strategic planning

Give Gain toGether: A facilitation technique and three words for 2021

Give Gain toGether: A facilitation technique and three words for 2021

As the new year starts, I am enjoying social media posts by colleagues who choose one word as a focal point for 2021. I think that this approach is worthwhile and motivational. As a slight twist, I offer three words

Great design is more important than ever for facilitation.

Great design is more important than ever for facilitation.

Online, in-person, hybrid … oh, my! With COVID-19 continuing to change the way that people gather in meetings, workshops, and sessions, facilitators need to be more diligent than ever about design. Here’s a guide I prepared for myself last year

Learning while “Zooming” over seven weeks

Learning while “Zooming” over seven weeks

I recently facilitated a seven-part series about nonprofit board governance and teamwork for a 12-member board of directors. The platform was Zoom, the sessions were 1½ hour each held weekly over seven weeks, and most of the participants had only

Virtual Idea 3: Active listening in a virtual session

Virtual Idea 3: Active listening in a virtual session

I love using an active listening activity in an in-person facilitated meeting, workshop, or session. Active listening is a quick, yet powerful, activity as it gives participants a way to collect their thoughts about a topic and then express them.