themselves? Looking forward to your ideas and thoughts.
This is a good point because I was thinking depending on the client you may not need to step in or support which could be good and offer a checkup session later in the year. If you need to offer a package or something of more workshops/meetings its something to think about but I guess you then might end up with something like a Service Matrix? For example: Initial Strategy Workshop 1. > No followup, retro session later in year = $ 2. > Implementation workshops $$$ 3. > Implementation framework shop $$
I'm facilitating a workshop for startups. It's going to be an LDJ about how to enhance their collaboration. I need ideas for an icebreaking activity and an energizer, as the workshop will take place in the afternoon right after lunch. I want to ensure the participants are engaged and energized throughout the session. Any suggestions for an activity that can help kickstart their energy levels and create a vibrant atmosphere? Your input would be greatly appreciated!
I sometimes try a sketchnoting icebreaker to wake people up. Its measured with high energy and focus. I vary the options but typically get them to sketch out on post-its or paper words I call out or use slides. I give participants 10 seconds to draw each one and I start easy then go into abstraction to force them not to think and do for example: 1. Tree 2. Cloud ... 10 Atmosphere It can be fun as its quick, simple and people quickly learn to switch their thinking pattern.
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Pretty cool, like this idea. Would you say its a good way to assess yourself but also consider your ability to adapt to different types of clients and scenarios? Perhaps even mapping it out in a way to see how this might reflect even more on how you facilitate? :)
Hey folks 👋 I've put together a Notion page called Facilitation Tools and Techniques. It's a curated list based on this awesome article I found. The aim is to make the content more digestible and useful for us. ✌ Now, the page is far from complete. Facilitation is an evolving field, so it's tough to capture everything. But hey, that's where community comes in! 🤝 If you have something to add or notice any gaps, let's collaborate and make this resource even better. Who knows, we might even create a 'Workshopper's Second Brain' inspired by the book 'Building a Second Brain' by Tiago Forte. ✨ Looking forward to your radical candor and invaluable insights! 🙌
Pretty interesting @Ömür Yanıkoğlu. I wonder if you could go one step further and even add on a little example on those items in their links or even a negative example to say why its good to use the technique :)