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. A few weeks ago I sat through some pretty bad training – as a participant.

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How my bad French made me a better facilitator

Net-Map Toolbox

I recently went on a mission to Cameroon, where one of my tasks was to facilitate a workshop with about 100 participants. You’ve guessed it: What I cannot do in French is facilitate a participatory workshop with 100 participants.

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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. In the words of 2x participant Fern: “I wanted to send a quick thank you for hosting such a wonderful workshop. Fern Sabo, 2x participant, 2010 & 2014).

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Facilitate! Don’t be a Clever-Bully

Net-Map Toolbox

And while my participants probably think it is most difficult to find the right Net-Map question or define good links (and yes, those are challenges), what is most difficult to do and most difficult (impossible?) to teach, is to facilitate a Net-Map session well.

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Learning While Building eLearning: Part 3 – Facilitating Online

Full Circle Associates

This one focuses on the facilitation aspects of the course! I want to kick this off with a quote from the amazing Beck Tench talking about facilitating online learning : Learning and change are super complex. This was your first time facilitating an online learning course.

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Graphic Facilitation Workshop ‘Rosviz’ 2015

Full Circle Associates

Graphic Facilitation Workshop ‘Rosviz’ 2015 | Michelle Laurie rants and raves reminds us that it is that time again… drum roll… Graphic Facilitation Workshop ‘Rosviz’ 2015 Welcome to the 6th Annual Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 13-14, 2015 Location: Beautiful Rossland, B.C., Canada Imagine you are planning a project, facilitating a meeting or writing a report. There will be time for lots of practice, feedback and facilitation support.

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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 ? You have no signals whether participants are falling asleep. I found this to be great examples and full of recognition as an online facilitator.

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. It can either be done with the participants, asking them: “In which ways are actors on the map connected which has an impact on the result?”

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Facilitating the transition from online to face-to-face conversations and vice versa

Joitske Hulsebosch

Photo by sparkzy I participated in the online facilitation course by Nancy White (long ago!) Blended trajectories When designing trajectories with an online and face-to-face component you hence need to facilitate these transitions.

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The participant who drives you crazy is you!

Net-Map Toolbox

I recently had the great learning opportunity to deal with a workshop participant who drove me crazy and rubbed me all the wrong way. I would just have thought (in my head, not in my whole body): “Oh, this participant does things that don’t work well.

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Various ways to use social media as a facilitator or trainer

Joitske Hulsebosch

This is a blogpost written for a half-day workshop for facilitators with Sibrenne Wagenaar. An example is using Yammer or Twitter so that participants can have contacts in between face-to-face events, but the core is in the face-to-face. (2)

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A Webinar on Facilitating with Technology With 36 Co-Presenters

Full Circle Associates

MAFN is the Mid Atlantic Facilitator’s Network. You can see the five questions here in the PDF –> The Edge o fOnline Facilitation MAFN March2015 4 Blog.) Some are clearly self-defined as trainers, others as facilitators.

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The Changing Role of the Learning Facilitator

Jenny Connected

There is an intense discussion going on in the CPsquare community at the moment about the work of learning facilitators. Quite a few members of the CPsquare community work independently as community facilitators or for an organisation. Others like myself, are members of CPsquare not so much because we work as community facilitators, but because we are interested in social learning theory and how people learn in communities of practice.

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The participant who drives you crazy is not you at all!

Net-Map Toolbox

So, you read my post about the participant who drives you crazy because you feel like looking in a mirror with bad lighting. And you are thinking about a recent experience when a participant really didn’t work for you… but try as you may, you cannot find yourself in their behavior.

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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. If you still need convincing, check out amini advert created by July participants! .

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Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Michelle Laurie

A few weeks ago I facilitated a 1.5 Thirty participants ranging in age from 18 to 38 years old learned complicated subject matter in a short time frame. Playing in teams acts as an ice breaker for participants helping them get to know each other over shared tasks.

Graphic Facilitation Workshop September 23-24, 2013 – Registration Open!

Michelle Laurie

Warming up at Graphic Facilitation workshop. I am pleased to announce that there will be a Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, B.C., Facilitators, project managers, team leaders and members, town planners, teachers and anyone who would like to engage others beyond words. .

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Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 2011

Nancy White

Graphic Facilitation Workshop 2011 ) We had a great time with the first version of this workshop in August of 2010 in BEAUTIFUL Rossland, BC. Graphic Facilitation Workshop 2011: Using Visuals for Effective Engagement. events graphic facilitation visual thinking

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.

Facing Workshop Participants While Taking Notes or Mindmapping

Michael Sampson - Currents

As a leader of many workshops during each year, I am keenly interested in the human dynamics of the room. Those who ask me to come and run a workshop will usually find that I rearrange the room to my specification before starting, a process which can take up to 30 minutes (which is why I always arrive early).

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Co-facilitating: how hard can it be?

Viv Mcwaters

Can you pick the co-facilitators in this pic? A few recent incidents have thrown co-facilitating into sharp relief and helped clarify some of my own experiences and expectations of working closely with others. Part-time co-facilitation just doesn’t work.

If you want more participants, invite less people!

Net-Map Toolbox

Well, that might be because the word “participants” has been overstretched and overused to mean everyone who sits in a room where something is happening. draw a Net-Map with a group) and there are 30 people in the room, they are all participants, right? And the interesting thing is: The bigger the group, the smaller the number of active participants becomes. facilitation fine-tuning implementation notes from the field Organizational Learning technical details

New emerging practices for trainers and facilitators

Joitske Hulsebosch

I'm currently facilitating two learning trajectories, both starting online. Both experiences made me reflect on how big the shift is for trainers and facilitator who embrace social media and integrate in in their practice. online facilitation

What makes Facilitating With Confidence different?

Viv Mcwaters

After 13 days facilitation training with my mate Johnnie Moore I’m excited by what I’ve learnt. We’ve had lots of fun, some sticky moments, have met some wonderful people from across the globe, and have definitely learnt as much as the participants. Facilitation

Faciliplay: Play as an Online Facilitation Technique

Full Circle Associates

Note: Faciliplay: Play as an Online Facilitation Technique was a post I wrote way back in the early life of this blog, before I moved to WordPress. Faciliplay: Play as an Online Facilitation Technique (in discussion forums) by choconancy First of all, the members of the Fall 1999 Knowledge Ecology University (now defunct) Online Facilitation Course inspired me write this. Bernie has created a playground to share ideas on play for facilitators, therapists and healers.

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.

7 conditions for a great facilitated workshop

Viv Mcwaters

Remember that you are facilitating a workshop, not chairing a meeting, and participants deserve to know why they are there, when to arrive and when they can leave. I once knew a facilitator who didn’t own a suit and he would tell clients that if they needed him to wear a suit then they’d have to find another facilitator. So relax and trust your skills as a facilitator and your intuition to know what will serve the group and the purpose. Facilitatio

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. We need to give participants autonomy: instead of telling them what to do, we create choices for them about how to participate and collaborate. We don’t believe in facilitation-as-usual and therefore don’t do training-as-usual.

Facilitation Zen: Achieve more by doing less

Net-Map Toolbox

Will I eventually facilitate participatory group processes by inviting no-one to sit in a dark room and breathe with me? But after my recent insight about getting more participants by inviting less people , today is all about getting more results by doing less. When you are called to facilitate group processes it is easy to think that you get more effective the harder you work, the more methods you know and use and the more of your wisdom you share.

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5 Reasons not to work online as facilitator or trainer

Joitske Hulsebosch

We are working and living our lives more and more online, but within your work as organizational advisor, facilitator or teacher you can still focus on face-to-face activities. You are not good with technology If you participate in a webinar is there is always something not working well. It''s a good reason to stay far away from facilitating online. online facilitation

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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

Making it Difficult to Join: The Case for Barriers to Participation

John Tropea - Delicious Community

However, how you set up your participation and membership process (or if you have a formal ‘membership’ at all) is a critical strategy choice that should be driven by your end goal.

At the intersection of power and participation

Chris Corrigan

” Those of us who are facilitators of participatory process often make grand claims about the power of processes like Open Space Technology and World Cafe to even out power differences. Some participants may be able to operate much more resourcefully because of their power or privilege by, for example, becoming the scribes for small groups and speaking for the group. ” as a way of trying to discern the limits of participation. Leaving New York today.

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. You might have been to a Trampoline day, or a BarCamp or some other event where you, as a participant, are invited to create the agenda.

Hospital checklists and Inviting Participation

Full Circle Associates

That starts with an informed, intelligent invitation to participate. I’m currently reflecting on the last two weeks where a team of us co-facilitated 2 rounds of a week long learning experience for professors at the University of Guadalajara system in Mexico.

The art of giving instructions: 7 practices for facilitators

Chris Corrigan

I think one of the hardest things to do as a facilitator is master the art of giving instructions. Even for facilitators, public speaking can be a stressful experience, and there is nothing worse than trying to give instructions to a group while your knees are shaking and your mouth is dry. But for all facilitators, and and especially those of us who work with radically new ways of meeting, this is a whole art in itself. Facilitators love our tools. Facilitation

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Digital Workplace Trends 2013 - and Participation Opportunity for 2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Colacem case study talks about how the company has learned to work together better through the use of wikis, and highlights the key change / adoption facilitators. (In Jane is getting ready to kick off the 2014 survey, but since I''ve been late in getting this written, it may be too late for your organization to participate now, if you haven''t already registered with Jane. Jane will include a customized scorecard for each organization participating in the survey.

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Facilitation Resource Alert

Michelle Laurie

Hello facilitators and non-facilitators! Where do you look for ideas, inspiration and validation when you want to design, host or facilitate a great meeting? I have a set of people, books and weblinks that I often go to when I get started on a new project that involves facilitation of a meeting/workshop/conference/etc. Recently, thanks to Full Circle Associates , I was led to a website that shares the Group Pattern Language Deck.

Unleashing Joy Through Visual Facilitation – Part 4 of ISS Fellowship

Full Circle Associates

When Brad Beach (of Chisholm) and I were noodling on what I might share through my fellowship, I was exceedingly happy that he was willing to step out of the more traditional practices and dive into visual or graphic facilitation.

In the midst of facilitation training

Viv Mcwaters

Tomorrow we start week two of three weeks of facilitation training. I’ve been thinking about how this training is quite different from the sort of training I did when I first started facilitating way back in the dark ages (before the internet). Collaboration Facilitation Learnin