Shocking? Maybe. Though most people do their best to run effective meetings, sometimes investing time in delivering a "wow" meeting is not their priority, or they may lack the necessary tools. Some even feel that deviating from ‘how things normally get done’ in their organization is just too risky. The matter of fact is when people are not fully engaged in the information you are offering or asking them to contribute to, you have immediately lost their potential and brainpower, especially when you need to make a collective decision.
I am a trained facilitator with years of international experience, who thrives at the opportunity to incorporate dynamic processes with subject matter content and knowledge to make your meetings highly interactive, effective and outcome-oriented. My mission is to maximize the impact of your gatherings, while making them terribly enjoyable. If we don't have fun, we don't get work done. I discuss the purpose of your meeting with you, and I design and aid you in facilitating a process that will transform your gathering from “just another meeting in today’s agenda”, to the highlight of the day for you and for the rest of the people you invited. It's safe to say you can now bid farewell to lacklustre meetings.
The Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges. Learn more about Art of Hosting.
These are some Art of Hosting Techniques I work with:
Theory of Change
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s. NVC assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions (especially in moments of tension or conflict) are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs. Once the needs are identified, communication is clearer. Practicing NVC is effective in conflict resolution. It leads to authentic communication that results in a deeper connection and increased understanding of the self and other. Learn more about NVC.
OASIS Game is an innovative tool developed in Brasil by Instituto Elos and is based on the 7-step Elos Philosophy. Focused on mobilizing a community to realize a collective ‘dream’, this process harnesses a positive relationship between community members and third parties working with the community. It allows space for action to emerge from within the community - by community members focusing on identifying collective needs and designing the solution themselves (transcending the habitual practice of only identifying problems and overcoming dependency). Both the OASIS Game or the Elos Philosophy can be applied within organisations. Learn more about OASIS Game.
Cooperative Games promote individual and team success through group interaction. They are fun to play and include all as players, regardless of age, size, or ability level. They focus on collaboration not competition and the end goal is for everyone to be a winner.
Dragon Dreaming is a playful and meaningful method for assisting individuals and groups who seek to turn their individual dreams into collective dreams. It offers different tools, tips, and techniques that can be added to improve the effectiveness of existing work and invite the support and collaboration of others. Learn more about Dragon Dreaming here.