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How to build the skills and confidence of your learners

How to build the skills and confidence of your learners

Whether you are teaching online or off, there’s a crucial difference between building skills and pointing out people’s deficiencies. Even if your approach is founded on developing what works, while alerting your learners to mistakes here and there, you may wonder what to do about students who believe you are not teaching them properly unless...
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Facilitation: 10 tips on how to make the space safer

Facilitation: 10 tips on how to make the space safer

During a recent webinar on facilitation trends, I asked a group of practitioners for their tips on making space safer. Here are our top ten: 1. Articulate goals and expectations upfront and early, so everyone is clear about what we’re there to do. 2. To keep it constructive and relevant, ask ‘What needs to happen here today for it to be useful to you?’
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Your problem with group brainstorming isn’t creativity…

Your problem with group brainstorming isn’t creativity…

How many of us have been part of a bad brainstorm? But what if it’s not about the group but about how ‘bursty’ it is? And how can improvisation create burstiness? Creativity comes in bursts. Well, that’s according to the Adam Grant podcast ‘WorkLife’, in which he visited Trevor Noah and ‘The Daily Show’...
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Facilitation trends for the 2020s

Facilitation trends for the 2020s

Demand for facilitation is rising. There’s clear value in a range of applications, from quite simple meetings, through to group sessions, to conference sessions or even entire conferences. And as leaders in organisations grow aware of this, it creates opportunities for internal and external facilitators to help groups to have more constructive conversations and reach better (and often faster) outcomes.
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Three tips to increase beautiful layering in meetings, workshops and conferences

Three tips to increase beautiful layering in meetings, workshops and conferences

Layering is the idea of having more than one thing going on at one time in a meeting, workshop or conference. For example, displaying posters on the wall is an example of a layer beyond people simply talking to each other. Each extra layer added to a meeting, workshop or conference also provides an opportunity for the layers to be combined in new activities.
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Transports of Delight

Transports of Delight

My 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 everyone to describe to a partner how they had got to the session that evening and what way they would have liked to have arrived.
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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

When developing an agenda for a government-backed think-tank event on innovation, in climate risk insurance practices, we were wondering what would make for stimulating activities between facilitating heavy rounds of technical discussions. Breaking up proceedings with a ‘two-minute chat-to-your-neighbour’ break seemed ideal, but we had to make a careful choice of topics.
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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 - and asks the audience to express their thoughts on what...

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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 When facilitating a session, time is often the dimension that gets away from us and is the undoing of an otherwise wonderful event. You are facilitating a session It’s an important topic - that’s why it’s on the agenda and...

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