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Facilitation techniques for meetings and workshops

Apr 15, 2015 · Greater London, United Kingdom

Your work involves collaborating with people from different disciplines and backgrounds. You can’t make others take part—they’ll only choose to if it meets their needs. To understand those needs you can learn to use facilitation, coaching, and listening techniques. Practising these techniques will enable more trust and harmony in your work. 

Come to this meetup if you want to:

•  learn techniques to inspire people to work with you (including facilitation, coaching, and listening)

• reflect on how to apply these techniques to your work

• connect with other people who want to inspire teamwork

At the meetup you’ll hear a case study about using facilitation to unite people around a common goal. You’ll also take part in an informal workshop to learn facilitation techniques you can apply to your work tomorrow.

Note: the venue is limited to 25 people. Be sure to register early to secure your spot.

How to use facilitation: in conversation with Elizabeth McGuane

There are two ways to run a workshop. The first is to start with an outcome - or at least a strong opinion - in mind. You know where your audience needs to go and how they should get there. The other way is to let the group make its own decisions and find their own way to an answer. This sounds scarier, and it is.

In this session, we’ll talk to Elizabeth McGuane about how she’s used facilitation in workshops, why it works (and when it hasn’t), from her work on thorny content problems with large organisations and small startups.

As Elizabeth says: “It’s definitely scary. I’m not sure going into the workshop that they’re going to like where they end up. But I’ve found it allows me to respond in the moment, and focus my time on facilitation - making people feel included, and making them feel like they own their solution - and hopefully, will take their ideas forward.”

Elizabeth is an independent content strategist and writer based in London. She’s @emcguane on twitter.

Jonathan Kahn: facilitation techniques for meetings and workshops

You’re in a meeting again. You know the type: people are talking but you’re not getting anywhere. It seems like people are fighting for control of the conversation, trying to assert their authority and protect their territory.  It can get to the point where you avoid meetings and try to work around them, even though your work can only succeed when you're collaborating with others.

What’s going on here? Whatever the official agenda, most meetings are dominated by status transactions—attempts to find a pecking order between people in the room. The arguing happens when people fight for the same spot. This is toxic for teamwork, because it decreases trust.

If you’d like to change this situation, you can disrupt the standard group dynamic by creating a space where people’s normal status doesn’t apply: a safe space. In this session you’ll practise techniques that will help you to facilitate meetings and workshops so that people work together and find common purpose.

Jonathan organises #dareconf—the people skills conference, and the London Agile Content Meetup.


•  6:00pm Arrive promptly so you have time to buy a drink from the café

•  6:15pm Why are we here and what do we want?

•  6:45pm How to use facilitation: in conversation with Elizabeth McGuane

•  7:15pm Break, drinks/snacks available from the café

•  7:45pm Jonathan Kahn: facilitation techniques for meetings and workshops

•  8:30pm Closing activity

•  8:45pm Informal networking and drinks

•  9:00pm Event ends

Our venue: Impact Hub Kings Cross

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