Online Facilitation

What’s Your Facilitation Like?

Facilitators worldwide have been celebrating their trade in #FacWeek : there have been all kinds of online and in-person events to mark the occasion, bringing together new groupings of people who call themselves facilitators.  They’ve revealed to me how, we’re still working out our shared identity. Facilitation has some overlap with participative training, and some …

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The 3 Questions You Must Ask Before Choosing An Online Sticky-Note Tool

Facilitators love sticky-notes! Colourful, accessible, flexible… and temporary. They allow groups to capture and manipulate their thoughts in an accessible, interactive way. So when facilitators start to work online – assuming that they’re able to see and hear everyone clearly, and have video breakout rooms to play with – it’s sticky notes (aka Post-Its) that …

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Are Your Meetings Metastasising? Here’s The Cure

Meetings tend to proliferate as organisations grow, but in-the-room ones are limited by… rooms. As our meetings go remote, and that physical constraint is removed, it seems the number of meetings can quickly get out of control.  That’s just maths, apparently. (Read more on this in my recent blog post.)  As the time available for …

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Stuck in ANOTHER Remote Meeting? Here’s Why

If, like many of the people I work with, you’re wondering why your calendar is packed with back-to-back remote meetings, this post is for you. It turns out there’s a scientific explanation. Let me share the details. First, we need to understand why most meetings happen: At the most basic level, teams meet to quickly …

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Hot Tips For Less-Horrid Hybrid Meetings

Because I live my work life in remote meetings, it’s easy for me to fail to understand what it’s like for office-based colleagues. And the reverse is also true.  A large team I worked with recently were half head-office-based, half remote-based (mainly working from home). In our workshop, they learned a lot about each other’s …

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