June 17, 2020
065: Nimble Facilitation: How to stay on track while going off script with Rebecca Sutherns
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A workshop that goes exactly to plan is a workshop that exists in our dreams.
The unexpected isn’t something we should be afraid of – fantastic ideas and outcomes can come from the moments we don’t see coming (and can never plan for) – but being prepared to adjust to the whim of the room is a vital skill for effective facilitation.
But what do we need to learn – and unlearn – if we want to become adaptive, Nimble Facilitators?
Rebecca Sutherns is the author of Nimble: A Coaching Guide for Responsive Facilitation and she joins me in this episode of workshops work to share the secrets of holding onto our plans a little more loosely.
Find out about
- Why being Nimble is proving to be just as essential in virtual spaces as it is in on-site settings
- What the sweet spot of preparation looks like and how to find yours
- Why inner work is the foundation of growth, change, and progress
- How to balance the needs and requirements of your client, your group, and yourself
- How to strengthen your decision-making muscles
Feeling inspired by the conversation in this episode? We can have our own – take a seat at my virtual table as part of a Mastermind Group.
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Questions and Answers
01:11 When did you start calling yourself a facilitator?
05:43 What is the story behind Nimble Facilitation and why did you write this book?
07:51 What is the core skill for Nimble Facilitation?
13:55 How do you manage clients who require a lot of detail and structure?
19:55 How do you close sessions to synchronise everyone’s takeaways?
25:34 Have you found it is harder to be Nimble in virtual workshops?
31:40 How will what we’ve learned from virtual workshops influence our future on-site workshops?
41:02 What makes a workshop fail, and is the answer different for virtual workshops?
47:14 What’s your favourite exercise?
49:55 Is there anything you wanted to mention that we haven’t touched upon yet?
55:36 What is the one thing you want listeners to take away from this show?