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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 →

Meeting rooms: not fancy but flexible

In my last blog post, I wrote that the seating order tells a story and that the room set-up is a choice. Last week I observed waiters in a little restaurant on the islands of Tenerife doing their work. The... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Playful spheres; or what makes you play?

What makes you play? When are you playful? What do you need to feel ready to slip into a playing mood? Last week I co-facilitated a workshop on remote communication. We designed the workshop in a spirit of play –... Continue Reading →

Storytelling workshops are engaging

Photo: Storytelling - digging into memories Last week I was co-facilitating a digital storytelling workshop in Berne. In the 3-days workshop seven storytellers created stories about an intercultural experience. At the introduction of the workshop I promised: This will be... 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 →

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