Creative Facilitation: Bringing Meetings and Teams to Life

King's College, Cambridge, July 5th and 6th 2018

Led by Johnnie Moore, partner in Creative Facilitation.

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Meetings don't have to be boring or predictable. Effective meetings - consultations, trainings, workshops - can change the culture of your organisation. With greater trust and candour, teams of people work better and more creatively.

Get more out of every meeting or workshop
Learn new techniques for creating engagement

Build your presence and performance as a facilitator

Practising together

I don't believe in facilitation-as-usual and this won't be training-as-usual. There will be no powerpoint, little use of a flip chart and no "turn-to-page-94-of-the-manual".

There will be movement, surprise, emotion, engagement and fun. We learn our most powerful lessons from experience, not from lectures. The greatest value in workshops comes from sharing experiences, rather than taking notes from the "sage on the stage". We'll learn together from shared practice.

There will be two threads over the two days: techniques and performance.

Techniques

Viv McWaters and I talking about our approach

I’ll share a simple model of networks to show how you can shift the way you think about meetings and workshops. Move away from hierarchy towards more creative, peer-to-peer engagement

I'll  share methods I've learnt and made over the years to bring that model to life, including:

Cafe processes for connecting and conversation 

Open Space - a brilliant participatory process - and the pitfalls to avoid when hosting it

Full circle and other methods to speed up feedback and avoid the agony of “creeping death” reporting from breakouts

Bringing scenarios to life in three dimensions

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Line ups - a simple but brilliant way to add movement and surprise to finding out more about what people think and feel about topics and each other

Playful approaches to serious topics, situations and people

Performance

When you facilitate a meeting you are on-stage, and people are watching. The pressure to perform is high. If you can be present and spontaneous, the chances are you will set the tone for the whole event, bringing it to life. If you can’t do this, the best processes in the world won’t save you.

Everyone has been facilitated before and most of us can tell when we are being techniqued. It’s your performance as a facilitator that helps you avoid cliches and help participants avoid falling into cynicism.

We’ll use a range of  activities and challenges to help you become more aware of your performance and how to become a more engaging version of yourself.

Presence: it’s not about showing off or making yourself the centre of attention. 

Avoiding teaching trance and plenary vortex

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Getting braver with difficult conversations and people

Embracing surprise: some of the best things I've done when facilitating have been spontaneous, often in response to mistakes and curve-balls. The ability to respond well is like a muscle we can build with practice.

Who should attend?

Anyone responsible for organising and leading meetings - whether it's internal, with stakeholders, for consultation, training, feedback or innovation. Anyone who is frustrated by boring, uneventful, and time-wasting meetings.

More about my approach

I'll be building on the ideas in the two books I wrote with my partner, Viv McWaters. Creative Facilitation is our 73 page manual on facilitation. Nothing is Written explores eight principles for creative learning. They capture a lot of the spirit of how we work. You can get them free here.

I'm going to share 20 years of experience of bringing aliveness to teams in meetings and workshops. I've worked with every kind of organisation, in all sorts of places from Scotland to the Solomon Islands.

Testimonials

Previous participants share their experiences. 

“Our training experience with Johnnie was a game changer. The team’s idea of what effective facilitation is, got turned on its head. We walked away from two very valuable days with tools and a perspective that has changed the way we approach meetings and facilitation workshops. This was the best training session we’ve had in a long time.”— Cheryl Ader-Dunne, Executive Director of Strategy, Leopard, Denver Colorado

“I’ve learned pretty much everything I know about creative facilitation from Johnnie over the years. His approach to training is intelligent, fun and very engaging. Highly recommended.”— Roland Harwood, co-founder, 100%Open 

Booking Details

Early bird rate extended to 16th April: £750 plus VAT. After this, the rate increases to £850 plus VAT. 

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Maximum 20 participants. Price includes refreshments and lunch on both days. 10am to 4.30pm both days.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations up until 30 April - refund less £150 fee.  Cancellations between May and June 5th - 50% refund. From June 6th, places are non-refundable but you can transfer your place to another person.

Accommodation: We can arrange accommodation at King's for you at a rate of £98.50 per night including breakfast  - indicate your interest on the booking form and we'll confirm details. Alternatively, there are many hotels and Air BnB locations, or you may like B&B in one of the other Cambridge colleges via UniversityRooms

More information about venue and travel to Cambridge.

Email Johnnie or call him on 07973 414263 with any questions.