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Options for reviewing workshop with participants

Picture: Workshop review with sticky dots How do you review a workshop with participants that goes beyond the ‘sticky dots’? Well, the sticky dots can be meaningful, it all depends (as always) on the context and the purpose. The question... Continue Reading →

Creating common ground – looking for agreement on how to work and learn together is essential

If you go on a climbing tour with friends, you will have to do some preparation. Within your group you will decide which route you will take, who takes the lead, and what weather conditions are acceptable. You will arrange... Continue Reading →

Inspiration from human-centred design for workshop design

Lately, I am digging my nose into human-centred design. I found confirmation for many aspects important in preparing a workshop. My dive into human-centred design was refreshing. When I see myself as designer, the workshop becomes a beautiful design product,... Continue Reading →

The curious facilitator staying calm

Even though facilitators should always be prepared for their gigs, they have to be comfortable with improvisation. Just like jazz musicians, facilitators know their tunes and their melodies by heart but they also know how to recompose and reorganize them... Continue Reading →

The beauty of group discussions – always more than “add-ons”

Last spring someone involved in the preparatory group of a learning event told me in earnest: "Group discussions are an add-on." I couldn't believe my ears. "What, an add-on?" I thought. This person gave expert presentations more value than group... Continue Reading →

11 questions to verify your workshop planning process

“Do you have a checklist for preparing and designing workshops?” is a question I am often asked. I have no checklists. I use visual planning maps and above all I have many questions. I promised myself to never stop asking... Continue Reading →

The secret of successful workshops: A collaborative planning process and the inclusion of many perspectives

Lately, I overheard the following story in the train. A team was supposed to meet for a two-days retreat. Two days before the retreat no agenda was mailed out; only the venue and time frame were communicated. The retreat was... Continue Reading →

Interactive webinars or the wonder of the chat box

Lately, I joined a webinar on webinars organized by GFAR and the Global Landscapes Forum managed by Peter Casier. The generous offer for “a peep behind the curtains: How to set up and run a webinar” made me curious. It was... Continue Reading →

Creative job titles to spark conversation at learning events

Esther Choy's idea of using creative job titles to spark conversation is fabulous. In her blog post How to hook your audience’s attention at a networking event she tells how she introduces herself as storyteller when she goes to networking events and... Continue Reading →

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