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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 →

Facilitation tip 4 : Engage all participants and make it playful

Take a moment and think back to a last conversation you had. Why did you engage? Did you care about the topic? Is it your cause? Did you have something to contribute? Did you care about the people? Were you interested... Continue Reading →

Facilitation tip 3: Conversation is input

  We learn through conversation and inquiry. When I facilitate a workshop or help others planning and designing their workshop I always go for ‘as much conversation as possible and as little input as necessary’. Making this suggestion I often... Continue Reading →

Facilitation tip 2: Design the workshop as a story with a beginning, a middle and an end

A colleague asked me for advice. She is planning a three-days regional workshop with a small group of 12 colleagues working in the field of health. After clarifying the purpose we talked about the workshop design. She had a clear idea what... Continue Reading →

My guiding rules for facilitation

                Meetings I facilitate should be inspiring and meaningful. That is my aspiration. This needs preparation. And practice. I facilitated many meetings; and each time I see myself as learner. Inspired by Johnnie... Continue Reading →

Facilitation tips 1: Start with purpose, people and process

I love it when young colleagues approach me and and ask for advice how to get ready for their first facilitation task. It is great they accept the challenge and are curious. Indeed, there is no better way to become... Continue Reading →

The facilitator and the many interpretations of the facilitator’s role(s)

I know who I am when standing in front of a group in a workshop room. I am the facilitator and host. I am responsible for the process and serving the group to perform at their best. Years of practice... Continue Reading →

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