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Conversation for Making Difficult Decisions

When we are faced with sudden changes and demands, it is hard to think clearly and easy to be overcome by anxiety, especially if the situation continually changes dramatically without warning.   The ORID process can help keep calm while you make difficult decisions.  Here is a sample conversation you can have with yourself, or with

Special Group Facilitation Methods Online Course

Group Facilitation is a foundational course for professional facilitators and will give you a thorough grounding in facilitation practice of two core facilitation methods. Focused Conversation Method Consensus Workshop Method This interactive course will be offered for 4 consecutive days from March 30 through April 2, on the online meeting platforms Zoom and Linoit.  It

Writing Prose from Consensus Workshop Results

Often cards in a column on a wall are not polished enough documentation to finish the result the group needs. It is easy and fun for a group to write prose statements from the cards, perhaps a sentence for each column. Provide a template for the prose.  Usually it includes a line for the name

Keys to Documenting Results

The first key to accurate documentation of what the group has said is to make sure participants’ words on the important insights and decisions are written and held visible during the session, whether on cards or flipcharts or some other means.  This does not mean capturing every word that is said in a long discussion,

Applying Appropriate Methods

Applying appropriate methods to ensure task completion and results is complex, including thorough planning of methods and executing those plans with the group. The first step is to deeply understand what results the client and the group need. The second is to create the rational aim for the session: to articulate in clear and simple

The Joy of Co-Facilitation Teamwork

At the IAF Conference in Ottawa in 2018, I had the opportunity to co-facilitate a session with two indigenous colleagues.  The topic of the session was reconciliation between settlers and indigenous people, and we needed a cross-cultural team to facilitate the event. The three of us arrived early and all pitched in to set up

ORID as an Underlying Structure for Effective Meeting Design

We teach ORID as the structure of a Focused Conversation.  However, it is much more than that.  Since it reflects the natural steps in how human beings process information, it is also useful as an underlying “meta” structural design for a facilitated event. Any appropriate facilitation tools can be used at any of the four

Our 20th Anniversary National Tour Has Begun!

The first two 20th Anniversary events were held on October 10 during International Facilitation Week, one in Toronto and one in Yellowknife. The one in Toronto was co-sponsored by the GTA Chapter of the International Association of Facilitators.  The one in Yellowknife was sponsored by Dene Nahjo. The two events brought together a total of

Orchestrating Successful Events

Have you ever had an experience of an event that seemed like a complete experience – maybe it started with some confusion, then the context became clear, the group came together, experienced or wrestled through some intense sections, then finally moved to a satisfying conclusion? A symphony, a play and even novels and great presentations