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Transports of Delight

Transports of Delight

A New Improvisation GameMy colleague was inspired to invent a new introductory game for our London improvisation group session the other night. She saw a new electric scooter hire service and fancied giving it a try. So, at the beginning of the workshop, she asked...

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What if communication goes right?

What if communication goes right?

A fellow facilitator described how he had worked with a high-performing team and tested the team with an activity with which some of you may be familiar. It's called ‘Telephone’ and it involves each player in the team passing a mimed
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Changing the innovation agenda

Changing the innovation agenda

Moving away from Problem Talk to Solutions Talk How facilitators can move away from problem talk to solutions talk When developing an agenda for a government-backed think-tank event on innovation, in climate risk insurance practices, we were wondering what would make...

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Hopes and fears? Don’t invite fears into the room!

Hopes and fears? Don’t invite fears into the room!

Hopes and fears? Don't invite fears into the room! A lot of training sessions, courses, even conferences begin by asking their participants to consider their hopes and fears. It's a good idea to hear what people want (their hopes), and better to have those expressed...

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How many words does a picture prompt?

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

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

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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