Creative Facilitation: Bring Your Meetings To Life
Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 9:30 am - Friday, 26 February 2016 at 3:00 pm (AEDT)
Learn practical and immediate ways to bring your meetings and events to life.
How can you get the best out of people at a meeting? How can you help people engage with the content, with ideas, and with each other? This two-day workshop will give you the skills to transform your meetings, and make the best use of people's time and energy. It complements the ideas in our book, Creative Facilitation, and offers hands-on learning in a small group.
Who should attend?
Anyone responsible for organising and leading meetings - whether it's internal, with stakeholders, for consultation, feedback or generating ideas. Anyone who is frustrated by boring, uneventful, and time-wasting meetings.
What can I expect?
You'll be surprised by the variety and depth of ways to engage people, and you'll experience for yourself what each feels like. You'll share your reactions and insights with other professionals grappling with the same issues that you are. You'll spend very little time sitting down, a lot of time doing; and while our appraoches are grounded in behavioural science, you won't be bombarded with theory. You'll leave with practical ideas to try at your next meeting or event.
You’ll participate in the processes and learn by doing. Tips and tricks will be shared throughout.
Limited to just 18 people, there will be lots of opportunities to share experiences, practice what you are learning and plan for lively meetings.
What topics do you cover?
Beyond the traditional 'facilitator' role - What does leading a meeting mean in today's workplaces? How to avoid the mistakes that traditional education teaches us about how people share, learn and interact.
Participatory approaches - Ways of sharing information, gathering ideas, and making decisions that helps a group connect and engage with the content. How to create an environment of open-ness and trust, and getting people to work together.
Beyond words - How to get beyond wordy, and worthy, sometimes meaningless, words to unearth what's really going on - using photos, action and story.
Bravo! You as a performer - While the group, and the processes you use, are important, what about you? How do you deal with challenges, stage fright, a crisis of confidence? The second day of this workshop focuses on YOU and gives you tips and tools to manage yourself, especially when things go wrong.
Viv McWaters worked as a journalist, and in communications, and community education, training and strategy development. She now specialises in facilitation and participatory evaluation and draws on her background in the natural sciences and arts. Viv help groups discover new approaches to the work that matters for them, and designs workshops, conferences and training to bring them to life.
Viv studied agricultural science at Longerenong Agricultural College, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies from RMIT University, and a Masters in Applied Science (Agriculture and Rural Development) from the University of Western Sydney.
Improvisation is a constant source of inspiration, as is nature, play and the surprising things that people say and do. Currently, Viv is researching the role of applied improvisation in preparing people to respond in uncertainty, particularly disaster response.
Viv has recently published a guide to Creative Facilitation with co-author, Johnnie Moore.
Praise for Creative Facilitation
"Highly recommended. It was a refreshing and energising experience, excellent for those both new to facilitation and those with more experience wanting to reconnect with the art of facilitation. Creative Facilitation reinforces a strengths-based approach to working with groups. Ego-less facilitation; masterfully designed and facilitated, thanks to Viv." Lindy Amos, Collective Possibilities
"It delivered! I feel refreshed, energised, equipped, inspired and confident following the workshop. I have very concrete tools to immediately implement." Genevieve Roberts, Consultant Facilitator
"The greatest part of the Creative Facilitation workshop is the learning space Viv creates. Not only do you learn her facilitation methods and theory, you get to live and breathe them by participating in activities and experiencing them for yourself. So valuable." Melanie Starr, Northcote Rental Housing Cooperative
“After attending too many trainings that resemble expired fruit, Viv’s facilitation was like eating fresh strawberries on a park bench. Forget about traditional concepts of learning, brainstorming or group discussions. This may be one of the most useful courses you will ever attend because it gives busy managers tools and ideas to facilitate groups, extract the best ideas and organise information in a captivating and effective way.” Stephen Harries, World Vision
The Small Print
GST of 10% is added to your registration fee.
Cost includes morning and afternoon tea, and lunch on both days.
We understand that sometimes plans change. If you find you need to cancel, we'll be sorry and will reimburse your registration fee less a 20% handling charge. We can't accept cancellations after February 18, 2016. Substitutions are okay.
When & Where
Viv McWaters - Creative Facilitation and Beyond the Edge
Bringing meetings to life. Doing work that matters. Connecting people and ideas.
Director and owner of Beyond the Edge, and co-founder of Creative Facilitartion, Viv McWaters, creates events that enable people to connect in more human ways.
Working with colleagues across the globe, she does event design, facilitation and training with an edge and a particular emphasis on creativity, spontaneity and responsiveness.