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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?’

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.

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.

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.