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Leanne Hughes from the First Time Facilitator blog reveals all of her group facilitation, training and workshop tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve the next time you step out in front of a group.Discover how you can tweak elements of your facilitation style, or incorporate new techniques to engage your audience and leave with lasting impact (and 5-star feedback). Icebreakers, leadership, group interaction, preparation, games, conflict, props, flip-charts, delivery, voice, body language, confidence, discussions and everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to deliver and connect with your audience, every single time.

First Time Facilitator Leanne Hughes

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Leanne Hughes from the First Time Facilitator blog reveals all of her group facilitation, training and workshop tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve the next time you step out in front of a group.Discover how you can tweak elements of your facilitation style, or incorporate new techniques to engage your audience and leave with lasting impact (and 5-star feedback). Icebreakers, leadership, group interaction, preparation, games, conflict, props, flip-charts, delivery, voice, body language, confidence, discussions and everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to deliver and connect with your audience, every single time.

    You live a long time. You never stop learning with Truett Black (Episode 184)

    You live a long time. You never stop learning with Truett Black (Episode 184)

    The beauty of having a repeat client over many years is that you build a strong, trusting relationship. The not-so-beautiful part is the pressure we put on ourselves to create new content, experiences, and activities to keep our workshops fresh!
    Truett Black has worked as a trainer, speaker, and executive coach since 2005 and in this episode, he shares how he reinvigorates his approach, and where he gets new inspiration for new activities.
    As you can tell from this conversation, Truett LOVES this work. He grew up in the United States and has lived in greater China since 2001. He is based in Taipei and frequently consults, coaches, and facilitates workshops in Shanghai,Hong Kong, Singapore, and other cities in Asia. 
    Having this background, I had to ask him how he gets wonderful conversations when he delivers sessions across Asia.  True shares some excellent, practical strategies if you find work over there - stuff that I wish I heard a few years ago for sure.
    He also shares his self-talk before starting a workshop, and how he got started in running his own facilitation business (even when some people advised him otherwise!)
    True’s primary expertise is in leadership and team development, influence and communication, organizational development, and executive coaching. He is bilingual in Mandarin and English, and also has five kids.

    Reach out to Truett and let him know your thoughts!
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    • 39 min
    Let's use our facilitation superpowers on ourselves! with Kate Peardon (Episode 183)

    Let's use our facilitation superpowers on ourselves! with Kate Peardon (Episode 183)

    This week, I’m excited to introduce you to a fellow facilitator in south-east Queensland, Australia: Kate Peardon from Zenith Journey.
    In this conversation, I throw many questions at Kate because I’m fascinated in her experience using visuals in her work as a way to form connections, increase memory retention and even decrease anxiety (particularly when talking about a heated topic!).
    The theme of unconscious incompetence as that bottom rung on the ladder of learning also is a common theme in this chat, as we realise that we’re always works in progress and we simply don’t know, what we don’t know!

    We also discuss that failing art at high school is not an excuse for using visuals in your work (that’s a note for Leanne!), how Kate uses visuals to boost the engagement in her sessions (and on herself to boost memory retention), and how to balance that line between having too much structure in your session v being more looser and in the moment.
    A business professional and coach, Kate specialises in unleashing brilliance in people, teams and companies.  In her career, Kate worked to the executive role of People and Development Director at Wiley & Co, and is now in a unique position as both an internal and external catalyst.  
    Personally, in February 2018, Kate's life took an unexpected twist, and she shares that story in this episode - Kate has been rehabilitating and rewiring her neural-pathways, and life, using all her knowledge and experience in neuroscience, positive psychology, habit theory and performance coaching.

    About today's guest: Kate Peardon
    Kate helps executives to understand and grow their wisdom in leadership, so that they have a positive impact on themselves, their team, team, family, community, and leave a legacy on the greater world around them.
    With more interests that a term deposit; and more degrees than a thermometer, Kate is an eternal student.  University education consists of a Bachelor of Business Management (Australia), an MBA (France/Australia), and an Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy (Spain). She is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. A musician at heart she’s studied Musical Theater and Performance at National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).  

    For fun, you'll find Kate relaxing at any piano she finds (probably belting out a tune) and cycling at sunrise. 
    Resources mentioned in this episode
    Visit Kate’s website: Zenith JourneyWant to get better at your visuals? Me too! I’ve signed up for Kate’s online program, Rockstar Visuals Connect with Kate Peardon on LinkedInFollow Kate’s work on InstagramAbout your host: Leanne Hughes
    Leanne Hughes is an international facilitator, speaker and coach who loves creating unpredictable workshop experiences, that predictably work. 
    She combines her experience in Marketing, with her education in Human Resources and Psychology, to help leaders create engaging everyday experiences - that are so contagious they scale across teams, functions and regions.
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    • 40 min
    Saying YES to unpredictable workshop experiences that open up extraordinary opportunities with Khoury N Ashooh (Episode 182)

    Saying YES to unpredictable workshop experiences that open up extraordinary opportunities with Khoury N Ashooh (Episode 182)

    This week, I’m delighted to bring you an interview with my guest, who took up an amazing opportunity, that opened up insane learning and facilitation opportunities.
    The example that he shares in the episode of SAYING YES is so encouraging, and I hope that after you listen, anything you’ve been unsure about, not sure that you’re really ready - well, I’d say, jump in! Give it a go!
    My guest today is Khoury N Ahoosh ,the founder of Andina Advisory.
    Khoury is a bilingual executive - and he’ll share that language is what provided some of the amazing opportunities he shares on today’s show.
    During his university studies, he moved to Mexico to learn Spanish and to live the USA-Mexico relationship from a different perspective. This experience awakened an attraction to difference and change, a belief in the power of relationships and humane instincts, and a passion for Latin America and the world—all of which has shaped who Khoury is today and his contributions to clients.
    In this episode you will learn:
    How to adapt from being an external consultant, to working in a leadership team inside an organizationHow to accept, then work with with unpredictable opportunities that open up the doors to new experiencesHow learning a new language can differentiate you, and help you get those opportunitiesThe importance of being attentive, and being a great observer in your workshopsKhoury moved to Santiago, Chile, in 2018. In addition to his work with clients across the region, he has been a mentor for Promociona Chile and is a member of Job4Women, both organizations seeking to increase the participation of women in senior roles and in the workforce in general. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Mining & Metals Future of Work Taskforce.
    His career in facilitation began through the colleagues he started to work with in the global consulting firm he joined just three years after undergrad, doing executive assessment and executive development work. 
    He went into a double career transition, first into a Chilean copper mining company as a senior HR leadership team looking after organizational effectiveness. After two years in the company, he founded his own consulting firm in Chile.
    Khoury travelled in 15 countries on six continents working across cultures, partnering with leaders and teams to bring change in organizations. 
    Don't forget to join The Flipchart community on FacebookLet's connect on LinkedInSee what services I provide over at leannehughes.comSupport the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)Support the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)

    • 29 min
    What I’ve learnt from hosting 3.5 hour virtual workshops with Leanne Hughes (Episode 181)

    What I’ve learnt from hosting 3.5 hour virtual workshops with Leanne Hughes (Episode 181)

    12 months ago, there is no way I would have committed to delivering 3.5 hour virtual workshops. I thought it was virtually impossible to keep up my own energy and engagement for that length of time.
    This year however, I worked with a client on revamping our 3 day leadership program.  We sliced it to 4 x 3.5 hour modules. I’ve been delivering these sessions over the last few months, and I’ve learnt a ton from the experience.
    That’s what I’m sharing this week on the podcast!
    Don't forget to join The Flipchart community on FacebookLet's connect on LinkedInSee what services I provide over at leannehughes.comSupport the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)About your host: Leanne Hughes
    Leanne Hughes is an international facilitator, speaker and coach who loves creating unpredictable workshop experiences, that predictably work. 
    She combines her experience in Marketing, with her education in Human Resources and Psychology, to help leaders create engaging everyday experiences - that are so contagious they scale across teams, functions and regions.
    Leanne has facilitated leadership, onboarding and team-development workshops across Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, and Singapore and believes in a strengths-centred approach to learning and development.  She has over 14 years’ of experience across a range of industries including mining, government and tourism sectors.
    She’s the host of the First Time Facilitator podcast and was a finalist in the 2018 Australian Learning Impact awards for Learning Professional of the Year.

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    • 30 min
    How to listen + unlock ideas from 10,000 workshop participants with Slido's Chief Meeting Designer, Juraj Holub (Episode 180)

    How to listen + unlock ideas from 10,000 workshop participants with Slido's Chief Meeting Designer, Juraj Holub (Episode 180)

    When I ran my masterclass on booking out your workshops recently, I used a variety of tech tools to gain interaction from the live audience.  

    I asked you to share your responses in chat, and also to jump into a tool called Slido, to ask your questions, upvote the ones you liked, share where you were joining us from, which facilitator business challenges you had, and more. 

    It’s such a fun tool to use, and I’ve been leaning on it over the last 12 months as I deliver corporate workshops online.
    So, I’m very excited to share a delightful conversation with a delightful person who is Employee #8 at Slido.  I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news but this company has just blown up in an amazing way and were acquired by Cisco last December.
    Today’s guest is Juraj Holub, and he is a Chief Meeting Designer. 

    Juraj is an executive team member at Slido which has made over 800,000 events interactive. He works with conferences like Web Summit or SXSW and Fortune 500 companies helping them transform their meetings and events. He also crossed Iceland by bicycle.
    He was also first marketing person to accelerate the company's product-led growth and position Slido as a thought leader in the industry.
    When you talk to someone who is like the face of the company, you kinda expect them to go on about how great their work is, how great the tech tool is (and it really is awesome technology) but what I love most about what Juraj shares today, is how their company became better because they listened to their clients.

    They sought out amazing facilitators around the world, and asked how THEY would use their tool in a meeting, or a workshop. 
    Juraj is also super humble, fun, and energetic, you’ll love this conversation.
    About today’s guest: Juraj Holub
    During his 7+ years at Slido, Juraj has been part of an amazing journey, helping to grow the company form $100.000 to eight-figures in revenue. He'd had an incredible career trajectory, joining as a content specialist, then he moved to New York City as a marketing manager, later becoming a marketing director and was finally promoted to the VP of brand and communications while being on Slido's executive team.
    Over the years, he’s  spoken at dozens of conferences in the US, UK and EU sharing thought leadership on meeting design, conversational presenting and audience interaction.
    In this episode you will learn:
    How you can use tech tools to give your audience a voiceSome fun question you can ask to build a strong culture in your company and recognise the silent heroes in your businessThe importance of focusing on the success of your customersHow Juraj learns the most about leading a remote team - note, it’s not really from any bookThat beautiful blend of marketing and facilitation - my favourite combination…And of course, a couple fun questions you can use w/ Slido during your next event!Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Slido appConnect with Juraj Holub on LinkedInWhat do our meetings look like in 2021? Grab the Slido 2021 Trends ReportVideo: The Essentials of Running Hybrid Meetings with Leanne Hughes | MASTERCLASSSlido’s Meeting Zombies video (hilarious - I love it!)Leanne’s article for Slido: Facilitating Great Meetings: 10+ Tips That WorkSupport the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)

    • 33 min
    Stop! Stop doing the work for your group with Paul McGregor (Episode 179)

    Stop! Stop doing the work for your group with Paul McGregor (Episode 179)

    I’m excited to release today’s chat with a friend who I met through my private Show.Up community last year.  We haven’t spoken in 2021 until today’s conversation and I was just amazed and proud of the progress he (and his company) has made, it’s astonishing!


    Today’s guest is Paul McGregor from Business Lab. He’s based in NZ and is a Collaboration Broker (cool phrase!), helping to transform how organisations work with their community. 


    If you think about it, this is a stunning business value proposition because every organisation has a community - whether that's a council and its residents; A government agency and its citizens; or a business association and its members. By harnessing the power of your community, your organisation can achieve more than if you simply go it alone.


    Paul is also the Host of the Beyond Consultation Podcast and in this chat, he shares how he started up a podcast 12 months ago, releasing episodes every 2 weeks, and he shares that having a podcast has created hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting work for his company - HOW GOOD!


    When I think of Paul, I think of progress, in today’s episode you’ll hear his candid story about his facilitation journey, both as someone exploring it as a career, and also how he navigates the business side of the work as well.


    We have similar backgrounds in how we discovered the work of a facilitator, by being in environments where strangers came together, and walked away as best of mates!


    He also shares his lessons learnt from being a first time facilitator, some of his facilitation failures, and shifting the expectations (being okay with giving his group the space to share, to listen, RATHER than having that urge to get in and solve, drive a solution right then and there).


    This conversation is brilliantly honest, and Im sure you’ll learn a lot from Paul’s progress as a facilitator and business partner!


    About today’s guest: Paul McGregor


    People describe Paul as an insightful guide through complex issues. 


    Paul hosts the Beyond Consultation Podcast, is the creator of the Engagement Canvas and the author of Virtually Productive - your guide to facilitating virtual meetings that create change outside the meeting room.


    His career began in public policy with the Ministry of Justice before a life-changing role with Lifehack, a systems-level initiative for supporting the wellbeing of young New Zealanders.  He then co-managed the Nelson branch of Literacy Aoteroa before being drawn to the variety of Business Lab’s work.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:


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    • 42 min

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