Can improv save the world? It can’t make it any worse!
JULY 15, 2016
There seems to be bad news around every corner. Where else might it be used? Tickets are £129 and are available from here.
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Have you ever been to an event that is talking about being one thing while being something else ? With questions, taken in threes, at the end?
Bring your meetings to life in 2016 – February workshop dates announced
JANUARY 19, 2016
It’s a whole new year, and a great opportunity to come to one of my Creative Facilitation workshops – still at 2015 prices. . Where? Bravo!
A morning with David Whyte
APRIL 30, 2016
First, two confessions. I’d never read, or listened to any of David Whyte’s work. And I didn’t know what genius loci meant. Nor did I know to what extent both might influence me. ” Repetition. Repetition, I now know, is not a part of his written work, but is certainly a huge part of his performance. Gesture. Silence.
Creative Facilitation – the Book!
JANUARY 8, 2013
Exactly two years ago, I spent six weeks with my ankle in plaster after an operation. With nothing better to do, I wrote a book. Start anywhere.
A few thoughts about what it’s like to be a free agent gleaned from John Hagel’s talk
FEBRUARY 16, 2014
John is the current darling of the social entrepreneur set. With good reason. He speaks to the dilemmas that free agents and changemakers face. Let Go.
Creative Facilitation – New stuff. Yay!
APRIL 22, 2015
How does a facilitator announce new stuff? ” Sounds a bit lame really. It’s boring to talk about this stuff – much better to do it.
The meaning of words
DECEMBER 2, 2014
Even with a sample size of 14 responses*, there’s some interesting insights regarding word meanings and the use of language when facilitating.
Connecting More Deeply
JULY 18, 2016
I’m riffing some ideas here based on the four themes we’ve been exploring for Creative Leadership: Having bolder conversations. You betcha.
Engaging the Resistance
JULY 18, 2016
I’m riffing some ideas here based on the four themes we’ve been exploring for Creative Leadership: Having bolder conversations. ” .
The games we play
JULY 9, 2014
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of games, play and movement. Recently I attended a MASHLM Humanitarian Summer School in Lugana, Switzerland. And a special callout to Paulo Gonçalves, Founder and Director of MASHLM, who made it possible for me to attend. There’s time pressure – make a choice NOW! No going back. You bet!
Travelling a different road
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
There is a link, of course. have to refer to my notes for the other stuff. But this is not a post about stories. It made a lot of sense. Tweet This!
How to do more of what works
OCTOBER 14, 2014
Funny how things come together sometimes – an online course about decision-making in complexity and uncertainty, a book about being an astronaut, a workshop on social labs, and an exhibition on making animated movies. It enables us to take advantage of good planning, serendipity, the unexpected and luck. Should we throw away the plan? Please.
HUMAN – sci-fi meets aid
AUGUST 3, 2016
As a long-time fan of science fiction, I was delighted to hear that J. Science-fiction, you’re thinking. Why science-fiction? Enough from me.
Transforming your business with creative facilitation
DECEMBER 13, 2012
Warning: Thinking out loud. For a long time facilitation has bothered me. To use some jargon, it needs a context. An indulgence? This made me pause.
Creating productive spaces
NOVEMBER 14, 2010
Monday’s Beyond the Pale (tips for better meetings). The idea is to make things simpler. Get rid of the tables. All of them. Here’s why. 1.
Let the music begin
FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Thank goodness for those devices, I say. Now all I have to do is work out how to play said songs on demand in the middle of a workshop. Tweet This!
The myth of the agenda
AUGUST 20, 2011
It goes like this: to have a productive meeting you must have a pre-prepared agenda and stick to it. That’s the secret of better meetings. Bollocks. An agenda is wallpaper – it covers the cracks in your meeting by pretending to provide structure and control. And certainty. When It’s just another example of a one-to-many process.
Let the games begin
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
The Olympics are over for another four years. But it’s not those sort of games I’m referring to. Not sporty, competitive games. Tweet This!
A games-free zone?
JANUARY 27, 2014
You get the picture. It’s hot. Bloody hot. Too hot for a workshop, that’s for sure. Seemed more appropriate for a kids’ party to me.
Researching applied improv – a project for 2014
DECEMBER 18, 2013
Even a cursory look at this blog will reveal my interest in improvisation. Most improv happens on the stage, in theatres and bars. Onward!
The tyranny of the explicit
NOVEMBER 30, 2011
We probably all know someone who constantly plays the excuse card. In other meeting formats it might be okay to be passive. Share this on Facebook.
What are the 3 big mistakes that Meeting Leaders make that keep them frustrated with drawn out meetings and a lack of enthusiasm?
NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Number One: They do all the work themselves. They don’t answer questions or contribute much, and if they do, it’s often to disagree with each other.
Peeking from behind the mask
MARCH 23, 2012
Two articles in today’s Melbourne Age newspaper stood out. This one and this one. “Tell the story – the more times you tell it, the better off you’ll be.” ” This was the advice given to Brant Webb and Todd Russell , survivors of the Beaconsfield goldmine disaster. This is not a cure. Share this on Facebook.
Connecting individuals in a large group meeting
MAY 4, 2011
This week I’m taking part in a global meeting of about 80 or so people and have about an hour to do some connecting activities. Good question.
Co-facilitating: how hard can it be?
APRIL 19, 2011
Recently a client refused my choice of co-facilitator for budget reasons and offered one of his own staff (whom I had never met) to help out. declined.
What makes Facilitating With Confidence different?
MARCH 12, 2011
After 13 days facilitation training with my mate Johnnie Moore I’m excited by what I’ve learnt. So what’s it like? Of course!
Facilitating for engagement in isolated communities
APRIL 24, 2013
There are ways to facilitate meetings and events of all sorts that encourage participation and engagement. Use everything. Don’t assume anything.
Still learning about facilitation
SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
Here’s what I learnt about facilitating thanks to Melbourne Playback Theatre Group ‘s weekend workshop. You have to keep doing something long enough to notice what’s going on for you. Taking an activity beyond what might be considered reasonable can have enormous payoffs. Small moves are more interesting. The opposite is true.
Why do groups need a facilitator?
APRIL 2, 2013
If the job of a facilitator is to get out of the way, why have one in the first place? Because boundaries matter. Improvisers know about boundaries.
7 conditions for a great facilitated workshop
MAY 30, 2011
Everyone loves a good list, so I’m led to believe. This post falls into the category of ‘notes to self’ – or possibly ‘advice to potential clients’ Here goes: 1. Have a clear purpose for meeting. Be clear about start and finish times and schedule long breaks. They don’t need a lot of extra detail. Do lots.
Action storming for tackling difficult people
NOVEMBER 8, 2012
The question comes up sooner or later: “How do you deal with difficult people?” We being moi, Johnnie Moore and Simo Routarinne ).
Break down to break through
DECEMBER 25, 2011
The song uses call and response , one of my favourite musical devices. This is intriguing. This ‘breakdown’ seems to be a type of release.
Capturing the essence of improv
JULY 21, 2012
This is a fantastic summary of highlights and insights from AIN Downunder: Thriving In Uncertainty from April Seymore. Share this on Facebook.
There is *always* process
MAY 22, 2011
Exhibit 1 : Hours of back-to-back speakers, some using PowerPoint, some not. An audience seated in rows, able to ask questions during Q & A sessions at the end, sometimes during. On return, they sit in a circle and share with each other their thoughts and insights. They could easily sit on any number of continuums. What a load of contradictions!
Using who and what’s in the room
MARCH 22, 2011
This week I’m working with a group of people who have come together to learn some new skills. Skills they will be expected, by their employer, to use to design and implement a quite complicated, multi-layered, multi-day event. Participants have been given a comprehensive manual outlining all the steps and procedures. More to come. Learning
Is this sticky or what?
MAY 22, 2011
THIS is disruption at its best. If you can’t see the video in your browser, here’s the link. link]. Conferences Facilitation Improv
Someone to rely on
MARCH 28, 2011
It’s great to travel, to do interesting, challenging work, and sometimes, just sometimes it gets a bit lonely. General
Facilitation tips for improvisers
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
One of the ongoing themes around applied improvisation is the use of language, and recognising that improvisation has its own jargon. This jargon may sometimes be unhelpful when introducing people to the principles and practices of improvisation. know it’s a trap I’ve fallen into way too often. Play with new formats. Why this matters.
AUGUST 31, 2011
Two things caught me eye in the newspaper this week. Sarah Wilson was writing about trusting the process. She was referring to the creative process – the sometimes messy, unconnected, seemingly random process that we go through when being creative. The secret? Just start. Good advice. Community Creativity Culture General