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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 →

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 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 →

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 →

Framing is connecting

We think of photography as pictures. And it is. But I think of photography as ideas. And do the pictures sustain your ideas or are they just good pictures? I want to have an experience in the world that is... Continue Reading →

Connecting people in a workshop is no luxury

I participated in an Art of Participatory Leadership workshop. The workshop lasted 2.5 days. The first evening session, after an early dinner, was dedicated to getting to know each other. This evening session was a very worthwhile investment. While investing 10... Continue Reading →

Input and conversation the flipped way – for stronger connections and deeper engagement

I was falling into the trap again. I agreed on the pattern 'input followed by conversation' because of the promise the input (about 45’) would be conversational. It wasn't, at least not in my understanding. It would have been with... Continue Reading →

The power of the chairs, or how seating influences conversation

The arrangement of chairs needs care. The seating influences the conversation. It gives the workshop room tune, color, and rhythm. As facilitator of learning events I always have a plan how I want people to sit. Even for a 1-hour... Continue Reading →

Design for successful learning events – three essentials

Inspiring workshops need great people, stimulating questions and the right environment. Making workshops successful is also a design question. Workshops will fly if we take care of three essentials: relationships, joint learning and work. And we need to find the... Continue Reading →

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