In a transformative journey spanning from Brazil to London, Vanessa navigated the complexities of an evolving artistic career deeply entrenched in experimental music and arts facilitation. Despite notable collaborations with international organizations, she felt disconnected from her artistic ethos in the fast-paced gig economy and institutional contexts. Her epiphany came after enrolling in Voltage Control’s Facilitation Certification, which prompted her to critically reassess her professional identity and career trajectory.
In our comprehensive guide on "How to Facilitate a Workshop," we delve into the nuances that distinguish workshops from standard business meetings, and explore the pivotal role a skilled facilitator plays in the process. From defining the purpose and establishing expectations, to creating an adaptive plan and gathering essential tools, this guide provides a roadmap for both novice and experienced facilitators. Additionally, we discuss how to create an engaging environment, accommodate various learning styles, and follow up effectively post-session. Tips, video resources, and expert insights are included to equip you with the knowledge to lead a workshop that's not only productive but also fosters a greater sense of team unity and goal alignment.
In this podcast episode, Douglas Ferguson and Eli Wood discuss the importance of facilitation in working with interdisciplinary teams and building successful products and business offerings. They emphasize that facilitation is not limited to design sprints but can be applied to any situation where collaboration and decision-making are needed. They also highlight the role of facilitation in product management, as product managers need to navigate diverse requirements and agendas.
Dom Michalec's experience in startups led him to consulting, where he sought to understand and improve large team dynamics. His time with Voltage Control's certification program highlighted the power of facilitation and healthy conflict in fostering team growth. Now, as a certified facilitator, Dom leverages conflict as a tool for progress, emphasizing collective intelligence and collaboration in his workshops.
Online facilitation tools are continually evolving and corporate culture shifts over time, making it hard to keep up with the best practices for online facilitation. In this article, we compiled the most up-to-date best practices and tips for preparing for and implementing effective online facilitation in your meetings, workshops, and more.
According to statistics, 79% of companies agree that design thinking improves the ideation process, and 71% have enjoyed a significant shift in their work culture after adopting design thinking. While it does contain the word design, design thinking and it’s iterative approach to creative ideas is not only for design teams, in fact, any team can benefit from this human-centered design process.