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.

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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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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

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 and equilibrium

Viv Mcwaters

Some beliefs and theories in facilitation have always bothered me. Is it time to rethink our systems of facilitation and let go of the unrealistic equilibrium states some clients yearn for? Facilitation and equilibrium is a post from: vivmcwaters.com.au. The post Facilitation and equilibrium appeared first on vivmcwaters.com.au. Related posts: Facilitation training workshops Back by popular demand is Creative Facilitation: Bring Your Meetings.

2014 165

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

2013 176

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.

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.

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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.

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

2012 141

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.

2013 141

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.

2014 109

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.

2013 176

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

2014 193

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

2012 141

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

2013 181

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?

2013 153

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.

2013 109

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

2012 151

Can I have some more work like this please?

Viv Mcwaters

The work was specifically to design and facilitate a long (12-day) training program with 35 people from 26 different countries, injecting facilitation and creating activities to support the content delivered by four subject matter experts. Collaboration Facilitation

2012 216

But what would you do instead?

Viv Mcwaters

Some people specialise in graphic facilitation. Related posts: Update on planning and pickles – or, pickled planning… I’ve now completed two of the five-day facilitation training that. So you want to be a facilitator?

2014 268

Passive or active?

Viv Mcwaters

Facilitation tips and tricks for newbies Today I was a guest with John James for a. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Facilitation General I used to edit other people’s writing. I remember one time editing a rather long, scientific article.

2014 225

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

2014 176

Greetings from Malawi

Viv Mcwaters

There’s a strong link with facilitation of course, and also evaluation. Bob says this: “ For me, the overlap between facilitation and action learning is large and important. This happens when team members become more facilitative in the leadership practices.”

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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.

2013 242

Believing it’s possible

Viv Mcwaters

Last week, through a series of quite unexpected circumstances, I found myself co-facilitating with someone I’d never met face-to-face, and with me arriving a day into the gig with a group where I knew some of them quite well and many whom I was meeting for the first time. I wasn’t called on to offer anything right then, but my co-facilitator offered it anyway. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Collaboration Facilitation

2012 122

Better meetings

Viv Mcwaters

If you’ve read our free on-line Creative Facilitation book you’ll find lots of similar ideas. Creative Facilitation Workshop February 27 – Bringing meetings to life Enough people have asked, so here it is – a. Collaboration Facilitation General

I’d like to spend the day with you – in October, in Melbourne

Viv Mcwaters

If you share an interest in facilitation you might want to come to one, or both, of these workshops. Creative Facilitation (especially if you’re curious about how creative facilitation differs from other forms of facilitation) on October 23rd in Melbourne. If you still don’t have your free copy of our Creative Facilitation eBook , go get it now. Creative Facilitation – the workshop! Facilitation Learning

2013 109

Planning workshops

Viv Mcwaters

And be prepared to throw the plan away when faced with the reality of facilitating a complex system aka a group of people. Related posts: Facilitation training workshops Back by popular demand is Creative Facilitation: Bring Your Meetings. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Facilitation

2014 139

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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What is the ONE huge mistake that organisers of community meetings make?

Viv Mcwaters

The facilitators were engaging and the presenters were knowledgable. I did smile to myself when the facilitator gave us some instructions for a discussion, and we did exactly as we pleased – it was still ‘on topic’ – just not what she had suggested we do.

2013 164

It doesn’t take much

Viv Mcwaters

That hoary (yes, I like to use archaic words sometimes, Facilitation tips and tricks for newbies Today I was a guest with John James for a. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts Plugin. Facilitation General It doesn’t take much to do things differently. It doesn’t take much to influence others. And it doesn’t take much to break out of entrenched habits. It just takes a nudge. Forget advice. Forget complicated instructions and planning.

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