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.

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Transforming your business with creative facilitation

Viv Mcwaters

For a long time facilitation has bothered me. I guess that’s a funny thing for a facilitator to say. I’ve never been comfortable with facilitation as a profession – it doesn’t exist on it’s own, or in isolation. Facilitation

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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.

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

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.

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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. We like to think of Open Space as an operating system that underpins our facilitation and consulting practices.

Creative Facilitation Workshop February 27 – Bringing meetings to life

Viv Mcwaters

Enough people have asked, so here it is – a one day intensive Creative Facilitation Workshop. I’ll be facilitating opportunities for you to learn a bunch of techniques that can transform your meetings. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

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.

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.

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 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?

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 in pictures

Viv Mcwaters

In March I was delighted to facilitate a workshop at the Malaysian Facilitators’ Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Facilitation in pictures is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

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

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

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. And it certainly wasn’t in a facilitated workshop. What’s all this got to do with facilitating? Facilitation Language

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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

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. The real challenge of facilitation is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au. Related posts: FACILITATING WITH CONFIDENCE! Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

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? Facilitation is a form of group leadership that focuses on group knowledge and interaction. A facilitator can provide ways to become un-stuck.

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

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. Creative Facilitation workshops in London Nov 6 & 7 is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au. The post Creative Facilitation workshops in London Nov 6 & 7 appeared first on vivmcwaters.com.au.

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

Viv Mcwaters

Occasionally, someone will ask me how I became a facilitator (by surprise, is the answer) and what they need to do to become a facilitator (do facilitation, is the answer). The group you are facilitating is central – they are the ‘heroes’ of the workshop.

Break down to break through

Viv Mcwaters

Yet many of our conventional group activities, especially in meetings, are designed to avoid breakdown, presumably as this is seen as some sort of failure of the process or of the facilitator/leader. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

A games-free zone?

Viv Mcwaters

The first was a request from a facilitator for ideas about working with a group on one of those super hot Melbourne days where it’s even too hot for the beach, the air sucks the moisture from you as soon as you step outside, and even the smallest exertion is best avoided.

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The tyranny of the explicit

Viv Mcwaters

Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Facilitation ImprovWe probably all know someone who constantly plays the excuse card.

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Action storming for tackling difficult people

Viv Mcwaters

” Leaving aside the question of what makes people ‘difficult’, or that one person’s ‘difficult’ might be another person’s ‘creative’, this is the second most common question we’re asked about facilitating groups.

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! I would come and work with you to find out what you need, design the meeting, facilitate it on the day. I’m experienced as a facilitator and nothing much fazes me.

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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. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. The Olympics are over for another four years.

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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. While this type of game can easily be lumped with all other games, especially by nay-sayers, it’s quite a different experience to playing games on-line (even multi-player games) or playing physical games that facilitate interactions and discovery.

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Asking for help

Viv Mcwaters

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. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Collaboration Community Facilitation Improv Leadership LearningI quite enjoy helping others.

How to do more of what works

Viv Mcwaters

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. Funny how things come together sometimes – an online course about decision-making in complexity and uncertainty, a book about being an astronaut, a workshop on social labs, and an exhibition on making animated movies.

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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. Gerry and The Pacemakers) – well, that’s Secret Facilitation Business! Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin.

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Travelling a different road

Viv Mcwaters

It is a post about unlearning, When I first started facilitating, and considering venturing out on my own, it was in the midst of the systems thinking era. Facilitation as integration In his book Mindsight, Dan Siegel writes about integration as.

Embracing reluctance cont.

Viv Mcwaters

Johnnie Moore and I are about to release an eBook on Creative Facilitation. Related posts: Confidence and the Goldilocks dilemma Confidence is a strange thing – it comes and goes, Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Facilitation

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? Probably not. Is it scary? Will I do it again? You bet. I tried something new is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au. Share this on Facebook.

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

Viv Mcwaters

All of which got me thinking about improvisers facilitating. I’ve learnt a lot about facilitating from improvisers (and birdwatching and mountain biking and – well,you get the picture). I wonder what improvisers (or anyone) can learn from facilitators?

On being a novice – again

Viv Mcwaters

When I’m training people in facilitation skills, it’s worth remembering what it’s like to be a learner, to be unsure, and a bit tentative. I’m learning a new way of facilitating ‘inhabitable’ games. Facilitation Learning

Better meetings

Viv Mcwaters

Related posts: Creative Facilitation Workshop February 27 – Bringing meetings to life Enough people have asked, so here it is – a. Creative Facilitation – the Book! Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Collaboration Facilitation

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. Related posts: Still learning about facilitation Here’s what I learnt about facilitating thanks to Melbourne Playback. 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. It reminds me to be true to what I have learned about facilitating. Great facilitation can have a huge impact on people. Facilitation