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Nadia von Holzen

The soft power of sweet lists for your next workshop

                  I love lists; all sorts of lists. List writing is easy, fast and productive. When I am stuck the best thing to do is making a list. I grab a piece... Continue Reading →

Hungry for creative challenges or what it takes for people to engage

I often observe people in meetings, seminars, or workshops. It is my job to do so. For steering the process, I am regularly taking the temperature; I need to know how involved participants are. Engagement is visible and can be felt. On... Continue Reading →

Tree ring by tree ring; or how knowledge management helps grow “learning rings”

How do I explain knowledge management to the person sitting next to me on the flight to Amsterdam? Knowledge management is a peculiar term, rather confusing and misleading as it is not about managing anything. It is all about learning.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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