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10 tips for running effective online focus groups

These days it can be difficult to run traditional focus groups, where people physically sit around a table and share their thoughts about a topic. In this post-COVID-19 world, many of us are concerned that the others in the room might share more than just their ideas with us, and we might catch COVID-19 ourselves! Or perhaps our organisation’s policies have changed and they’re much more likely to ask… Read more »10 tips for running effective online focus groups

Flipped learning… how to get people to do the pre-work

We’ve talked about the benefits of using a flipped learning approach before. It can save time during the session, allow deeper exploration of the topic and drive more effective engagement. But the greatest risk is that not everyone does the pre-work. In today’s episode, we’re going to suggest some ways to encourage everyone to do it. If our participants do not do the pre-work, it can make facilitating the… Read more »Flipped learning… how to get people to do the pre-work

Stop brainstorming… use the 6-3-5 method instead

What’s the best way to generate new ideas? Hopefully it won’t surprise you to know that it isn’t brainstorming, as we touched on that in an earlier episode. Having lots of people shouting out ideas over the top of each other may seem exciting, but brainstorming doesn’t generate the greatest number of useful ideas. In this episode we’re going to introduce you to a better way of generating ideas—the… Read more »Stop brainstorming… use the 6-3-5 method instead

Five useful facilitation resources

Sometimes as Enablers of change we just need a few more ideas to help us plan, design and run our activities. Where do we go when we want more resources and ideas for facilitating? In previous episodes we’ve given you our top five journals, journal articles, blogs, and podcasts. These resources aren’t any of those and so are a bit of an eclectic mix around facilitation and running small… Read more »Five useful facilitation resources

Why hybrid events are often horrible!

Are you thinking of running a hybrid event where you have attendees both online and physically present in one or more venues? You might think it will give you the best of both worlds, but in this episode we will show you why it is often the worst of both worlds—and what you might be able to do about that!  In agriculture our perspective is often that hybrids are usually… Read more »Why hybrid events are often horrible!

Using jellyfish to help keep our meetings on-track

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

Put some bite into your facilitation with FIDO

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

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?