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How to get a conference off on the right foot

How to get a conference off on the right foot Letting people speak to each other at the beginning of a conference has many benefits. It gets us relaxed and contextualised. You start to know who the people are around you. They become both humanised and professional....

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How a facilitator raises the prospects of better conversations

 How a facilitator raises the prospects of better conversations We all want better conversations at work and in other aspects of our lives. Yet you have probably noticed that good conversations don’t break out automatically simply because people get together and talk....

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How to tell if you are the facilitator

How to tell if you are the facilitator When you are young, your aunts and uncles will ask you what you want to be when you grow up. It’s a rare child who says, 'I want to be a facilitator’. Facilitation is more something you gradually discover and can get drawn to....

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What to look out for on the edge of your vision

 What to look out for on the edge of your vision One of the most important skills of a facilitator is having good peripheral vision - an awareness of those things happening just out of your focus. This is a handy ability in life, too, of course, and it protects us...

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Does everyone need coffee right now?

Does everyone need coffee right now? Is it even possible to get it? I watched an ugly facilitation moment the other day, in which participants who were deeply involved in an activity were wrenched out of it by a facilitator who seemed to think it important that...

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The point is not powerpoint

 The point is not the powerpoint There were at least 20 presentations during the conference I attended last week, and in half of them the PowerPoint was not starting on time. That's to say that the audience watched the presenter fumbling with projection equipment and...

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Chocs Away

 Chocs Away! I watched an inspirational presentation on the potentially dull topic of the need to stick to corporate style guidelines in all written communications. Yes, I know. But we were saved from monotony by the fact that 'Chocolate' was the word used most often...

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Making technical stuff more interesting

Making technical stuff more interesting Let's say you have a difficult technical or scientific topic to share with your audience. You suspect they won't be able to take in all the information you have to share if you simply hit them with a bunch of complicated...

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What can facilitators learn from the military?

 What can facilitators learn from the military? One striking characteristic of a VUCA world is that not everything goes according to plan. Which is disappointing, because it would be so nice if everything did go as intended. Bloody VUCA! Which is an acronym from the...

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Does everyone need coffee right now?

Does everyone need coffee right now? Is it even possible to get it? I watched an ugly facilitation moment the other day, in which participants who were deeply involved in an activity were wrenched out of it by a facilitator who seemed to think it important that...

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