Facilitation

How to manage engagement in large groups

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 to stop Post-it Notes curling and falling off

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 are the six adult learning principles?

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?

Sociometry: finding out about your audience and get them moving!

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 get… Read more »Sociometry: finding out about your audience and get them moving!

Unravel your thinking with de Bono’s six thinking hats

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

Five tips for running an effective event

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

How to build a sticky wall

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

Which is more important: content or process?

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?

Cheap but effective name tags

It’s almost embarrassing to write this blog post! Such a simple thing… but we’ve seen this done so badly over the years, we thought it was worth putting a short post together. What are we talking about? Name tags of course! We’ve all been to a workshop or conference, and had the dubious pleasure of not remembering the name of the person we’re chatting to and finding it almost impossible… Read more »Cheap but effective name tags