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Episode 018

July 3, 2019

018 – How to use scientific insights to design powerful workshops – with Myriam Hadnes

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This is my first solo show and I speak about the science behind workshop design and facilitation. I share how I use evidence from behavioural economics to come up with ideas that help participants to experience meaningful progress during their working session.

Before founding idayz I had a career in higher education – as a researcher, lecturer and strategic advisor. From all these roles I learned about human behaviour and how to best facilitate their collaboration. 

In the show, I share the rationale behind my workshop design and some of my favourite exercises. Some questions which I answer: How can we help participants to open up and engage despite hierarchical differences? How can we use the energy of nay-sayers for creative ideation and is courage one of the most important skills of a successful facilitator? 

Don’t miss the part when I explain why I bring M&Ms to every meeting…

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Questions and Answers

1:59 If I was a hashtag, what would it be? 

3:30 Why do I call myself a “behavioural economist” and what does that mean?  

6:33 What’s my story? How did I get from a career in higher education to become a facilitator? 

10:59 Why did I call my business idayz?

15:21 What have I learned from my previous roles in workshop design and facilitation?

22:13 How do I use insights from behavioural economics to design workshops?

29:22 What’s my favourite exercise and how do I use behavioural insights to design exercises?

30:55 Why do I bring M&Ms to every meeting and workshop?

32:54 What are the most powerful check-in exercises I use and why do they work from a behavioural perspective?

41:45 Why do I brainstorm failures instead of successes?

43:00 How do I help participants to cluster their ideas after ideation?

45:41 Why do workshops fail?

46:26 What shall my listener who missed the entire show remember?