Category Archives: Facilitation

  • Threading a Theme Throughout

    Posted on June 20, 2019 by Carolyn in Creativity, Facilitation, Meeting Design.

    One of the challenges I love when working with clients is how to help them weave a cohesive theme throughout their meeting. For a recent Board of Directors retreat, my client wanted to focus on bringing a new team together while accomplishing required agenda items. When discussing a group activity, the venue offered up tickets […]

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  • Be Prepared – Facilitators Ready for Anything

    Posted on September 2, 2016 by Carolyn in Facilitation.

    [This is the third part in a three part series – hope you’ve enjoyed reading it! Here are links to Part 1 & Part 2 if you’ve missed them] Part of being prepared is being flexible. It’s a trait shared by meeting professionals (both planners and suppliers), speakers and meeting facilitators. As a facilitator, part […]

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  • Complaining Not Welcome Here!

    Posted on June 2, 2016 by Carolyn in Facilitation, Leadership, Teamwork.

    In a recent blog I discussed the Improv principle of “yes, and” vs. “yes, but” and how by changing one word you can change the tone of your response and the reaction of the person you are talking to. This time I’d like to focus on removing whining and complaining from our repertoire. It’s not […]

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  • Guide or Guru

    Posted on April 1, 2014 by Carolyn in Facilitation, Leadership.

    I recently attended a meeting of the local chapter of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) to learn some new tips & techniques that I could use with my facilitation clients.  The presenter talked about many facilitation principles and one that resonated with me was the idea that a facilitator should be the “guide on […]

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