How can we keep the meeting we’re facilitating on-track when everyone keeps going off-track? This is a common problem with both physical and online meetings, and can really derail your progress. In this episode we’re going to talk about jellyfish, those floating blobs of jelly in the ocean, and show you how you can use them to help keep your meeting focused and have some fun too! We all… Read more »Using jellyfish to help keep our meetings on-track
How do you go about designing a robust yet flexible facilitation process? Hopefully you’re not just cobbling together a few random activities, like brainstorming and using dot stickers to vote on the best ideas, and hoping this will do. In case you need some structure and process, in this episode we’re going to explore the FIDO process and help put some bite into your facilitation! Bob Dick wrote the… Read more »Put some bite into your facilitation with FIDO
The work Denise is currently involved with in New Zealand is centred on small group based extension. Small groups are those around the 10 to 20 people mark. Definitely no more, because then it is not a small group and people have the chance to hide and not engage! But what do you do, if your enabling change activities typically involve large groups? That’s more like 100 people, plus… Read more »How to manage engagement in large groups
How do you stop Post-it Notes from curling up and falling off the wall you’ve just stuck them to? Post-it Notes are a common tool in the enablers of change toolkit. Yet it appears many of us do not know how to use them correctly. In today’s episode we’re going to share with you a really simple way to overcome this problem. While Post-it Notes have been around for… Read more »How to stop Post-it Notes curling and falling off
What’s the best way of designing a learning activity for adults? Whether it be a workshop, an online forum or even a podcast? Surely there are some principles we could follow? As an enabler of change you may have heard about the six adult learning principles and wondered what they were. In today’s episode we’re going to explore these principles. For those of you new to extension, and even… Read more »What are the six adult learning principles?
In this episode we’re going to explore a way of finding out some information about your audience while getting them moving. This can work in large or small groups and is a great way of mixing people up and increasing the energy in the room. It’s a really simple exercise, and done well, it can get people really engaged, asking questions and having some fun. Best of all, you… Read more »Sociometry: finding out about your audience and get them moving!
Today we’re going to explore using de Bono’s six thinking hats to unravel our thinking. It’s a simple but effective way to help groups deal with complex situations and be able to move forward with their decision making. John remembers meeting Edward de Bono back in 2006 when he ran a workshop about lateral thinking in Brisbane. It was a great workshop and he kept everyone interested the whole day… Read more »Unravel your thinking with de Bono’s six thinking hats
As enablers of change, running events is our bread and butter. Whether these be face-to-face, or online, we can tend to establish a routine. Then without us realising, the groove can become a rut and the effectiveness of the events reduce. Would you like to reverse this? Here are our top five tips for helping them really hit the mark. Tip number one is a simple one – what is… Read more »Five tips for running an effective event
In this blog post we will introduce you to a tool that is seriously cool and very useful if you’re working as an enabler of change – the sticky wall! These are amazing! The sticky wall means you can use A4 and A5 sized pages, without the need to use the expensive Post-it notes. Of course you still ask people to keep their ideas short and use markers so they’re… Read more »How to build a sticky wall
Today we’re going to explore the age old question of content versus process when you’re facilitating an event or a group of people. We’ve often heard debate around this as an enabler of change working in extension! Some people are adamant that you have to know the content, and others are equally adamant that it’s the process that helps enable change. But first of all, let’s make sure we know… Read more »Which is more important: content or process?