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The power of the little liberating structure 1-2-4-all

I love the basic mini structure of 1-2-4-all because it is liberating. It is true, 1-2-4-all is not the ‘big thing’. But it is easy, and the effect can be big. Every voice counts First, 1-2-4-all is the message that... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

How to cultivate your feedback culture

What about your feedback culture? Do you cultivate it? Feedback is one of the simplest learning tools. All it needs is an invitation, intention and attention. The other morning I was early on my way to the train station. I... Continue Reading →

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