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Creative Facilitation – the Book!

Viv Mcwaters

Facilitation is not linear. Part One: Why Facilitation? Creative Facilitation – the Book! Start anywhere. Dive in.

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Transforming your business with creative facilitation

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For a long time facilitation has bothered me. I guess that’s a funny thing for a facilitator to say. FacilitationTweet This!

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Facilitation tips for improvisers

Viv Mcwaters

There’s also jargon around facilitation. The same is true of facilitating. Learn about the bones of facilitation. There’s an underlying architecture to different performance types, just as there’s an underlying architecture to facilitation approaches. Facilitating is performance. Why this matters.

Creative Facilitation – the workshop!

Viv Mcwaters

Creative Facilitation – the workshop! Creative Facilitation – the Book! Facilitation LearningOn May 1st. In Melbourne.

Why do groups need a facilitator?

Viv Mcwaters

If the job of a facilitator is to get out of the way, why have one in the first place? Why do groups need a facilitator? Facilitation

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Open Space Technology Facilitation Training

Viv Mcwaters

It’s exciting to be offering Open Space Facilitation Training again with my friend Andrew Rixon in Melbourne on Wednesday, February 13.

Creative Facilitation Workshop February 27 – Bringing meetings to life

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Enough people have asked, so here it is – a one day intensive Creative Facilitation Workshop. Facilitation LearningTweet This!

Learn facilitation?

Viv Mcwaters

Facilitating is like rock balancing – you never know if you can do it until you try. Learn facilitation? Facilitation Learning

Facilitation training workshops

Viv Mcwaters

And – drum roll please – a brand new, never before offered, workshop: Creative Facilitation: It’s Not About You!

Facilitating with confidence

Viv Mcwaters

Have you seen our Facilitating With Confidence video? Facilitating with confidence is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au. Facilitation

What is facilitation again?

Viv Mcwaters

The latter seems more interesting, somehow… What is facilitation again? The post What is facilitation again? Facilitation

Learning facilitation

Viv Mcwaters

Here I am in Madang in Papua New Guinea, preparing to deliver a five-day facilitation skills training to local Papua New Guineans who will take what they learn back into their communities. And if that’s what you want, that’s okay, just don’t call it facilitation! After all, process is at the heart of facilitation.

Facilitation in pictures

Viv Mcwaters

In March I was delighted to facilitate a workshop at the Malaysian Facilitators’ Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Tweet This!

Facilitation is hit and miss too

Viv Mcwaters

This is the skill and the art that facilitators bring. Facilitation is hit and miss too is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au. Facilitatio

The meaning of words

Viv Mcwaters

Even with a sample size of 14 responses*, there’s some interesting insights regarding word meanings and the use of language when facilitating.

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Survival guide for introverted facilitators

Viv Mcwaters

Facilitation might seems like an odd choice for an introvert. Extroverts also make great facilitators, and bring different skills).

What is the real work of facilitation?

Viv Mcwaters

If you could draw a caricature of a facilitator, what would you include? What you probably wouldn’t see, is this: That’s because the most powerful work of facilitation is that which goes unseen. It’s what the facilitator is not doing. What is the real work of facilitation? Facilitation And so on.

The real challenge of facilitation

Viv Mcwaters

This is good to remember when facilitating, or with a group of people at any time. Lowest common denominator, safe-as-houses facilitation. While it’s easy to focus on techniques as a facilitator, what’s more challenging for me is working on compassion and bravery. Related posts: FACILITATING WITH CONFIDENCE!

Facilitation tips and tricks for newbies

Viv Mcwaters

Today I was a guest with John James for a webinar about tips and tricks for newbie facilitators. Why would a group need a facilitator?

10 Basic Group Facilitation Skills

Viv Mcwaters

I’m in the midst of facilitating a training for an INGO on incorporating mental health and psychosocial support into programming. Throughout this training the topic of facilitating groups within communities has come up and I’ve been asked to provide some idea of basic facilitation skills. Facilitators have opinions.

Creative Facilitation workshops in London Nov 6 & 7

Viv Mcwaters

After our success in Melbourne and Amsterdam, we’re now bringing our Creative Facilitation workshops to London. Facilitation as Performance explores ways to keep your cool when in front of a group, how to calm your nerves and what to do when you don’t know what to do. Facilitation Learning Do one. Do both.

So you want to be a facilitator? Advice for the uninitiated.

Viv Mcwaters

The group you are facilitating is central – they are the ‘heroes’ of the workshop. Get out there and facilitate!

Break down to break through

Viv Mcwaters

Our challenge as facilitators and leaders of these group discussions is to hold the group in their discomfort and move towards dialogue.

A games-free zone?

Viv Mcwaters

It’s a big responsibility being a facilitator. What is the point of ‘silly’ games, especially in a facilitated workshop?

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The tyranny of the explicit

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Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Facilitation ImprovFor some, committing is difficult. Tweet This!

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Action storming for tackling difficult people

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I’ve been travelling in Kenya, Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Action storming from Viv McWaters.

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

Of course, you can get more engaging and productive meetings by engaging a facilitator – like me! Facilitation Learning I bet it’s a lot!

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Let the games begin

Viv Mcwaters

Genevieve says, “As a theatre practitioner and wellness facilitator I have seen Improvisation Games achieve great things, while people have fun.

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The games we play

Viv Mcwaters

Now add a facilitator , a games master, who keeps the game moving, counts down the time left for your decisions, and occasionally offers options, that might, or might not be helpful, depending on your situation. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. There’s time pressure – make a choice NOW!

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Asking for help

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And those of you who know me even better will know I’d give my right arm to have a facilitation buddy or two to hang out with, toss about ideas, egg each other on. Related posts: Still learning about facilitation Here’s what I learnt about facilitating thanks to Melbourne Playback. I quite enjoy helping others.

How to do more of what works

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Related posts: So you want to be a facilitator? Occasionally, someone will ask me how I became a facilitator. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. I didn’t plan it this way, it just happened, and now I have something to write about. Putting humans into space requires good planning. Please.

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Let the music begin

Viv Mcwaters

We Don’t Need Another Hero (Tina Turner) – for all those facilitators trying too hard. Thank goodness for those devices, I say.

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Travelling a different road

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Facilitation as integration In his book Mindsight, Dan Siegel writes about integration as. I’m still waiting to do the Story Seminar.

Embracing reluctance cont.

Viv Mcwaters

Johnnie Moore and I are about to release an eBook on Creative Facilitation. FacilitationEmbracing reluctance cont. Tweet This!

I tried something new

Viv Mcwaters

I’m prone to trying new things when I’m facilitating with a group. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. FacilitationI make stuff up. I create processes and activities. I get an idea and figure the only way to test it is to try it. Does it work? Sometimes. Does it work for everyone?

On being a novice – again

Viv Mcwaters

I’m learning a new way of facilitating ‘inhabitable’ games. Occasionally, someone will ask me how I became a facilitator.

Remembering to learn from who, and what, is already out there

Viv Mcwaters

All of which got me thinking about improvisers facilitating. I wonder what improvisers (or anyone) can learn from facilitators?

Better meetings

Viv Mcwaters

Related posts: Creative Facilitation Workshop February 27 – Bringing meetings to life Enough people have asked, so here it is – a.

It’s all about movement

Viv Mcwaters

I’ve written before about the importance of physical movement, and how this is integral to how I facilitate. Facilitation General Improv

Power and pain

Viv Mcwaters

Funny business this facilitating with groups. It’s easy for people to see the power you have as a facilitator. Facilitation