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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 ...
 
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This week, we’re talking about a topic that isn’t really talked about, and today’s guest is on a mission to change that. (A quick heads up if you’re listening, in this episode we’re talking about suicide, and how to starting a conversation if you’re worried about someone). My guest is Rose Allett, and she is the face behind Start the Conversation. …
 
This week we’re focusing on two of my favourite things, that I mention on this podcast over and over again (aren’t you lucky!): Unpredictability and Contrast. My guest today, Johnny Quinn from Audience Alive, epitomises both. This is a masterclass episode in how to do things differently in your workshops. I’m not saying that lightly either, literal…
 
My guest today threw a crazy stat at me in this conversation: 99% of employees want feedback, however 75% of managers don’t like giving feedback. I feel like if you could talk about some of the challenges that are faced in organisations today, you could relate it back to this one statistic. Toady we’re talking about feedback and I’m joined by Beth …
 
Today, you’ll hear from a guest with tremendous presence (and a matching tremendous voice!). We all know stories are important, but what’s the best way of eliciting those stories from our workshop participants? My guest today is David Pullan, co-founder of The Story Spotters. In this conversation, David shares pragmatic details on questions and x-f…
 
Ooh - how’s this for a first time? It’s the first time we’ve had an L&D detective on the show and he’s here to answer the #1 question that plays on all of our (and our clients’ minds): “How can we measure the results, and the ROI of our workshops?” Known in the global learning and development (L&D) community as “the L&D detective,” Kevin M. Yates a…
 
Your workshops are amazing: So amazing that you’ve been asked to share your expertise in a keynote presentation! How do you convert your interactive group content, to something that can be delivered from the stage in front of hundreds of people? That’s the topic I explore today, where I share actionable tips on how I prepare for a keynote speech. S…
 
Energy is the most important thing when it comes to your workshops, and I discovered this nice and early when I geeked out on an energetic conversation with today’s guest, Dana James-Edwards. This is a #bestof episode - I spoke to Dana back in 2018, when she called herself “Dana the Trainer”. Through a series of pivots and discovering her passion, …
 
Wouldn't it be cool if you could say to your client: "We'll practise those skills at Sir Elton John's Oscars party!". Today's guest has done that :) Here's one of my #bestof episodes! I'm in deep work mode, working up a new program and busy attempting to pick my own brain. My guest today is Steve Sims and he runs the coolest workshops I’ve ever hea…
 
You’ll often hear how facilitation is used in the context of workshops and meetings on this podcast. However, today’s guest, demonstrates how it’s an incredibly handy skill for life in general, to. In fact, she used the tool of facilitation alone to build an entire Learning and Development department at the company she worked at. She’s a tremendous…
 
Here’s the scenario: You’re working with some new clients, and they haven’t used Zoom before. You pull together some slides, videos and helpful pointers and send them these beforehand. During the session, you dedicate the first few minutes to sharing features, and getting them to feel comfortable using Zoom. You’re happy with what you’ve created bu…
 
“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? No! 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 ab…
 
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 …
 
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 a…
 
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 colle…
 
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 …
 
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 r…
 
In case you can’t tell, I love conversations. If my life could involve having morning coffees with interesting people, then chatting with other cool people over an afternoon champagne by the water, rinse and repeat every day x 5 days, my life would be complete. What’s interesting is that I’m really not the best (or interested?) in small talk. I don…
 
This episode comes with a warning: If you’re not interested in being inspired, then don’t tune in! This week, we have a special guest on the show, who I met during my 20 week consulting gig last year. I was lucky enough to be placed in a team with him, and I say that because when you talk to him it feels like you’re sitting in the front row of a TE…
 
What’s the role of a facilitator? I think we’re there to stimulate CHANGE. So what better time to talk about making changes than at the start of a new year? As world leading body language Mark Bowden (also previous guest of 2 x First Time Facilitator episodes) says, “As facilitators, we are the leading signal in the room. People look to us to decid…
 
Guess what? You can become that amazing storytelling you secretly want to be! In this First Time Facilitator re-run of Episode 8, internationally bestselling author Matthew Dicks shares why storytelling so important, and how telling stories is not simply sharing a series of events; it’s the manipulation of emotions. It’s a skill that can be taught …
 
I thought I’d bring you a festive episode this week! Host of the Workshops Work podcast, Dr Myriam Hadnes put a call out to previous guests on her show and invited us to facilitate a #neverdonebefore virtual workshop experience for the #neverdonebefore 24 hour, global festival. The idea I landed on for my workshop was this: What would it be like, t…
 
I’m taking inspiration from Oprah’s Favourite Things to bring you the Ultimate Facilitator Holiday Wish list! You may want to share this episode with a loved one, if they want some last minute stocking-filler ideas, or x-factor gift ideas to ramp up your facilitation game. Many of the suggestions here focus on the virtual facilitation world and spa…
 
Wow, Episode 150. How did we get here? In this solo episode, I wanted to reflect on the last 50 weeks (and 50 episodes) and what I’ve learnt both from podcast episodes, from business and also from, well, LIFE in 2020. Hasn’t this year been a great teacher for us all?! I weave between random topics, all linked through some lessons learnt on the show…
 
This week, we're talking about the value of tactile objects in your workshop and how they can help unlock great ideas, real conversations and so much more (oh and yes, this can work virtually, too). I’m talking about Lego® Serious Play®. Today's guest, Michael Fearne is all about sharing the Lego® Serious Play® love with the world, and he’s even wr…
 
Can you use space to create contrast, even in a virtual call? Today’s guest proves that you can! We have an absolute world-leader in the field of nonverbal communication joining us on the show, Michael Grinder. Michael Grinder has over 40 years of experience training thousands of groups. Known as the pioneer of nonverbal communication, Michael help…
 
My experience with 80% of the university lectures I attended? BORING. This week, I’m talking to someone who has a similar mission as me, but her audience is the higher ed sector! Dr Barbi Honeycutt is my guest and she works with professors, instructors, faculty development professionals, instructional designers, graduate students, postdocs, and ent…
 
I spend TOO many time designing workshops, making sure every activity, every piece of content is fit for purpose! Wouldn't it be great if planning a workshop was as easy as shuffling some cards around? Today's guest thought so, too! Meg Bolger is a facilitator working to create a more beautiful and just world. She's the co-developer of Facilitator …
 
In today’s episode, I draw an activity extract out from a recent Virtually Possible 2.0 call, where i was joined by Marisa Agrasut and Joeri Schilders. In this conversation, Marisa shares a virtual session she developed called: Activate your attention; how to prime your natural listening and observation skills for meaningful and rich conversations.…
 
Having a home base as a facilitator. A metaphorical place in your workshop room, where you can reset. What's not to love about that idea? This week on the show I’m chatting to Jordan Mendoza. The best advice Jordan was given when he was a First Time Facilitator, was about discovering that home base: A place where you can reset/centre yourself durin…
 
In this Flipchart live-stream event, Leanne Hughes answers the following three questions: How do you embed leadership workshop material through coaching sessions held after your workshop? How do you facilitate a hybrid workshop, where you have guests in-person, and guests who dial in? How do you say goodbye and end your virtual workshop, without it…
 
Are you exploring or tossing up the opportunity of going out on your own - of being your own boss? As I’m 18 months into my own journey, I always love the opportunity to discuss what it takes to do that, to build and maintain your sanity! Today’s guest is an absolute rock-star when it comes to this, too - so if you’re into building your own facilit…
 
Okay, we all know it's important to get a good night's sleep, switch off, clarify your vision, and deal with stress. But like most things in life - these things are much easier said than done. The best part of my conversation today with my good friend, Warren James is the pragmatic approach is takes to all of this important life and work stuff (inc…
 
It’s always fun to deliver a project but as we all know as facilitators, many of the lessons learned are discovered in the reflection! Joeri Schilders and I met a few months ago and in space of a few weeks, created a concept for a project, launched it, welcomed members in, created the program and delivered it. In this episode, Joeri and I debrief t…
 
Today, I’m chatting to someone who also shares my love for the Clifton Strengths tool. It’s all well and good to find a tool you love, that echoes back what you think + feel about yourself but more importantly? It’s what you do with it that matters! Today’s guest, Charlotte Blair from The Strengths Partners shares how we can apply and activate our …
 
We’ve been delivering in-person workshops for years. We’re comfortable. Give us a marker pen, some butcher’s paper and some decent catering: We’re good to go! When Covid hit earlier this year, many of us had to shift gears and deliver workshops online. We had to adjust to new technology, new ways of experiencing workshops, a range of energy levels.…
 
Ever since I spoke to Jacinta Cubis on the show, I've started noticing more facilitation lessons around me, every day. In this week's episode, I share the story of my return to a group fitness class at the gym, and what I learnt about virtual facilitation as a result. Click here to view the show notes. Get on the Virtually Possible 2.0 waitlist…
 
Mark Bowden is back! It sounds weird to say this: But this guy makes you feel at home when you chat to him. Yes, I know we’re all at home already — he’s curious, he uses your name when he talks to you, he asks questions, he nods, he does all the things to make you feel safe and ready to contribute. I spoke to Mark in Episode 102 of the First Time F…
 
Have you been running webinars but finding it difficult to get people through the door? This week’s guest is great at tuning in to topics that people actually want, and he’s figured out a pretty neat system to do this! Ken Burgin works with foodservice operators to assist them to be more popular & successful. He is a former cafe and restaurant owne…
 
Are you zipping around from one virtual meeting to the next? Clicking Exit on a call, then clicking a new link to jump on the next without getting space in between? I am! How can we facilitate an experience, where our participants arrive into our virtual workshops with renewed energy and focus? That's the conversation I have with today's guest, Wad…
 
Anytime you’re live - whether that’s presenting a webinar, or a face-to-face workshop, you’re essentially exchanging your time for money. Today’s guest, Sarah Cordiner has helped over 132,000 students from all over the world. You don’t do that by running workshops, you do it by scaling what you offer through digital programs and courses. Where do y…
 
Panel discussions! You see some great ones, you see some ordinary ones. A few years ago I was really into the ABC TV show, Q&A with Tony Jones. Some people didn’t enjoy his style. I loved it. He was direct, funny, great at segueing the conversation and getting panellists to add, argue, contradict each other, which created fantastic drama. It’s real…
 
In this episode, Leanne and Joeri share 5 super simple (some might say, lazy?) ways to keep up the energy in your virtual sessions. This is the audio replay of a really fun webinar we ran on 23 July 2020. Enjoy the webinar? Then, you’re going to love our new program called Virtually Possible Join the Virtually Possible movement (use coupon code POD…
 
How did I find today’s guest? Through this article: How to Host a Cocktail Party on Zoom (and have better classes, conferences and meetings, too) written by Misha Glouberman, that Michael Bungay Stanier shared on LinkedIn. As I read the article, my jaw dropped. The level of consideration around facilitating this birthday party was next level! From …
 
I’m taking you backstage to share how Joeri Schilders and I are collaborating to bring you the Virtually Possible program. With everyone in lockdown, this may be a good time to reach out to someone and put your heads together, to solve a problem. We haven’t really done things the traditional way: We don’t use emails to communicate at all! In this e…
 
So many times as facilitators we’re asked to come in to solve a specific problem: It could be communication, leadership challenges, absenteeism, decision fatigue or indecision, even. We’re given a lot of challenges and you know what? A lot of the time, it comes back to the culture of a team, the culture of an organisation and what standards and val…
 
If you’re going to learn something, you might as well learn from the best, right? I’m still reeling from my interview with today’s guest, Alan Weiss.This is another episode for you if you run your own business or looking to be a solopreneur. I reached out to Alan after Michael Bungay Stanier’s contribution to Episode 120, where he said, “If you rea…
 
This episode was inspired by a question that came through on The Flipchart community last week from Yishan Chan, host of the Talent Stack podcast. She asked, “Hi Leanne, is there a short podcast episode I can share with my workplace on why we need to think differently about how Zoom "show and tell" sessions are run?” Today I share my approach, mind…
 
If I was playing a game of corporate buzzword meeting bingo, the one word I’d like on my bingo card would be: Innovation! (“Unprecedented” would be my second choice). Many leaders, teams and companies talk about innovation. It’s often a company value. Yet, we still see traditional work practices, and not a lot of real innovation happening. So, what…
 
I invited this week’s guest on the show because I love, love, love sport; I love playing it, I love watching it. I’m in complete awe of high performing athletes and teams, who show up, work hard, have a strong mental game, pull off impossible feats and my guest, helps them do that! Dr. Fergus Connolly is one of the world’s foremost human potential …
 
We’ve never really taken a deep dive on the concept of “noticing”. Noticing your perspectives, other people’s perspectives, seeing things in a new light, or a different way. I think this is always relevant, particular as facilitators - noticing, sensing what’s happening in a workshop room (or a Zoom room!). My guest this week, Jacinta Cubis, is one…
 
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