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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 →

How I became a story spotter

I am walking around with a little booklet in my pocket. A booklet ready to be filled with little stories I spot. Mark Schenk encouraged us to become story spotters. A first and wise step on the way to become... Continue Reading →

Making time for network thinking is no luxury

I am a 'how person'. Process and method thinking are my passion. To me it is natural to think on meta level about the opportunities and the value of networked learning. I am convinced that thinking about networks is no... Continue Reading →

Easier drawing while meeting with visual vocabulary

  If you can write letters, you can draw." Doug Neill That's what I told myself when I signed up for the one day visualization training "Faszinieren am Flipchart". I want to get better in drawing and visual note taking.... Continue Reading →

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