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How many words does a picture prompt?

How many words does a picture prompt? I've seen this technique used recently a few times to stimulate participants' thinking on the topic of the day. The facilitator shows an interesting picture - on a screen or printed out - and asks the audience to express their...

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Playing with time when facilitating a session

Playing with time when facilitating a session Time is often the dimension that gets away from us, ruining an otherwise wonderful event. You are facilitating a session. It’s an important topic - that’s why it’s on the agenda and has been allocated the time. You know...

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How NOT to end a session on time

How not to end a session on time If you want to end a session on time, don’t make your final activity an open question-and-answer session. You lose control, as the audience takes over. I’ve seen one presenter faced with an endless stream of questions, each of which...

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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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