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050: What Happens When You Get 11 Facilitators into an Organised but Unstructured Group Conversation?

What Happens When You Get 11 Facilitators into an Organised but Unstructured Group Conversation?



50 episodes of Workshops Work – wow! What a joy every episode has been. Thank you for joining me on this journey – whether this is your first or fiftieth time listening.

To mark this milestone, I brought together ten Workshops Work alumni for a fishbowl discussion about facilitation.

We covered a range of topics in such detail, it’s a struggle to summarise it in these show notes. If you are interested in hearing what a room of facilitators has to say about the complexities, joys, and novelties of our profession, I am very happy to present to you this episode.

Thank you again for helping me on my journey to 50 episodes. Here’s to the next milestone…

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Questions and Answers 


[03:23] How do you ensure everyone in the room has the same understanding? Do you do so before or during a workshop?

[08:08] How do you make sure everyone has a role?

[11:51] What is your experience of wanting to act as a facilitator but knowing that you should not?

[13:10] How do you deal with having assumptions about participants?

[14:41] Neutrality and conflict

[21:52] How do you make space for people in a fair and balanced way?

[25:39] Neutrality, readiness, and being present

[30:51] Reflecting on the experience of the fishbowl

[40:54] What brings you the most joy from the transformation in the room of your workshops?

[41:56] Coming back to discomfort

[49:21] What do you do to limit yourself and avoid taking too much space when speaking?

[51:54] Do you have any short lines you use to transfer power in the room?

[53:11] Checking in on the participant’s experiences of the discussion


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