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The workshop agenda shaper – a template for a visual clarification and design process

Are you about to plan your next workshop, learning event, or conference? Then you know that there is a lot to clarify before we, the facilitators, can start designing the workshop agenda. I am always starting with the 3 Ps:... Continue Reading →

Reporting back from group discussion – pain or gain?

Be honest, sometimes debriefings from group discussions are a real pain. I suffered as participant when the reporting back was too lengthy, too repetitive or too detailed. I also suffered as facilitator because I hadn’t given the debriefing as much... Continue Reading →

Meeting rooms: not fancy but flexible

In my last blog post, I wrote that the seating order tells a story and that the room set-up is a choice. Last week I observed waiters in a little restaurant on the islands of Tenerife doing their work. The... Continue Reading →

Beyond input + Q&A – or how to design workshops the flipped way

Workshop time is precious time, let's spend it wisely. I sometimes wonder why there are still workshops and seminars in the format 'input + Q&A + discussion'? Do we lack imagination to do things differently? Or is it a question... Continue Reading →

People first! Content second – workshop time for connecting

And yet again. I was facilitating a three-day workshop. We invested the first 30 minutes into a playful and visual introduction round. Most people knew each other, either well or vaguely, and a few were new. In a group of... Continue Reading →

Meeting 4 purpose or get the why clear

  What relationship do you have with the little word 'meeting'? A friendly one? A neutral one? Or a troubled one? In my previous life as employee and team member I was - honestly - not a big fan of... Continue Reading →

Icebreakers are more than fun – it matters how we start a workshop or a conference

It matters how we start or ‘C’est le ton qui fait la musique’ The other day someone asked me about ideas for icebreaker exercises. “What do you need it for?” was my reaction. We had a lovely exchange about workshop... Continue Reading →

Using a metaphor for explaining what it means to be the facilitator

  Lately, I was facilitating a visual inquiry of a group of facilitators about the meaning of facilitation. The group uncovered a series of interesting metaphors. The visual results made me think. I love the plenary system of people with... Continue Reading →

Creative online meetings combine tools for joint writing and drawing

Great and inspiring online meetings play with tools. I have many online meetings. Some give me energy boosts and allow me at the same time to get work done; while others are time and energy consuming with poor results. So,... Continue Reading →

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