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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Planning is easier when visual – a plea for the Swiss german word ‘Auslegeordnung’

This is a plea for the Swiss German expression Auslegeordnung. Auslegeordnung is a funny and practical word. It means literally to display (auslegen) an ordre (Ordnung). You stop being busy and lay out all the information visually on the table,... Continue Reading →

Finding forgotten stories – 7 ideas how to remember stories

Noticing stories Finding stories is all about remembering experiences. That is the wise advice from Anecdote: Notice when someone tells something interesting and on the spot make a mental note, later add the story to your story bank. After 5 months of... Continue Reading →

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