Learn facilitation?

Viv Mcwaters

Facilitating is like rock balancing – you never know if you can do it until you try. You can read all the details about Creative Facilitation: The Basics here and Facilitation as Performance here , and other people seem to have enjoyed the experience, even learned some stuff.

2015 201

Great meeting and art? Try Graphic Facilitation

Michelle Laurie

Lovely facilitator drawing by Nancy White, graphic facilitator extraordinaire. Effective meetings Uncategorized effective meetings Facilitation graphic facilitation Visual Thinking Workshops

Creative Facilitation – the Book!

Viv Mcwaters

It is always in ‘beta’, always a work in progress and no amount of requests for cookie-cutter approaches to facilitation can stand up in the face of the messy, unpredictable and ever-changing world of actual facilitation with living, breathing humans.

2013 284

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. Facilitation training workshops is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au.

2014 203

What I learned about facilitating by doing stand-up comedy

Viv Mcwaters

And I think it’s an important question for those of us inviting others to step into the unknown, whether that be learning something completely new or putting their faith in us as facilitators. Here’s what I learnt about facilitating from doing stand-up about facilitation (how meta is that?):

2018 194

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. Yet facilitation is so much more. It takes longer to develop the qualities and behaviours associated with great facilitation.

Facilitation resources updated

Viv Mcwaters

If you click on FACILITATION RESOURCES you will find a long list of processes, games, and activities that I use in my facilitation. FacilitationI’m updating my RESOURCES page. About time too! You can find it just up there, on the menu – between About and Learn. 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

Creative Facilitation training

Viv Mcwaters

Johnnie and I made this little video that describes our approach to facilitation training. Related posts: What is Creative facilitation? Creative Facilitation in Melbourne Nov 26-27 You might be surprised by the variety and depth of.

2016 141

Facilitation tips for improvisers

Viv Mcwaters

There’s also jargon around facilitation. One of my big insights at this year’s Applied Improvisation Network Conference in San Francisco was about how to explain some facilitation concepts to improvisers, especially those who are mainly theatre improvisers, and maybe unaware of some of the traps of taking what works well on the theatre stage onto the corporate or conference stage. The same is true of facilitating. Learn about the bones of facilitation.

New! Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 13-14, 2015

Michelle Laurie

I am very excited to announce we are offering a graphic facilitation workshop July 13-14, 2015. Effective meetings #rosviz engagement graphic facilitation Visual Thinking Workshops

2015 217

Graphic Facilitation 2015 – Skills, Innovation and Fun!

Michelle Laurie

I am very excited to be co-hosting the 6 th Annual Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, BC July 13-14 th , 2015. Effective meetings #rosviz communications effective meetings engagement graphic facilitation Workshops

2015 231

Creative Facilitation – New stuff. Yay!

Viv Mcwaters

How does a facilitator announce new stuff? A musician brings out a new song or album, an artist has an exhibition of their latest paintings, a writer releases a new book or poem – and a facilitator announces…”I have new stuff to share with you.” Learn facilitation?

2015 158

Facilitating with confidence

Viv Mcwaters

Have you seen our Facilitating With Confidence video? And if this whets your appetite for facilitation, then have a look here for some handy tips – with more to come. Facilitating with confidence is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au. Facilitation

What is Creative facilitation?

Viv Mcwaters

And how does it differ from any other sorts of facilitation? It took me a long time – literally years of trial and error – to find my own style of facilitation. It was helpful to see how other people facilitated and I would learn lots from them. With the benefit of hindsight, I can say there were two huge influences on my facilitation: open space technology and applied improvisation. With that in mind, we facilitate with people, not for people.

2015 109

What is facilitation again?

Viv Mcwaters

This was evident when I posted my latest definition (yeah, sometimes I fall into my own trap) of facilitation on the Facilitating With Confidence LinkedIn Group. The latter seems more interesting, somehow… What is facilitation again? The post What is facilitation again?

2013 158

Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Michelle Laurie

A few weeks ago I facilitated a 1.5 Effective meetings conference conversations effective meetings engagement graphic facilitation metaphorsday meeting for young leaders on the topic of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT).

Creative Facilitation in Melbourne Nov 26-27

Viv Mcwaters

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. Here’s what we’ll cover: Beyond the traditional ‘facilitator’ role - What does leading a meeting mean in today’s workplaces? How does a facilitator announce new stuff?

2015 178

Online facilitation inspired by car dealers

Joitske Hulsebosch

Thus facilitating is really different than selling cars. I myself have just facilitated a three-week online course on business and human rights, the involvement from week one to week three went down, from high to low. elearning online facilitation

2016 163

Some facilitation tips for you…

Viv Mcwaters

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Three roles of a facilitator

Michelle Laurie

I recently came across this short video that gives a quick description of a facilitator. It’s got great visuals, some interesting metaphors and is a good introduction to the fundamentals of a facilitator. Thank you International Institute for Facilitation and Change.

2014 151

Facilitation is hit and miss too

Viv Mcwaters

I’ve been reading about different approaches and processes in facilitation recently that proclaim their use will guarantee success, change, results, transformation and so forth. This is the skill and the art that facilitators bring. Facilitation

2013 219

Applying Graphic Facilitation in New Contexts

Michelle Laurie

I wondered if graphic facilitation may be useful in this context and explained a bit about what I could offer. After each session, the facilitator will debrief with the women on key lessons they learned and the women will then share these with their networks.

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. Related posts: Creative Facilitation training Johnnie and I made this little video that describes our.

2017 169

Creative Facilitation – the workshop!

Viv Mcwaters

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

2013 141

Announcing Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 9-10, 2018

Michelle Laurie

If you are a leader, teacher, facilitator, planner, or simply looking to build new skills in the area of visual language, ‘Rosviz’ is for you! Learn more: Graphic Facilitation Workshop 2018 This workshop (aka Rosviz) focuses on engaging beyond words.

2018 130

Non-verbal communication for online facilitators

Joitske Hulsebosch

So how does this work for online facilitators and trainers. What should you do as a facilitator or trainer without this body language ? I found this to be great examples and full of recognition as an online facilitator. online facilitation elearning

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. Facilitating is not for everyone. The group can work without you and it should be your goal to enable them to operate without a facilitator. Facilitation

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Facilitating for engagement in isolated communities

Viv Mcwaters

There are ways to facilitate meetings and events of all sorts that encourage participation and engagement. This week, while working in Papua New Guinea and helping community leaders learn how to facilitate in isolated communities, I’ve come to understand the following.

2013 220

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? A facilitator can help identify the boundaries to an event. It’s easy for people who are not facilitators to see the work of a facilitator as that which happens in front of a group.

2013 219

Net-Map facilitation pointers: Links

Net-Map Toolbox

Let me start sharing them with you too – starting with everything I know about links: Net-Map Facilitation Pointers: Links. The best interpreters in Net-Map are those that have developed the ability of being co-facilitators.

2015 127

‘Selling’ facilitation

Viv Mcwaters

I’m a facilitator. Once at a meeting of local business people I introduced myself as a facilitator and a woman asked what that was. As I was struggling to find words, another person jumped in and replied, “If you need a facilitator you know what that is, if you don’t, it doesn’t matter.&# Some of my facilitation colleagues like to say they make the work of groups easier. Tags: Facilitation

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. The facilitator’s role is to get out of the way while remaining present. What is the real work of facilitation? The post What is the real work of facilitation? Facilitation

2014 157

Survival guide for introverted facilitators

Viv Mcwaters

Facilitation might seems like an odd choice for an introvert. I have a theory though (completely unproven of course) that introverts make great facilitators. Extroverts also make great facilitators, and bring different skills). Facilitation

More graphic facilitation coming your way Sept 29-30th, 2014

Michelle Laurie

We had a fabulous time hosting 22 people for our 5th annual graphic facilitation workshop in Rossland this July. Effective meetings Uncategorized #rosviz effective meetings engagement graphic facilitation Visual Thinking

2014 221

Rethinking facilitation training

Viv Mcwaters

Watch it, and then come back and read the rest of this post about facilitation training. It’s no longer necessary to come together to get the information you need to facilitate. Get straight into doing facilitation and learn along the way. Facilitation Learning

Planning meetings? Can visuals help? Learn the basics at our 2018 Graphic Facilitation Workshop

Michelle Laurie

These included using kanban boards, ecocycle planning and visual facilitation. As far as visual facilitation, I will be brainstorming up numerous ways to embed this into our meeting to help us stay on track, communicate as a group, see the bigger picture and have more FUN!

2018 130

Facilitation as integration

Viv Mcwaters

This is the challenge of disruptive facilitation. I’ve always found lots of inspiration from fields outside of facilitation. “ There’s the message for facilitation! Right there is my latest, favourite description of disruptive and improvisational facilitation.

Facilitation Card Decks

Nancy White

I love things you can touch and play with when facilitating face to face. This is probably why I was so attracted to the “drawing on walls&# involved in graphic facilitation , kinesthetic modeling and just plain PLAY as a way to work together.

Just-In-Time Facilitation Support

Viv Mcwaters

You’ve been asked to facilitate a meeting – tomorrow, next week, soon! You should have done that facilitation training you’ve been meaning to do. This is what Just-In-Time Facilitation Support is all about. Facilitation

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?).

Still learning about facilitation

Viv Mcwaters

Here’s what I learnt about facilitating thanks to Melbourne Playback Theatre Group ‘s weekend workshop. What about facilitators, leaders, managers, speakers – anyone who has to stand up in front of a group? Facilitation Improv Playback TheatreYou 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.

Facilitating informal learning


Once I have discovered research on informal learning, I became fascinated with the idea of how much of learning is informal and how little we know about facilitating it. Facilitating learning of our own kids so eventually they get an education that they need in life.

2014 171

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. I have now completely let go of any notion that facilitation is about making it easier. That’s a mechanistic interpretation and one that certainly doesn’t apply to my style of facilitation. You can read more about my thoughts on disruptive facilitation here , here , here , here and here.