Facilitation Lab

Facilitation Lab: Annie Hodges

Behind the Scenes: How to Facilitate Virtual Experiences

Facilitation Lab is a weekly virtual meetup focused on helping facilitators hone their craft to help improve the quality of meetings.

Each week we rotate between highlighting facilitators sharing activities with tips and tricks, facilitation practice where you can get hands-on with tools for better meetings, and deep-dive skill-building workshops.

We’re honored to be part of the Google Global Sprint Chapter program that aims to build and foster a Design Sprint community by providing awareness, resources, and connecting people.

Date

November 18, 2021

Time

9am-11am CST​

Location

Live Online

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What to expect

What to Expect

We offer opportunities for facilitators to gather in a safe judgement-free zone to learn from experts and one another. Our community offers many levels of engagement and exclusive resources for facilitators, whether you are a beginner or a Master Facilitator. Our weekly Facilitation Lab makes up 5 key segments: impromptu networking, our guest facilitator session activity, community critique, a weekly giveaway, & After Hours. Come & network with facilitators from around the globe and expand your facilitator toolbelt from each Lab experience!

What You'll Learn

This session provides attendees the inside scoop of how to facilitate virtual experiences. This includes describing which tech platforms I utilize - my computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse setup, and how I toggle back and forth between it all. This session is great for those just starting out in facilitation, entrepreneurs, and leaders who run lots of meetings. Learn the steps to set your next lead-facilitation event up for success and understand how to prepare through key virtual components.

How You'll Learn

The workshop will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll recognize, practice, and design your workshops based on key learning experience design principles. We won’t just talk at you — you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn in real-time from a master facilitator with tons of experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest institutions and enterprises.

Agenda

Impromptu Networking

Engage with everyone in the community during a quick round of introductions to network and begin our time together

Guest Facilitator Session

Experience the lead facilitator's activity & method to engage together as a community.

Rose, Thorn, Bud Critique

Share your feedback as a community and offer expressions of tangible takeaways to our lead facilitator.

After Hours

Stay awhile & chat post-session about your experience in the Lab.

Who Should Attend

Team Managers & Leads

who want to learn more & benefit from the power of facilitation practice

UX Designers

who want to expand their facilitation skillset while gaining inspiration of new approaches

Experienced & New Facilitators

who want to level up their facilitation skills and enhance their facilitation tool belt

Teachers

who want to gain feedback & uncover new resources with forward-thinking activities

Key Takeaways

Key platforms used in virtual facilitation

Placement of monitors, videos, and lights to make for a professional experience

How to balance all of the balls in the air (and not make it look like you're juggling)

What issues typically arise in virtual facilitation (and how to prevent them)

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Kierra Johnson

Kierra Johnson is the Community Manager at Voltage Control and host of our weekly meet up sessions in the Facilitation Lab. She has developed a passion for community and bringing people together for as long as she can remember. A part of the community relations and customer service industry for over 5 years, she continues to implement this service expanding our network of facilitators through our Control the Room community. With the development of a true passion for people, she strives in building long-lasting relationships with clients in their communities and organizations. Building community through the Facilitation Lab, while networking with people of many industries and backgrounds inspires her to stretch the community to new heights each week in the Lab.

Annie Hodges

Annie loves building teams that uphold cultures of trust, resilience, and innovation. This matters for companies and organizations who are reckoning with how to move forward in a new era of work. She specialties in training professionals to be better collaborators, designing and facilitating (magical) meetings and conferences, and strategic organizational development. Currently, she’s a Workshop Facilitator at Voltage Control, a change agency that helps enterprises sustain innovation and teams to work better together with custom-designed meetings and workshops, both in-person and virtual.
What People Are Saying

"I always enjoy the opportunity to network with other facilitators in the Facilitation Lab. I've gained so much knowledge from other attendees' insights & experiences each and every week in our community."

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A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.

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Please note that photographs, video & audio recordings will be taken throughout this event. These will be used by Voltage Control for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media, or in any third-party publication. Please contact us via email if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.​

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