Facilitating in the Groan Zone

Facilitating in the Groan Zone

You know how it goes. The meeting starts and everyone is excited, apprehensive, curious. Problems are identified and the way forward is sought. Ideas bubble up and are captured on flip charts or Post-it notes. This divergent thinking is exciting and rewarding. Then it...
Orange Scrabble

Orange Scrabble

When facilitating meetings or trainings, I love using exercises that stimulate thinking in different ways, and which are fun for participants. Here’s one I invented!   It’s good for evaluation, brainstorming or recalling information from previous sessions,  you can...
Saving dogs to support rural communities

Saving dogs to support rural communities

As a consultant, it’s my privilege to help clients with projects all over the world. But it’s not too often that I get to see the actual impact on the ground. I’ve just come back from Kenya, where I was helping World Animal Protection develop its global strategy on...
World Peace and How to Achieve It

World Peace and How to Achieve It

One of the key reasons that campaigns lose is simply not knowing how to win, by setting off on a campaign with no clear path or vision about how the actual change will happen. In fact, for some campaigns it’s not even clear what change looks like! I recently ran a...
Listening

Listening

Listening is one of the most powerful tools in the facilitation kit – hearing what’s been said, what isn’t being said and the spaces in between. However, it’s not just the facilitator who needs to listen – sometimes the participants in a meeting need some help really...