Viv Mcwaters

There’s training, and then there’s Creative Facilitation training!

Viv Mcwaters

There’s lots of things I can’t do well – way too many to list here – but I can cook a pretty good risotto and I can host facilitation training that’s memorable. I know this to be true because I love designing and delivering training that rocks.

2017 169

Third best job in the world

Viv Mcwaters

My job – working with groups, helping them come alive, unearth their creativity and make discoveries – is the third best job in the world.

2016 198

Engaging the Resistance

Viv Mcwaters

I’m riffing some ideas here based on the four themes we’ve been exploring for Creative Leadership: Having bolder conversations. Connecting more deeply. Engaging the resistance. Staying alive. This one is hard!

2016 200

Can improv save the world? It can’t make it any worse!

Viv Mcwaters

There seems to be bad news around every corner. It’s a volatile and unpredictable time, and we all need to draw on all of our skills and resources just to cope, let alone, be of any use to others.

2016 199

Screenwriting and facilitation: it’s all in the cut

Viv Mcwaters

“It’s all in the cut.” ” This is a description of where the magic happens in movies. It starts with a writer, and an idea, a story, and a screenplay.

2017 130

Imagine if you were the type of leader YOU would want to follow

Viv Mcwaters

Fancy three days of fun, engaging learning on a theme of leading creative teams? Johnnie and I are bringing our Creative Leadership workshop to Melbourne, February 7th to 9th. Here’s some reflections from those who came to this workshop in Cambridge earlier this year.

2016 151

Bring your meetings to life in 2016 – February workshop dates announced

Viv Mcwaters

It’s a whole new year, and a great opportunity to come to one of my Creative Facilitation workshops – still at 2015 prices. . Where? Parkville, Melbourne. February 25 and 26. How much? $440 440 per person for two days (if you book 3 or more people) or $700 for a single registration.

2016 184

Fractals

Viv Mcwaters

Have you ever been to an event that is talking about being one thing while being something else ? For example, a conference about innovation that uses well-established, mainstream and predictable processes?

2016 176

Honor Among Thieves: A Review

Viv Mcwaters

Edges are interesting places. Unpredictable stuff happens there. Much of what many of us take for granted every day – belonging, security, understanding – can be missing, or at least fleeting. In his latest book, the second in a trilogy, J.

2015 203

Facilitation resources updated

Viv Mcwaters

I’m updating my RESOURCES page. About time too! You can find it just up there, on the menu – between About and Learn. If you click on FACILITATION RESOURCES you will find a long list of processes, games, and activities that I use in my facilitation. The names help me remember them. Sometimes the same activity might be known by multiple names. I’ve also credited the source of the activity, where known. Let me know of any omissions.

2017 100

Becoming who we are not

Viv Mcwaters

My photocopier is broken. I’ve been searching for the manual. I haven’t found it yet. However, I did find a yellow notepad that I paid US1.49 for at the San Francisco Marriot in 2004. The price sticker is still on the back. I remember buying this notepad in the hotel gift shop.

2016 169

Assumptions and revelations – a book review of Letters Left Unsent

Viv Mcwaters

There’s an activity I did once at an applied improvisation conference about the assumptions we make about other nationalities. We were a large, mixed group from a dozen or so different countries.

2016 164

Creative Facilitation training

Viv Mcwaters

Johnnie and I made this little video that describes our approach to facilitation training. It also includes some footage from our Creative Leadership workshop at King’s College, Cambridge – coming in February 2017 to Melbourne. Related posts: What is Creative facilitation?

2016 141

And that’s a wrap!

Viv Mcwaters

We wish you a fabulous festive season, and a happy healthy, and above all, playful 2017. Related posts: Creative Facilitation training Johnnie and I made this little video that describes our. YARPP powered by AdBistro Powered by. General

2016 130

A few thoughts about what it’s like to be a free agent gleaned from John Hagel’s talk

Viv Mcwaters

When John Hagel started speaking about the dark side of technology as mounting performance pressure, the inevitable comparison with others and the pressure to keep up, I found myself nodding in agreement.

2014 205

But what would you do instead?

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2014 205

Best summer ever!

Viv Mcwaters

I’ve just had the best summer. Yet it wasn’t summer. Not here. And I wasn’t here. I was there, in the UK, hanging out with my friend and business buddy Johnnie Moore in Cambridge.

2016 130

Where ‘YES!’ leads

Viv Mcwaters

Early mornings are not my best time. People I used to work with joked that no-one should talk to me before 10 am. Bit rough, I reckon.

2014 182

Creative Facilitation in Melbourne Nov 26-27

Viv Mcwaters

You might be surprised by the variety and depth of ways to engage people,especially if you’re stuck in a meeting rut, listening to others drone on, and rarely having time to discuss what really matters. I make my living from facilitating, so I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and better, more creative, and more engaging ways to get the best out of people in a meeting. I’m hosting a two-day Creative Facilitation workshop in Melbourne on November 26 and 27.

2015 156

When improvisation meets Open Space

Viv Mcwaters

There are few things that have influenced my way of working – and way of living – as much as Open Space and Improvisation. And it’s not so much what they represent, as the people they have enabled me to meet, befriend, and learn from.

2014 179

Staying Alive

Viv Mcwaters

I’m riffing some ideas here based on the four themes we’ve been exploring for Creative Leadership: Having bolder conversations. Connecting more deeply. Engaging the resistance. Staying alive.

2016 130

Bolder Conversations

Viv Mcwaters

I’m riffing some ideas here based on the four themes we’ve been exploring for Creative Leadership: Having bolder conversations. Connecting more deeply. Engaging the resistance. Staying alive. None of us like to feel uncomfortable when talking with others.

Connecting More Deeply

Viv Mcwaters

I’m riffing some ideas here based on the four themes we’ve been exploring for Creative Leadership: Having bolder conversations. Connecting more deeply. Engaging the resistance. Staying alive. This is one of those things that’s easy to say, hard to do.

2016 130

Birdwatching from my desk

Viv Mcwaters

Glancing just a little to my left of my computer screen, I can see, through my office window, one of the bird baths in our garden. It is an endless source of joy for me.

2014 173

Taming self talk

Viv Mcwaters

Sometimes, when talking with someone, it’s obvious that they are elsewhere. They have gone into their head. While we can’t know what the other person is thinking, it’s usually pretty obvious that they are not listening to us, maybe even no longer aware that we are there.

2016 130

A morning with David Whyte

Viv Mcwaters

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. After yesterday morning, neither is no longer true.

2016 126

Facilitation training workshops

Viv Mcwaters

Back by popular demand is Creative Facilitation: Bring Your Meetings To Life , a one-day workshop on Tuesday, April 29th, full of processes and tips on how to get people involved and keep them engaged.

2014 182

What are the 3 big mistakes that Meeting Leaders make that keep them frustrated with drawn out meetings and a lack of enthusiasm?

Viv Mcwaters

Number One: They do all the work themselves. This means you are in front of the group, maybe chairing the meeting or leading a workshop, and seem to be doing all the work, while the participants sit passively – you’re not even sure if they are listening.

2013 186

Creative Facilitation – the Book!

Viv Mcwaters

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. This week, we’re releasing it into the wild.

2013 207

Serendipity and discovery

Viv Mcwaters

It’s hard to get back into work mode after the holidays. It’s tempting to put off the inevitable, but today I had a couple of meetings to go to in Melbourne with some spare time to wander the streets. A bookshop beckoned.

2016 130

On being a novice – again

Viv Mcwaters

There’s an activity I sometimes use with groups to find out what expertise is lurking amongst the participants: it asks people to nominate themselves as a novice, practitioner, expert or ninja for a particular skill or knowledge of a particular topic.

2014 164

The two not-so-secret secrets about Creative Facilitation

Viv Mcwaters

There’s no big secret to Creative Facilitation , it comes down to two things: using creative processes that allow people to really participate, and showing up as a facilitator that people feel able to trust. The hard part is letting go of all those practices that squeeze the life out of meetings. We are social creatures, fundamentally wired for socialising, playing and creating together. To release energy into our meetings, we need to disrupt some conventions.

2016 109

Researching applied improv – a project for 2014

Viv Mcwaters

Even a cursory look at this blog will reveal my interest in improvisation. It started with Playback Theatre and ranged far and wide around different improvisation styles. Most improv happens on the stage, in theatres and bars.

2014 179

Passive or active?

Viv Mcwaters

I used to edit other people’s writing. I remember one time editing a rather long, scientific article. The author came back to me and said I hadn’t done my job. Nothing had changed.

2014 173

Learn facilitation?

Viv Mcwaters

Facilitating is like rock balancing – you never know if you can do it until you try. Everyone’s offering training at this time of the year (let’s face it, everyone’s offering training all year round!) How do you choose? Not sure, but here’s my advice: PICK ME! PICK ME!

2015 151

Bring your meetings to life!

Viv Mcwaters

Only a few places left for Creative Facilitation Training : how to bring your meetings to life! Where? Parkville, Melbourne. November 26 and 27. How much? $440 440 per person for two days (if you book 3 or more people) or $700 for a single registration. How many people?

2015 130

Open Space on Open Space, Melbourne Dec 10

Viv Mcwaters

I’ve just completed two days facilitating open space. And I’m exhausted. Why is facilitating open space – a process where it looks like the facilitator is doing not very much at all – so exhausting?

2015 130

Burlesque, red dust, sexual and mental health, fun, connection – and cocktails!

Viv Mcwaters

While I’m on about inspiring, how about this? The Channel Country Ladies Day. Also on ABC’s Landline. You can watch it here. Women who live and work in isolated communities and properties in rural Queensland come together for a girls’ weekend.

2014 151

What is the purpose of a conference?

Viv Mcwaters

“The best part of the conference are the breaks. I put up with all of the other stuff so as I can catch up with friends, and meet new people, during the breaks.” ” I’ve heard variations of this over the years.

2015 130

Rock balancing for mindfulness

Viv Mcwaters

My favourite form of mindfulness is rock balancing – introduced to me years ago by my friend Chris Corrigan. His advice about how to balance rocks still stands – you simply have to believe it’s possible. Mongolia is a great place for rock balancing.

2015 130