Creative Facilitation: "A whole new mindset"
Cambridge November 8th and 9th
Led by Johnnie Moore, partner in Creative Facilitation. Booking is now open for November.
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
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.
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 ways to to bring that model to life, including:
Varied conversational processes for connecting and conversation
Full circle and other methods to speed up feedback and avoid the agony of “creeping death” reporting from breakouts
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
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.
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
Getting braver with difficult conversations and people
Organic facilitation building capacity to change processes and create new ones in response to what's happening live in the room
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.
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've worked with every kind of organisation, in all sorts of places from Scotland to the Solomon Islands.
Price including refreshments and lunch each day: Early bird £750 until August 31st (then £850) plus VAT
Maximum 20 participants. Price includes refreshments and lunch on both days. Coffee is served at 9.30am and the sessions run from 10am to 4.30pm both days.
Cancellation policy: Cancellations up until 31 August - refund less £150 fee. Cancellations between September 1 and October 8th - 50% refund. From October 8th, places are non-refundable but you can transfer your place to another person.
Accommodation: There are lots of hotel and Air BnB locations in Cambridge, or you may like B&B in one of the other Cambridge colleges via UniversityRooms.
Email Johnnie or call him on 07973 414263 with any questions.