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.
How to get people to show up to your workshops (without saying "It's mandatory") with Leanne Hughes
“It’s mandatory” - I hear those words, and I involuntarily shudder. Is that what we want our participants feeling before they arrive to our workshops?
We really can’t control whether someone decides to come along to our workshop, or not, however we can absolutely do our best to influence whether someone wants to come along, and how they feel about joining our session.
In this week’s episode, I share 15 tips and strategies you can use as preventative strategies to bolster your workshop attendance rate.
It’s problematic when people don’t show up. We know it affects group dynamics, the way you’ve structured your session. If you’ve booked an in-person event, you’re paying for facilities/catering that no longer applies. If you’re external, you might even have to reschedule your dates, which can delay other business for you.
I’ve also been the participant who hasn’t shown up. And while life happens, there are numerous other reasons I haven’t showed up to events in the past: I don’t have skin in the game, the session isn’t relevant for me right now, I’ll watch the recording later, I just don’t feel like it… The list goes on!
What can we do about it? Listen in. But my #1 tip is to have a Marketing mindset in the lead up to your workshops. It’s an event, treat it like one!
These strategies are applicable whether you work internally, you’re part of the Learning and Development team, or you’re an external consultant.
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Connecting, empowering and leading groups in the outdoors with Phil Brown
When did I realise I loved talking about group dynamics? When I was 16, at a netball camp, we did a team-building high ropes course together.
Btw - I hate high ropes, but I loved the debriefing part afterwards!
The reason I share this, is because this week’s guest Phil Brown works for an adventure company called High 5 Adventure, and he joined the High 5 team as a lead trainer in 2015.
Phil will get you thinking about a lot of things:
What happens when we graduate from being a first time facilitator, where’s the career progression?
How do we define what we do to people who are outside our industry?
And he also shares a really great way of explaining work related to teams, and breaking these into three categories: Team bonding, team building and team development. Clever!
Originally from England, Phil first came to the US in 2008 working as an Outdoor Educator and Challenge Course Coordinator at the New York YMCA Camp. It was here that his love for the Adventure Education field was ignited, discovering the joy and rewards playing and teaching inside and out alongside such a varied range of people, all who benefit from the experience.
His work in the realms of summer camp, outdoor education, and physical education give him an invaluable perspective for working with of High 5’s varied clientele.
Phil believes that each experience with every group member is a learning opportunity for him, no matter who he’s working with. He also has a podcast called Vertical Playpen, sharing tips on adventure and experiential learning.
Connect with Phil Brown!
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Bringing swagger into your workshops with Leslie Ehm
Things that are easier said than done: “Just be yourself!” Why is this so hard?
Here are a couple of reasons:
It’s sometimes hard to see the label when we’re inside the bottle and this creates so We’re scared to share who we really are with the world, in case we get rejected... My guest this week, Leslie Ehm helps people discover their uniqueness and release it into the world.
As a Former TV host and advertising Creative Director turned training guru, Leslie Ehm has spent decades travelling the globe with her award-winning company Combustion, working with executives and teams from top organizations like Google, Disney, Pepsico, TD Bank, Uber, HBO, Lenovo, and more.
Fuelled by her unrelenting passion for developing human potential, Leslie is now a Swagger Coach, author of Swagger – Unleash Everything You Are and Become Everything You Want, and a keynote speaker.
She’s turned technologists into creative forces, bankers into storytellers, and has brought a serious dose of badass-ness to boardrooms everywhere.
Tune in to Episode 160 of the First Time Facilitator podcast to hear how you can up your confidence and swagger!
P.s. Oh and that other easier-said-than-done-phrase, “Fake it ‘til you make it?” Leslie thinks that’s baloney!
In this episode, you will learn how to: See people’s truth to help them to manifest who they really are The difference between self-belief and confidence Fundamental drivers of swagger How to discover your own swagger Resources Swagger: Unleash everything you are and become everything you want Visit Leslie Ehm’s website Connect with Leslie on LinkedIn Tweet Leslie to let her know you watched this episode! Other helpful links:
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How to win friends and influence your online colleagues with Leanne Hughes
Do you rely on your colleagues to provides input and decisions to move a project forward? Do you find that you're constantly chasing people to get things done, and finding it hard to build relationships because you can't catch up with people in person?
Then, this episode is for you.
When we used to do things face to face, and I had to chase a colleague for information, I'd head out for a coffee.
It was semi-strategic. I’d sit at the coffee shop outside of my company’s office. It was a fantastic way of saying hi to people when they were in a good mood (with caffeine, outside, day hadn’t really started), you could easily sneak in a quick question about your project, get an answer, and feel like you’d already won the day.
In a virtual world though, it’s hard to orchestrate these conversations… Or, is it?
In this episode, I share the tactics I’ve used to build relationships and influence people I’ve never met before.
You’ll find this helpful if you’re:
Having to get people’s time/attention and you’re struggling because they don’t respond to your emails / you don’t have direct authority (you’re influencing / in a dotted line relationship) Partnering with an organisation to achieve goals, and you need to work with leaders/subject matter experts, but they’re too busy to give you the input you need to move forward. Click here for show notes Join The Flipchart community on Facebook (it’s free!) Support the host’s ideas and buy Leanne a coffee Connect with Leanne Hughes on LinkedIn or Instagram Subscribe to Leanne’s YouTube channel
Facilitating digital change? Prioritise the people, not the tech with Mike Knapp
Digital transformation is so hot right now! And isn’t it amazing that my guest today suggests that our superpower of facilitation can help create this transformation in organisations?!
Mike Knapp believes there is a better way for business owners and leaders to build their businesses and achieve their big goals.
In this conversation, he shares how he transitioned from the IT guy, to someone who led digital transformational projects, leveraging facilitation to make the change effective.
“Mural Mike” also creates incredible templates using Mural, and he structures these in a way to create stories and contrast in his sessions. He also shares the importance of energy and how his practice in meditation allows him to create a welcoming space for his groups.
This is a great conversation to listen into if you work in complex organisations implementing change, or you want to step into the world of change management.
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Driving word of mouth marketing through your workshops with Suzi Dafnis
Move over virtual workshops, let’s talk about virtual marathons - more specifically, online events that can span over a couple of days.
It’s a different game, with longer interaction, so how do you maintain your energy, and keep your participants wanting more, too?
This week’s guest is the perfect person to answer this question because she’s been running online events since 2007! I'm joined by Suzi Dafnis, the CEO of HerBusiness, a collaborative online community of women who are growing and scaling a business.
For over 25 years HerBusiness has provided mentoring and training to help women grow a sustainable business.
Her big passion is helping women business owners to create the impact, the income and the results that they want through their business and to do what they love, every day.
She has grown multiple multimillion-dollar businesses, and that hasn’t been by accident.
What struck me from chatting to Suzi is how strategic and intentional she is with all of the things: Having a background in Events, she cleverly uses her workshops to drive incredibly powerful word of mouth marketing opportunities for her business.
Facilitators, solopreneurs...okay, ANYONE organising workshops and virtual experiences, you’ll love this one!
About today’s guest: Suzi Dafnis Suzi Dafnis is the CEO of HerBusiness, a collaborative online community of women who are growing and scaling a business.
Her BIG passion is helping women business owners to create the impact, the income and the results that they want through their business and to do what they love, every day.
For over 25 years HerBusiness has provided mentoring and training to help women grow a sustainable business.
Suzi started her first business in the spare room of her home, in her late 20s, with no savings and no business degree, and built that into an $18million business with 45 staff and offices in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Learn more at HerBusiness.com
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