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!
Dear friends, I would like to hear about your thoughts, learnings and tips around this topic. I'm in Germany, since a few years I feel deeply that Germany is not my market. I operate well here, but it doesn't energize me. And the mindset... in a lot of ways fear-based and sadly fixed. At the moment I do have international clients, but they found more in an accidental moment :-) I would like to attract international clients regularly and on purpose. Especially for my offer to design and facilitate off-sites and retreats in Portugal. I'm curious about your thoughts and ideas.
Hopefully, this will inspire others to keep working to gain clients. I sent a contract to a client for 3 sessions, starting next Tuesday, November 21! This is, now, my third contract with churches and I am looking to expand into other businesses and organizations. I am grateful for this community where I continue to learn about the art and practice of meeting facilitation, growing my business, and expanding my network. I am happy to share my meeting plan and schedule with anyone who may find it helpful. The three sessions will help the church to: 1. Clarify Mission, Vision, and Values 2. Understand Staff Roles and Responsibilities 3. Implement a "Sending" Culture
Dear fellows, I'm sitting at a new concept around team communication and would be happy if you would like to share your best exercise and ideas around the topic - Improve team communication Thanks in advance 😍
@Holly MacLean Thank you for sharing the links and your knowledge. Sadly the first link is no longer available. Could you still share the pdf? Would be great. As you wrote and guessed it, in this case it was first important to understand the root cause of the described behavior. With this client, we identified a few areas which were - taking things personally - lack of clarity - lack of verbalized expectations In the following workshops we worked on this specific targets to improve the communication.
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.
@LaYinka Sanni Thank you for your reply and your thoughts. Let me add some context and answer your questions to go deeper: First, normally I separate my services between a workshop, a training and a coaching and consulting/sparring. Yes, in real life it is not possible all the time, and I do my best to give my clients clarity. I truly love clear roles and expectations. Coaching is a part of my zone of genius. According to the true definition of the zone of genius the question is, what is it in coaching what I do best. In my case, discovering and identify the root cause of a problem or symptom, especially when you deal with it long term and tried it all. In a regular coaching setting I help/support my clients to solve this. Now I want to create an offer with my unique ability as a workshop for companies and teams. In this 4 hours workshop we only discover and identify the root cause - nothing more so far. What I experienced in most companies is, that change and transformation fails because it addresses not the root cause and/or no one is aware of this. They waste money, time and energy for nothing. As I'm in the process of designing the workshop and the needs/outcome for my clients, I was thinking about what to do with the information after the workshop. Do I want to offer some consulting - yes or no?! And our call yesterday caught up with my question. ______________________ To answer your first question: Yes, the information out of the workshop is the result of the work we did in the workshop. > To go deeper: Do I want to leave my client alone with the information and results out of our workshop. Am I ok with that? Am I'm the right one to help them find solutions after the workshop? Do I need to control this? Would this block the internal growth process of my client/the company? _______________________ Your second question: It's maybe similar to my answer below. It = The outcome of the workshop. I'm curious about your thoughts.
@Connor Swenson Thank you for your reply. What types of trainings do you offer? For me, the intention and goal of a training is different from a workshop. A training is here to teach and train some skills, develop new skills etc. Theoretical no follow up needed because the impact of the training is based on the user needs which were evaluated before the training. A workshop is here to solve a specific question, make a decision, explore something, find solutions. Follow up could make sense. That's my definition, it doesn't have to be right for you. For the specific workshop I want to offer, there could be a consulting follow up. The question is, do I want to do it. And if not, with whom could I partner or collaborate? I would like to know if AJ& Smart collaborate with agenies for this case.
Dear fellows, I will be in New York from 11/19/23 till 11/26/23. I would love to network and also attend some valuable meetups or events around business, spirituality, art, music. If you want to have a coffee/lunch with me, I'm happy to connect with you. Feel free to dm me.
Hi Caroline, in cases like this, the first question I ask both participants (first alone, after this together): Do you want to be right (win)? Or do you want to focus on your connection/relationship? The answers (Yes/No) determines the further process and the possibility to find a solution. Let them also focus on the things they have in common and the things they appreciate in each other. (For example make a list of 10 points etc.). Also, it's ok to not be the same opinion/on the same page. That's a quality which is really underrated. In my opinion, if it's a work relationship, it's also a matter/topic of the team lead.
I'd love to know where Facilitators invest their money to elevate their sessions and businesses. Is it tools? Software? Continuous learning? Props & materials? Marketing? Hiring spaces? Working with co-facilitators? Or perhaps travel and networking? Let me know in the comments...
I invest a lot in business coaching, overcoming limiting beliefs, astrology, study around community psychology and culture, learning about rituals and holding space, creating outstanding experiences from event managers. That's my current state :-) I use 1:1 coachings, books, online courses.
I've noticed over the last few months the level of engagement on here has dropped off, and some of the earlier leaders on the Leaderboard now rarely participate. It doesn't take much to appear on the Leaderboard. An average of 1 post per day over a month will have you on the 30-day Leaderboard... in the top 20 of over 3,500 members. Though, appearance on the Leaderboard is just one criterium to measure engagement. I took screenshots of the Leaderboard 7 days apart to see what the differences actually are. Take a look at the changes. Quite a lot on the 7-day, some shifts on the 30-day, and very little movement on the All-time board. So, what do you think could be added to the site to increase the level of ongoing engagement? The point system is meaningless by the time you get to my level and no incentive (I have about a year to go at my current rate of contribution to move up a level). What else do you think needs to be added here to maintain a higher level of engagement, particularly for those who have been on here more than a few months? I'm tagging those on the All-time Leaderboard to get their thoughts on this. @Kerri Price @Shannon Wagers @Will Stammers @Joao Ribeiro @Benedict Odjobo @Hassanein Ismail @Sam Pettersson @Jeff Panning @David Finnegan @Jakub Michalski @Rebecca Courtney @Ren Yee Quek @Andrea Browne @Salah Bouchma @Claus Höfele @Austin Govella @Alina Balan @LaYinka Sanni @Abdelrahman Hussien
Hi @Katarzyna Oratowska, here is the structure how I work with people to say No: 1. Information what hinders us to say No (limiting beliefs, shame, lack of confidence etc. - you can collect this with your group) 2. Structure to say No: 1. Confirmation about the spoken words from your counterpart (I heard..., I understand...) / 2. The reason why you have to say No (security reason, time, ressource...), repeat max two times / 3. Silence (the hardest part). Example Dog in the office (this is an easy example to practice): I heard you wish to bring your dog into our office. (Confirmation) Due to healthy reasons it is not possible to allow your employees to bring their dogs to work. (Silence.) If you have any questions, feel free to write me directly.
Hi @Anna Shildrick, I work with the framework of Theory U in most of my workshops. Feel free to send me your questions via DM. Depends on the topic, this is how I use it (just an example, you can use the framework how you need it): 1. Downloading: Open the mind, let everything be there - writing on cards - topic displayed at flip chart etc./ At the end I always the question: And what else? (take your time) 2. Seeing: I pin the cards on a wall - let the participants make a gallery walk - read the results, notes of their colleagues. 3. Sensing: Meditation or awareness practice to feel and sense 4. Letting go: Depends on the topic and team, for example each participant writes down on a piece of paper what they want to let go - in my last workshop we burnt the pieces down (outside) 5. Break - fresh air - lunch 6. Presencing: What's new? Define small group and let them discuss and collect ideas on cards (depends on the topics, I connect the last steps from presencing and crystallizing) 7. Prototyping: Let them free explore and play, how to bring the new things into reality 8. Performing/Presentation: Let each group present their results. Last step: Let them celebrate their results :-) Last last step: What's next? Agree with the team what comes next.
I am doing a keynote in august on a facilitation conference. There are two themes in the keynote: a) Significant trends in facilitation the past 10 years, and b) What is the future bringing for the facilitation profession? It is a really facinating research. I would be keen to hear if you might have thoughts or insights on any of these themes or just aspects of them.
Hi, I’m Svenja. I’m here to connect with like-minded people around the world, to deepen my facilitation skills and to create new concepts around facilitation/workshops. I’m deeply interested in different cultures and rituals, too. I own my business since 2018. At the moment I live between Munich and Lisbon. Most of my work topics are leadership development, strategy development, emotional health, values, human needs as also problem-solving and decision-making. My best skill is to find solutions for every problem and to hold and transform the hard situations/topics. It’s time for me to acknowledge myself and my value, because I have a lot of experience (worked with groups from 300–1000 people, worked with the German government and political parties, worked with people from trainee to CEO). I also want to deepen my skills and knowledge when it comes to sell my value. I’m done with playing small. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one here. I’m happy to serve this community with my knowledge and happy to help.
Are you a facilitator seeking partnership? I am in Nigeria seeking to collaborate either remotely or in person (if you are in Nigeria). I have digital marketing skills as well as an intermediate in UI/UX design. Send dm if you are up for this... Thanks @Rebecca Courtney for the heads up😊
Hey fellow passionate colleagues! 💎 Have you ever wondered why "Facilitator" is a rarely listed position in linkedin/jobs or stepstone & co? 💎 We all know about the explanatory hurdles that comes with our most favourite profession and how to communicate its benefits. 💎 I wanna change that! Therefore I am about to have interviews soon with such players that are open to listen, that there is an army outside that is skilled and willing to ameliorate collaboration all over the world. So, here is the question: ❓❓❓ What would be your questions, wishes, impules adivices you would bring or would love me to bring to such platform managers? ❓❓❓
Hi Göran, interesting question. For me, facilitation is a tool/skill. It did not describe how I help/support people/teams/companies and the value of It's like "I have a car/drilling machine." With both you can do a lot of stuff, the real question is which problem they solve/ which service you offer. Example: I work as facilitator vs. I help leaders make decisions easier and faster. / I help leaders solve their problems fast. So for me, these platforms would be more useful if I would be able to choose the value I bring to a company.
@Göran Hielscher What about a new platform with two sides? On the one side the company who are able to display and describe their current challenges/problems, and on the other hand us as facilitator with our specific skills. And behind all of this a matching-process like tinder.