Alternatives to Presentations and (boring) Panels

Full Circle Associates

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my clients working on meetings talking about alternatives to presentations and panel discussions (which are rarely discussions.) engagement events facilitation I can’t quite recall who started pointing towards the “ What If.”

Good and bad facilitation

Viv Mcwaters

Which got me thinking about good and bad facilitation. Like aid, facilitation may appear good on the surface, but scratch a little, and you might not like what you find. So, what makes good facilitation? Feel free to add you own (and alternatively, what makes bad facilitation?).

Facilitation reboot

Viv Mcwaters

After an intense period of facilitation, I always seem to come away with new insights and ideas about facilitation in general and my role in particular. A workshop, time away from the everyday, provides an opportunity to experience alternatives, to step back and see what’s happening, to reconsider, to discover and to experience change. I have now completely let go of any notion that facilitation is about making it easier. Tags: Facilitation

Facilitator as disruptor II

Viv Mcwaters

I wrote about the facilitator as disruptor. Then, I wrote about the role of a facilitator as a the ‘trickster’, now I’m considering the role as ‘circuit breaker’ It seems to me that a lot of facilitation is about breaking patterns – patterns of behaviour, of thinking, of responding. And increasingly I’m being asked to ‘explore alternatives’ – whatever that means. Enter an external, or independent, facilitator.

The 10 basic online tools every trainer and online facilitator should know

Joitske Hulsebosch

I therefore completely understand that facilitators of learning and change processes and trainers/teachers can''t see the wood for the trees. I have good news: I can recommend a group of 10 tools that are so useful that each facilitator needs to know them and should be able to use them. The bad news is that for every tool also is another alternative. I think there are many facilitators already doing this. So no facilitator should not be able to manipulate Twitter!

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Facilitating unschooling: bridging the gap between interests of a child and external expectations


I’m at another iteration of trying to come up with a “theory of unschooling”, or at least articulate the ingredients of facilitating learning of our kids in that way. As I wrote before, my personal choices around it are heavily influenced by my work of looking at learning in various shapes in organisation (see Facilitating informal learning and Performance improvement mindset and taking it for granted ).

2016 120

Incredibly Dull: The Alternatives to Collaboration

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

And no amount of team building or facilitation seems to completely resolve these differences. The Alternatives to Collaboration Perhaps we need to consider the possibility that some people simply don’t like to collaborate.

Advising: Statements to facilitate discussions

Joitske Hulsebosch

Yesterday we had a CPsquare session with Robert Tollen who facilitates an online discussion group about Myeloproliferative diseases. believing in scientific treatment versus alternative treatment), and how you can deal with this as a facilitator. The lesson that I took from the discussions, is that as a facilitator you have your own beliefs too, and you have to be aware of your own biases, so that it doesn't limit the conversations.

2006 100

Tips for Chat/Talk Show hosts | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

What I’m talking about is an alternative method to boring presentations.

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10 online icebreakers

Joitske Hulsebosch

Alternatively participants could be put into small groups and find out through teamwork what the truths and lies are. An other alternative game is three truths and a lie. Source: Nancy White’s online facilitation course.

2009 280

Facilitating Networking

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

Facilitating Networking by Paula Thornton December 26, 2007 at 2:07 pm · Filed under 2.0 I failed to factor in the absence of alternatives to address a serious ‘perceived’ problem at hand. Design Thinking , Barriers , Enterprise 2.0 , Facebook , Social Networking This is in response to a comment from my colleague, Bill Ives, who asked for my thoughts as to the potential shakeout of social networking tools in the Enterprise.

Communities of practice: a facilitation task taxonomy for communities of practice

Joitske Hulsebosch

An interesting alternative for personalised pages (thanks to Chris Addison) is netvibes where you can add more options like flickr photo streams. It talks about the role of the facilitator of a CoP which is key to the effective establishment and sustainment of communities of practice.

2006 130 Facilitation Mastery: Experiencing the Four Flows

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

What these photos do not show, of course, is the rich process of facilitated design meetings that we led as a way of generating this material. Facilitation is all about serving the group and its collective purpose as distinguished from one’s own. View an alternate.

2008 42

But what would you do instead?

Viv Mcwaters

These are some approaches that I think are definitely past their use-by date, and some suggestions on alternatives. I’m more interested in the alternatives. Some people specialise in graphic facilitation. So you want to be a facilitator?

2014 268

Tapping the Network to Facilitate Innovation « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Tapping the Network to Facilitate Innovation February 21, 2010 tags: design thinking , folksonomy , human capital , influence , innovation , knowledge management , learning , reputation , social business design , social capital , social network analysis , whuffie by Venessa Miemis A few weeks ago, I noticed a contest on Stowe Boyd’s site to receive a free entry to the Social Business Edge conference coming up in April in NYC, and a chance to share the idea on stage.

Dealing with resistance and difficulties


The original text is two years old and comes from the document written as part of a certification by Stichting Keurmerk Thuisonderwijs in September 2016 (more from it is at Facilitating unschooling ). Facilitation Unschooling reading unschooling writingThis is something that was in drafts for a while and I hesitated about publishing it – it is personal and about difficult things.

2018 109

My Pen, Our Pens: Engagement through Participatory Visualization Workshop

Full Circle Associates

For the last 6 years we (Michelle and Nancy) have been leading introductory workshops on graphic facilitation, the use of visuals in group process. If you are looking for a great entry point into graphic facilitation, JUMP AT THIS OFFERING for September 19-20, 2016 in Rossland BC.

2016 72

Facilitation, Objectivity, Worldviews, Innovation and Coping with Complex Problems

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

September 25, 2008 Facilitation, Objectivity, Worldviews, Innovation and Coping with Complex Problems I mon my way from San Jose to Vancouver and thence to Bowen Island for acourse on The Art of Hosting (a collection of event facilitation andproblem-solving methodologies). Its tempting to blame this on thefacilitators, but with a couple of exceptions the facilitation of thesesessions was done brilliantly. Creating an Alternative, Gift Economy.

2008 28

Technostress for a webinar

Joitske Hulsebosch

I always tell trainers and facilitators that technology is peanuts. Every trainer who can work with a beamer can facilitate a webinar too. Listening half to the discussions about the content - working with statements - I started looking for alternative tools.

2012 176

Stephen Billing's Blog " A Baker's Dozen of Facilitation Practices that Defeat Their Purpose

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

And yet how many times have you seen facilitators who: Create structured activities that are engaging but do not foster real conversation about real things going on in the work place (e.g. Get participants to talk to the flipchart or to the facilitator, but never to each other? Facilitate sessions that generate long lists of ideas or issues that never see the light of day again. Tags: facilitation

4 ways to use Instagram in learning trajectories en training

Joitske Hulsebosch

Of course you can switch to other alternatives as a private Facebook group , or a private Yammer group. online facilitation Icebreaker This is a guestblog by Lyset den Blijker. How to use Instagram for learning?

2013 193

Idea Bounce

Viv Mcwaters

I think Idea Bounce is a cool alternative. Facilitation What do you get when you combine a mini one of these with a mini one of these ? I call it an Idea Bounce (new process alert). Inspired by TrampolineDay and Open Space – it’s what to do when you don’t have time for either of those processes. I had about 75 minutes, a group of about 20 people, and an obvious need to talk about lots of stuff.

2014 125

Habits and disruption

Viv Mcwaters

Recently I facilitated a couple of workshop with visiting academic Professor Bas Verplanken. The disruption provides a ‘teachable moment’ – an opportunity to explore alternatives. Which of course, got me thinking about disruptive facilitation, providing a circuit breaker to group habits. Facilitation LearningHe specialises in habits. Here’s a few things I gleaned.

2012 122

Innovation: the human flip chart

Nancy White

Recently she posted about a facilitation challenge that I related to: going to a gathering venue and not being allowed to post things on the way. The “problem&# isn’t just the facilitators’ It is the challenge and operating conditions of the group.

Heading Back Down Under: Part 1 Australia

Nancy White

Practicing online community managers, facilitators or similar functions. Nancy White is an internationally recognised online facilitation expert-practitioner. Please use PayPal to book with Visa/MC or contact us for alternative payment options.

What do we mean by engagement online? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Now that some very crude and un-scientific definitions of engagement are on the table, let’s look at how we, as facilitators, can encourage engagement online. If that is the reality, consider sub groups and weave ideas between them as their facilitator.

Back to basics

Viv Mcwaters

I’m guessing people new to facilitation, or leading groups, or standing in front of their peers at a meeting, or designing an event, or asking the community what they think about something, flounder around looking for ideas and tips, and leaning heavily on what’s gone on before. We reinforce existing patterns and habits by doing more of the same, because we have no idea that there might be alternatives. Facilitation

2012 100

Three learning and teaching trends in 2016 and the essence of homeshooling


Three Trends that Will Influence Learning and Teaching in 2016 : 1) Alternative credentialing, 2) Experimentation in new teaching models and learning spaces, and 3) Student-driven personalized learning. Learning Uncategorized Unschooling learning facilitation learning spaces legitimate peripheral participation mixed age learning

2016 98

The centre of attention

Viv Mcwaters

So maybe we conform even when we know there’s alternative ways, simply not to stand out. I have blatantly co-opted the model to describe different styles of facilitation. Conferences Facilitation Presentations

2011 169

Revisiting the Hero’s Journey

Viv Mcwaters

Scriptwriting was to be my next career – the one I’d turn to when I was sick of facilitating, and sick of travelling. You can check it out here Facilitator’s Journey Summary. Tags: Facilitation Story

2010 141

Raising the Bar on Online Event Practices

Nancy White

It has been a while since I wrote about synchronous online facilitation is a focused way. Breaking presentations down into 7-10 minute segments alternated with interactive periods to maintain engagement. Facilitate!: She is an active online event designer, facilitator and technology steward. Encourage facilitative practices from everyone, not just the facilitator. See more synchronous facilitation examples here.

2009 105

7 Minute Segments & Experts

Nancy White

Uncategorized events facilitation learning trainingCC Some rights reserved by Mundoo on Flickr. I’m not a big fan of “training&# — it feels like something we do “unto&# others. But something from this Fast Company article on training at Google caught my eye.

Lessons from the field

Viv Mcwaters

After eight days of facilitation training in Indonesia, what did I learn? The remaining people stayed to learn more facilitation and prepare to debrief the simulation - which also included local staff, bringing the numbers on the day up to 100+. For many years I refused to even entertain the idea of including a slideshow (aka powerpoint presentation) in any facilitation. The post-simulation debrief provided a real facilitation experience for the trainees.

2009 100

How to be more playful

Viv Mcwaters

Let me share some alternatives. Related posts: Still learning about facilitation Here’s what I learnt about facilitating thanks to Melbourne Playback. Conferences Creativity Facilitation Improv Play

2011 141

More on breaking patterns

Viv Mcwaters

So consider the role of training other facilitators, or indeed, training others in our own profession, whatever that might be. BTW, I believe breaking patterns is good because it encourages us to look at alternatives and to grow. Tags: Facilitation Musings Is that not also about patterns, if not breaking them, at least exploring new ones? How do I (the one delivering the training) make sure I’m not just reinforcing my patterns?

2010 100

What do we mean by engagement online?

Nancy White

Now that some very crude and un-scientific definitions of engagement are on the table, let’s look at how we, as facilitators, can encourage engagement online. If that is the reality, consider sub groups and weave ideas between them as their facilitator.

SIKM community presentation

Digital Habitats

I know it took a while to gather around a question, to get someone to facilitate it. The web has made an explosion of alternatives. Nancy White: tolerance for ambiguity (a value that comes from online facilitation) applies to tech stewardship, as well. February 16, 2010.

2010 159

Lessons from a Crazy MAFN Multi-Sensory Webinar

Full Circle Associates

For the last few years I’ve enjoyed presenting a 90 minute synchronous session for the Mid Atlantic Facilitators Network , or MAFN. Another year Any Lenzo, Nancy Settle-Murphy and I co-led a session about technology and facilitation (2015). Large/Small/Large group alternation.

2017 56

About Nancy White | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

White Full Circle Associates Seattle Washington (206) 517-4754 – [link] Skype: choconancy Twitter: NancyWhite (and informally, choconancy ) SKILLS International practitioner in understanding and practicing online group facilitation of distributed work, learning and community groups (presenter, writer, teacher, coach, facilitator, rapporteur). Design, implement and moderate/facilitate online communities and workgroups.

2008 133

Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities

Online Community Strategy

New tools will need to be developed to facilitate purpose discovery, and to drive the community experience through context (activity streams, member matching & networking, journey models) and feedback loops (based on activity). Purpose.

Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities

Online Community Strategy

New tools will need to be developed to facilitate purpose discovery, and to drive the community experience through context (activity streams, member matching & networking, journey models) and feedback loops (based on activity). Purpose.

Good Suggestions for “Fixing the Q&A” Session

Full Circle Associates

An alternative to the inverse Q&A is to ask people to find good questions in groups. events facilitation knowledge sharing learning online interaction presentations BDSKM BDSLearning

2014 68

Wanderings of a Liberating Structures Practitioner – Part 2 the practice

Full Circle Associates

As the meeting concept evolved, the team eventually invited me to help them design and facilitate the three days, giving them a chance to step back and participate themselves, and see Liberating Structures in action. change complexity facilitation Liberating Structures

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