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!
For those that have used this to prioritize ideas after a team brainstorming session, I’d love to hear some tips to make the debrief smooth. For example, do you briefly explain the matrix and ask participants to place their ideas where they think it goes? Alternatively, do you place them yourself after having an entire group discussion? I’m planning to use this for a workshop this upcoming week. I need a quick and simple approach to get people to use this, without a whole lot of discussion an explanation due to limited time. This debrief will come right after three smaller groups discuss ideas that they can share with the larger group. Thanks in advance for your advice. Jennie
Hi @Jennie Shiu I love this exercise and groups that I work with are usually really impressed particularly after a vote on ideation, where the assumption that the highest voted idea is the best one to start actioning first, where as when mapped on Impact/Effort, you normally find that it sits in the "Make a project" quadrant and there are other ideas that are less effort that we should action first. My main advice is to simplify it as much as possible, we are not trying to get precise metrics for impact/effort, more an estimation of both, but maybe agree with main stakeholders before hand what high/medium/low effort could mean and same with impact
Hey all, loving this forum so far, great to have a network of people to reach out to and seek advice from. I have recently introduced Team Canvas sessions to our organisation and the response has been excellent. My experience to date(circa 30 sessions) is with groups of 10 or less participants. However, later this week I am facilitating for a team of 24 people and I am looking for advice on how I might handle this. I ensure that my sessions are very inclusive and that everyone gets a voice through each section of the canvas, but with a group of 24, how can i do this and ensure that everyone remains engaged? Love so tip on this
@Joao Ribeiro Hey Joao, thanks for that. Unfortunately no co facilitator for the session, but how you have broken down the canvas sounds great. I also totally agree with your comment on the value of the canvas session itself, it is 100% about the process of filling it in and the valuable discussions that come from doing that
One of the great things about what we do is you can do it as an employee or go out and become your own company. Whilst the later comes with amazing benefits there are a lot of areas that need to be considers… Like - What does it take to set myself up as a business or do I just contract in. - If I am setting myself up as a business am I a sole trader.. registering by business - Defining your purpose and setting clear goals yearly, quarterly - Defining your target customers, products, services and financials. Whilst this is a passion space for a lot of us, you still need to understand your revenue needs. - Branding and marketing - What do you need to set yourself up… physically, technology - Contracts for engagements - How to build a pipeline, managing you customer base Making sure you get work life balance! Would be interested in hearing and learning from each other on what made sense for you and what you would like to share with the rest of the community…
What's your favorite facilitation tool, and how has it made your job easier? Share a picture or a brief description, and let's learn from each other! For me, it's Magic Paper! It turns ANYYYYYYYYY surface into a whiteboard which has been useful every time the workshop location changes very last minute, or we run out of whiteboard space. It's not cheap but 1000000% worth it!
Hi @Jakub Michalski Mine has to be Mural, not only is it very easy for anyone to pick up and use(which can be a big hurdle in online workshops), it is also packed with brilliant templates where I have learned a lot of different techniques from trying out. (I don't work for Mural by the way, just love their product!)
Hi, I wanted to get the groups opinion on something. I feel, one of the hardest jobs in being a facilitator, is when you finish an inperson workshop, and then have to collect all the post its, and transcribe them onto Mural/Miro to share back to group. It takes forever, some handwriting can be hard to read, and the sentiment can be lost when the session is over. With this in mind, I have recently starting running my inperson workshops through Mural. I ask everyone to bring their laptop to the session, share the link to a whiteboard in mural and capture all post its that way. We still have all the very rich conversation around the table, but when session is over, I just do a bit of tidying on the Mural board and share the results. What are peoples thoughts on this?
This is a topic I think most of us can relate to I certainly know that I have had phases in both camps where I sometimes only consider a few exercises for workshop design and sometimes I want to flip through books and internet resources to find the perfect exercises for the occasion. Both approaches work and the optimal is probably as always combination approach. Is the picture true or false? 👩⚖️ What's your approach and where is your ideal balance? ⚖️
Its a great topic, I have run so many "bespoke" workshops which are all just very small tweaks to some core workshops, or a combination of a couple of different recipes. Being confident enough with the core methods gives you the confidence to tweak and experiment.