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Creative Facilitation - Bringing Meetings to Life


Mon 1 May 2017, 9:30am–4:30pm

Where: Northcote Birkenhead Yacht Club, 1 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early bird until 1 March, plus GST: $400.00
  • Standard rate from 1 March, plus GST: $500.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: johnniell8

Meetings don't have to be boring or predictable. Effective meetings - consultations, training, workshops - can change the whole culture of your organisation.

Get more out of every meeting or workshop.
Learn new techniques for creating engagement.
Build your presence and performance as a facilitator.

Not training-as-usual.

We 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"

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

We’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.

We'll share methods I've learnt and made over the years to bring that model to life, including:
- Cafe processes for connecting and conversation
- Full circle and other methods to speed up feedback and avoid the agony of “creeping death” reporting from breakouts
- Lineups - 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. 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 technique. 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.

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.

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