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Dr Myriam Hadnes

The world is waking up to the power of facilitation. Whether hosting a workshop, hosting more engaged meetings, or leading productive teams - this podcast is for everyone who works with groups and thrives to bring the best out of them. Join us weekly as Dr. Hadnes invites facilitators, trainers, and coaches to share their insights and stories from the facilitation frontlines. These candid long-form conversations aim to demystify facilitation, making it accessible to everyone interested in mastering the art of group collaboration. Gain valuable tips and insights from leading experts, and discover the magic ingredients behind successful workshops. Plus, enjoy a complimentary 1-page summary of each episode to quickly integrate key learnings into your practice. Visit workshops.work/podcast for more.
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265 - In the Rhythm of Leadership: Learnings from Music Thinking with Christof Zürn
5d ago
265 - In the Rhythm of Leadership: Learnings from Music Thinking with Christof Zürn
From free jazz and the musical echelons of piano concerto, to indigenous beats and the didgeridoo, this week’s episode is an invitation into the wondrous world of Music Thinking.Christof Zürn is the inventor of this mindset; his storied background in musicology, creative direction and service design became the symphony to his brainchild. He now helps organisations to apply the principles of music to their daily lives, offering a new lexicon with which to interpret and understand business, leadership - and of course, facilitation!Hear all about Christof’s musical mindset, how to apply it, and why it can be an inspiring scoresheet for effective work, collaboration, and productivity. Episode 265 is guaranteed to be music to your ears.Find out about:The power of Music Thinking in helping to navigate organisational dynamicsWhat the analogy of music means for business, leadership and facilitationWhy the workshop is not a performance, but a rehearsal for the real-life production, allowing room for mistakes and explorationHow music can help us to hear and understand simultaneous perspectives in an organisationThe notion of ‘Design Thinking Theater’ and why it is a facade to endorse established organisational ideasDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Christof:Jam CardsThe Power of Music ThinkingTemplates downloadEpiphany Story 2024Workshop with Leadership positionsSonic Meditation / Pauline OliverosSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
264 - Play as a Prism: Exploring Group Work, Conflict, and Human Connection
Apr 9 2024
264 - Play as a Prism: Exploring Group Work, Conflict, and Human Connection
It is wonder, curiosity and imagination wrapped up in one. It is both a suspension from reality and way of navigating the world, a problem solver, a flow of creativity, a creative outlet, a language and a state of mind. It is: play!And true to its nature, we cannot possibly box play into one definition. Lily Higgins, Pauline McNaulty and Jules Gilleland join me in my digital playground this week to unpeel the many layers of play: purposeful play, play without agenda, play as the essence of human connection, and play as a curious and unexpected vehicle for conflict resolution.Gather around for our special fireside conversation!Find out about:Lily, Pauline and Jules’ multifaceted definitions of play, and why it is simultaneously a mindset, tactic, strategy, and metaphorThe complexities and contexts of play as a facilitation toolHow play can be used to navigate conflict, creating a safe space that diffuses riskHow play can help us challenge our stories, and encourage us to see new perspectives The difference between purposeful play, play as the experience itself, and play without agendaDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to guests:Lily Higgins LinkedInPauline McNaulty LinkedInJules Gilleland LinkedInFind out more about our Facilitation Academy:Live online courses with podcast guestsSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
263 - From Water to Metal: Exploring Elemental Archetypes for Enhanced Facilitation with Alice Inoue
Apr 2 2024
263 - From Water to Metal: Exploring Elemental Archetypes for Enhanced Facilitation with Alice Inoue
We are all made of stars. The elements of our bodies were first forged in celestial matter across the cosmos billions of years ago. As humans, we tend to think of ourselves as separate from nature, but we are of course, nature itself.So when Life Guide, astrologist and founder of Happiness U, Alice Inoue introduced me to her fascinating psychometric assessment based on the five elements of ancient traditional Chinese medicine - water, wood, fire, earth and metal – I knew this conversation was going to be filled with earthly, enlightening wisdom for both facilitation - and life!Alice teaches us about finding our natural superpowers in the elemental system, how to foster deeper group harmony, and how to see ourselves and others in a new dimension. Intrigued? Tune in to your element – and this week’s episode!Find out about:Alice’s psychometric assessment Master Your SuperpowerThe elemental archetypes, their qualities and challenges, and how each element might interact with anotherHow to use the language of elements in the workplaceWhat we can learn about facilitation from astrology, Feng Shui and traditional Chinese medicine practicesThe importance of getting comfortable with silence and asking the right questionsDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Alice Inoue:LinkedInWebsiteMaster Your Superpower Assessment Find out more about our Facilitation Academy:Live online courses with podcast guestsSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
262 - Navigating the Facilitation Landscape with Community Perspectives
Mar 26 2024
262 - Navigating the Facilitation Landscape with Community Perspectives
Earlier this year, SessionLab published the second edition of their State of Facilitation report, surveying the ever-evolving landscape of our profession. 93 countries, 372 hours spent answering the survey and a generous 975 respondents later, and the NeverDoneBefore community joins together with the SessionLab community to put the 2024 report findings under a facilitation magnifying glass in our very first fishbowl conversation!Together, we dissect three juicy and provocative, yet important questions: Do accreditations, or a lack of, harm or expand our profession? Do facilitators hide behind their tools? And how valuable is community in our world? Episode 262 is a special one, join us!Find out about:Key findings from the State of Facilitation 2024 reportThe presence, weight and validity of accreditations in facilitation - can we learn on the job or do we require a professional certification?The role that tools play when facilitating small vs. large groups and how they can help us to navigate conflictWhether digitally-assisted facilitation is transforming the face of the profession – for the better or worseAn exploration into how facilitators continue to learnDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.IAF Accreditation processConnect to:NeverDoneBeforeSessionLabState of Facilitation Report 2024Find out more about our Facilitation Academy:Live online courses with podcast guestsSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
261 - The Unseen Dynamics of Effective Facilitation with Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic
Mar 19 2024
261 - The Unseen Dynamics of Effective Facilitation with Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic
From her debut in episode 53, to episode 261 many years later, my guest this week Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic makes her return to the podcast this week! Tanja is a corporate coach, facilitator and communications specialist - and a master at manifesting potential.But potential, the capacity for future success, is only possible with the right conditions at play and the energy to propel it forward. We unravel the dynamics of effective facilitation, the necessary conditions and questions we must ask, to design workshops that will outlive the confines of the workshop walls. After all, it is our duty to give the group the wings to make their potential possible – otherwise, we fail not only the group, but our entire profession.Join us for learnings from workshop failures, the art of the gradually-invisible facilitator, the nuances of equal voice, and the importance of withholding our opinion.Find out about:How to find the right approach for the best outcome and collaborationNavigating the client conversations needed for success; from budget availability, to motivations and post-workshop supportWhy you shouldn’t go into a collaboration with assumptions or predefined expectationsHow to physically manoeuvre a space so that the group is given agencyWhy facilitators should rarely disclose their own opinion to avoid being a guiding voice that would anchor the groupHow to acknowledge equal voice in a group, giving recognition to quick and slow thinkersDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic:LinkedInWebsiteSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
260 - Exploring the Art of Invisible Facilitation with Charles-Louis de Maere
Mar 12 2024
260 - Exploring the Art of Invisible Facilitation with Charles-Louis de Maere
The act of naming something gives it presence, it makes it visible. So how then, do we navigate something as infinite and nameworthy as facilitation, when invisibility is so often its modus operandi?Scrum-master, agile-coach and chief explorer of Exploration Labs, Charles-Louis de Maere joins me this week for a juicy, macro-to-micro exploration into facilitation as we toy with this question. We discuss the power of surrender: why stepping back, ditching the instructions, and detaching ourselves from the rigidity of the process, can help us to co-create a playground that prioritises the outcome.We cover a lot of terrain in this episode! From the deeper purpose of the facilitator, to practical try-it-yourself exercises, facilitating in different cultures, and why we can sometimes be magicians in disguise…Find out about:Why the art of invisible facilitation abandons agendas in favour of co-designing towards a shared outcomeWhy the strongest tool in our toolbox is the question, and why vague questionsThe power of playing with ambiguityA lack of instructions can facilitate trust in a group through the discomfort that emergesFinding the right level of appropriateness for exchanges in different culturesHow to navigate the wants and needs of the group, with the expectations of the hiring clientDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Charles-Louis de Maere:LinkedInWebsiteSupport the show: Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
259 - Leading with a Rainbow Lens: Enhancing Inclusive Leadership Practices with Dr Steve Yacovelli
Mar 5 2024
259 - Leading with a Rainbow Lens: Enhancing Inclusive Leadership Practices with Dr Steve Yacovelli
This week we take a look through the iridescent, rainbow lens of leadership, with Dr Steve Yacovelli, aka ‘The Gay Leadership Dude™’, to ask the question: what does it mean to be a truly inclusive leader?Well beyond the DEI acronym and its all too often tick-box allyship mentality, we explore the essence of inclusive leadership and what every impactful leader can learn from the six competencies that naturally show up in the LGBTQ+ community: being authentic, leading with courage, having empathy, effective communication, building relationships, and influencing organisational culture.We talk all things pronouns, bringing your full self to work, managing your unconscious bias, and finally, we pull at the seams of diversity, to reveal a single beautiful truth: every single human on this planet is diverse!Find out about:Learnings from Steve’s 25 years in the leadership, development, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting spaceWhat it means to lead with a Pride Leadership mindsetWhy inclusive leadership must go beyond the superficial celebration of the DEI acronym to foster belonging for allThe five dimensions of diversity and what it means for leadershipWhy a feedback-rich culture is critical to creating belonging in the workplaceWhy learning in a group of 3 can have greater success than learning in pairsDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Steve Yacovelli:LinkedInWebsiteSupport the show: Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
258 - Community-based Education Supporting Community-based Enterprise with Colonel Walter Holmes
Feb 27 2024
258 - Community-based Education Supporting Community-based Enterprise with Colonel Walter Holmes
Can I get your attention? Because this week, I have none other than Colonel Walt Holmes with me on the show, Air Force Commander, author, and master facilitator of community-based education.Walt has been helping individuals to progress through the ranks of military units – and of life – since the 1999s, designing the systems for success in both soldiers and students. His 5 levels of achievement offers a unique gamified approach to change: encouraging meaningful metric-based accountability, collaboration and autonomy in his squadron of students. His belief: if we can impact someone’s behaviour, we can change their attitude.Walt’s passion is undeniable - it radiates through the airwaves of our conversation and I’m positive you will feel it too! Tune in to learn all about community, attitude, behaviour and the cogs of organisational change.Find out about:Learnings from Walt’s military career as a cultural change facilitatorWhat it takes to change an entire organisation through the introduction of structure, autonomy and collaborationWhy the success to community-based education lies in a marriage of individual outcomes and metricsThe inner-workings of community models: why people taking ownership creates a system that is self-enforcingWhat Walt’s book ‘Lead From The Middle, Lead From Behind’ can teach us about leading groups in disarrayDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Skill ding Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Walt Holmes:WebsiteEmailWebsiteSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
257 - Exploring the Ethical Lines between Facilitation and Consulting with Benjamin Taylor
Feb 21 2024
257 - Exploring the Ethical Lines between Facilitation and Consulting with Benjamin Taylor
Dominant, supportive. Immediate value, gradual value. Explicit, implicit. Scarcity, abundance. Consultant, Facilitator.It might be tempting to view the roles of a consultant, and that of a facilitator, through these opposing dichotomies, but nothing is ever really that black and white. And as Benjamin Taylor and I speak about this week, there’s a great deal to be learnt from the intersection of the two!This episode takes a look at facilitation through the meta-lens; from afar, we inspect it as a movement and dig up some uncomfortable clichéd truths, and up-close, we unravel the intricacies of manipulation, shallow vs deep facilitation, and the most daring tool of all in our toolkit.Find out about:Where facilitation shows up in consulting and the interplay between the two disciplinesWhat Benjamin has learnt from decades spent as a consultant in the public sectorThe distinction between shallow and deep facilitation and why it is critical for an effective outcomeWhy the key to impactful facilitation lies in fostering an environment of connection, collaboration and empowering each participant’s strengthsWhy consultants must resist the urge to prove instant value; instead taking a more measured, facilitative approach to collaborationDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Benjamin Taylor:LinkedInRedQuadrantSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
256 - Deliberate Dialogue to Unlock Wicked Problems with Amanda Harding
Feb 13 2024
256 - Deliberate Dialogue to Unlock Wicked Problems with Amanda Harding
Dialogue is a form of sense-making in motion. Thoughts become words become ideas, and ideas then enter reality splintering into fresh, new routes of discussion – a map begins to form, ready to be navigated.Although, that map might not always have the right people reading it, it may even have dead-ends along the way, or the wrong starting point entirely. This is where Amanda Harding comes in! As a Curator of Conversation, she designs a third space for deliberate dialogue to be held between a blend of actors, so that entangled, wicked problems can be unravelled with purpose, made malleable, and actionable.As you’d guess, mine and Amanda’s own dialogue surfaced some big, juicy themes, considerations and musings for the facilitation process.Find out about:Why dialogue can fail when it lacks the right blend of participants – often, those with conflicting opinions have the best conversationsThe importance of making power dynamics explicit to achieve inclusive participationHow tension can be embraced and managed within a space by ensuring all participants can constructively engageHow to craft questions, or conversation-starters, for impactful dialogueWhy dialogue can achieve alignment on a higher common ground, in contrast to a shared consensus, which can lead to diluted, compromised ambitionsDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Amanda Harding:LinkedInWebsiteSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
255 - The Transformative Art of Authentic Relating and Facilitation with Yaniv Rose
Feb 6 2024
255 - The Transformative Art of Authentic Relating and Facilitation with Yaniv Rose
Is there an art to creating human connection? My guest this week Yaniv Rose, would certainly say so. As an Authentic Relator, his craft lies in facilitating deeper, more meaningful connections - transforming the relationship we have with ourselves, and the one we have with others.It’s a tool for life: a grounding practice that asks us to consciously observe, fine-tune, and recalibrate our human interactions by showing up unequivocally as our truest selves. And when we rewire ourselves to honour authenticity? We can seek out new depths of intimacy, and ultimately, we learn how to be more human.Find out about:The five core practices within Authentic RelatingWhy Authentic Relating is a transformational foundation for how you approach connections with yourself and others, and how you can start practising it todayHow to connect participants to an organisation’s core values through roleplayWhy Authentic Relating as a facilitation tool can create a safe space for participants to feel seen and heardWhy workshops can fail if we stay within the realm of safety, and don’t try to make the implicit explicitDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Yaniv Rose:WebsiteInstagramLinkedInSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
254 - Are Facilitators Manipulators?
Jan 30 2024
254 - Are Facilitators Manipulators?
Master-manipulator, con-artist… facilitator? When we think of manipulation, facilitation is probably the last thing that springs to mind. We are neutral, we are trusted shepherds, we encourage emergence! So where does the line between manipulation and facilitation start, and where does it end?This week, my brilliant colleagues Thomas Lahnthaler, Cate Czerwinski, Shamir Joseph and Florentine Versteeg sat down with me to examine this ethically grey, but endlessly fascinating area.We explore manipulation in its many, inconspicuous guises: mysterious agendas, influencing the process, the facilitation tools we deploy, practising self-awareness, power dynamics and navigating participant consent.Find out about:Where manipulation and facilitation meet, overlap, and the ethical danger zones to be cautious of when facilitatingWhy manipulation in a facilitation context becomes a causal sequence of: purpose, presence, power, process, participants and play.Why practicing self-awareness and presence is crucial to be able to navigate the needs of the group, the client, and yourselfThe power we possess as facilitators, and why obtaining consent at the beginning of a workshop is crucial to earning trustWhy the predefined roles that participants adopt can stifle the process and prevent new perspectives from being explored.Don’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect with the guests:Thomas LahnthalerCate CzerwinskiShamir JosephFlorentine VersteegSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
253 - Transforming Teams with the Science of Motivation with Ahmet Tamtekin
Jan 23 2024
253 - Transforming Teams with the Science of Motivation with Ahmet Tamtekin
Motivation is a complex, elusive creature. We either have it, or we don’t, right?But what if I told you, there is a science to motivation, after all? And motivation mogul Ahmet Tamtekin has cracked its code! His passion project for coaching led him to discover his life’s purpose: motivation, how we experience it, how to read it as a language, and how to inspire it in others. He now uses the wonders of neuroscience to tap into our wildly differing motivators, to boost team performance and get the best out of people.In this episode, Ahmet brings his passion and charisma into every corner of our conversation, sharing curious new tricks, tools and avenues to explore in both our facilitation practice and everyday lives. I promise that episode 253 will be a real treat for your mind!Find out about:Where motivation fits within the practice of facilitationWhy a good facilitator can both read and feed the nuances of motivations in the room for the greatest impactPersonality tests can reveal how you naturally behave, while motivation uncovers why you behave that way, giving us the power to change our behavioursMotivation can be an expression, or a language, that we speak to our loved ones – and sometimes, we must look beyond to understand their languageDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Ahmet Tamtekin:LinkedInWebsiteSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
252 - Lessons from a movie producer on facilitating events with Stoyan Yankov
Jan 16 2024
252 - Lessons from a movie producer on facilitating events with Stoyan Yankov
And, action! This week, Stoyan Yankov takes us on a journey from behind the clapperboard to discuss the fascinating symmetries between movie production and facilitation.The world of cinema can be unpredictable, filled with plot twists, creative agendas and diverse characters, and when the metaphorical smoke-machine breaks, it requires a sixth sense for when to keep the camera rolling, and when to end scene.Stoyan joins us with all the learnings, stories and curiosities he’s collected in his back pocket from his career to date - from movie producer, to facilitator and talented TedX speaker. Sit back and enjoy!Find out about:What a movie producer can teach us about facilitation – from managing a diverse array of personalities, to mastering adaptation, and being vehicles of transformationThe best movie productions – and workshops – are often the ones when the producer is most invisible, giving everyone else a platform to feel seen and heardJust like move producers, master facilitators should sense when a tangent is worth pursuing, and when to redirect the conversationWhy the early stages of our career are rich playgrounds for learning, growth and experimentationAs facilitators, circumstances will always lie beyond our control, but it’s our attitude towards what is within our control, that countsHow a 1-hour speech can transform someone’s life, giving them new perspectives to considerDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit http://skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Stoyan Yankov:LinkedInWebsite Support the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
251 - Harmonizing Teams: Collective Song-Writing as a Workshop Tool with Sam McNeill
Jan 9 2024
251 - Harmonizing Teams: Collective Song-Writing as a Workshop Tool with Sam McNeill
We all speak the language of music. It’s life’s medicine, a beautiful escape when we need one, and it feeds our soul in ways that feel, somehow, inexplicable.But there is of course method to the magic. Musician, vocalist, singer, and songwriter Sam McNeill has been singing all his life – from the Sydney Opera House, to the heavyweight headquarters of Spotify - he now works as a musical facilitator for SongDivision, bonding teams all over the world through the science of music.In their songwriting workshops, deep reflections take place, honesty emerges in the lyrics, and teams are given a new voice to creatively express values and reveal the unspoken.Press play and treat your ears to this fascinating episode with Sam as he shares his personal experiences as a performer, offering a unique platform for us to examine the intersection of music and facilitation. You’ll learn:Why songwriting is a powerful tool for teams to express themselves, encourage discussion and strengthen bondsHow music can remove hierarchy, putting employees on a level playing field in a workshop settingThe science behind music: how activating the prefrontal cortex can enhance creativity and set the scene for fruitful collaborationWhy failure is a better outcome than impartiality, offering us learnings for improvementThe parallels that lie between an artist’s performance and that of a facilitatorWhy a lack of clarity around what success looks like in a workshop can cause failureHow musical genres can help teams or organisations to better define themselvesDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.The episode with Rich Goidel we referred to on the show.Connect to Sam McNeill:LinkedInSongDivisionSupport the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
250 - Crafting Impactful Learning Experiences with Military Precision with Pat D’Amico
Jan 2 2024
250 - Crafting Impactful Learning Experiences with Military Precision with Pat D’Amico
From the US Military, to the world of professional coaching, my guest this week is not only an ex-army officer, but an executive coach, leadership mentor, facilitator, and an inexorably passionate learner.At aged 17, Pat D’Amico was enlisted into Valley Forge Military Academy where he went on to serve in multiple humanitarian and combat deployments around the world. But it was here in military training, that his personal leadership journey began. It shaped him into the exceptional facilitator that he is today, teaching him the lifelong discipline of continuous learning, the importance of being passionate, and why knowing your stuff should be approached with military precision.Pat takes us on a fascinating expedition this week into powerful course design, the world of leadership training, why practical training will always triumph over classroom learning – and much, much more!Find out about:Pat’s learnings from his time in the military and how army training has helped him to become a better facilitator, mentor and coachThe importance of mastering your content, and how facilitation mastery and content quality complement each other Why it’s important to listen to the high performers, instead of the low performers to understand organisational challengesLearn practical tips on how participants can retain and apply key learnings after a workshop has concludedWhy creating a safe environment for participants to make mistakes is so valuablePassion, content customisation, and relatability are crucial for a workshop to succeedDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Pat D’Amico:LinkedInSupport the show: Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
249 - Facilitators in the Role of Participants – Insights from the NDB Festival 2023
Dec 26 2023
249 - Facilitators in the Role of Participants – Insights from the NDB Festival 2023
This episode is a special one! You’re invited to time travel back to the NeverDoneBefore Festival, and join me in my virtual podcast boat where I speak to six of our talented facilitators over the 24-hour event: Becky Sawle, Sonja Sinz, Mirjam Leunissen, Célia Rene Corail, Etrit Shkreli and Marianne Oh. It’s a jam-packed journey, full of rich, multifaceted wisdom; each conversation offers a fascinating and thoughtful perspective, making the next hour and a half an exploration into facilitation as a whole, in its many wondrous forms.We talk about the balance between structure and emergence, we find unexpected learnings in a Christian Andersen folktale and teachings from a Hindu goddess, we delve into embodiment, trust, costumes, language and neutrality, and how we can support neurodiversity in workshop settings. Phew, it’s a whistle-stop tour!Find out about:How costumes can create a safe space to tap into our creativityThe balance between structure and emergence that appears through co-creation, and how to navigate the twoWhy conflict isn’t necessarily a bad thing; when you lean into it, we can strengthen relationshipsWhy as a facilitator, we are the ultimate source of energy, transferring our feelings and emotions to the groupHow to use embodiment to shift moods, develop new behaviours, and why observing a deeper connection with our body is a journey into self-discoveryWhy we can draw inspiration from Shiva and Kali in Hindu mythology, to find the balance between presence and actionHow facilitators can balance diverse needs and preferences to support neurodiversity Don’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to the guests on LinkedIn:Becky Sawle Sonja SinzMirjam LeunissenCélia Rene CorailEtrit Shkreli Marianne OhSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
248 - Facilitape: Enhance Workshop Experiences using Tape with Matthias Lenssen
Dec 19 2023
248 - Facilitape: Enhance Workshop Experiences using Tape with Matthias Lenssen
My guest this week is not an artist, nor a designer, but a facilitaper. A self-confessed chaotic creative, Matthias Lenssen has honed his craft over the past 10 years, finding creative freedom and wonderous new ways to facilitate with a bare wall and simple rolls of coloured tape.His workshops spark curiosity among participants, encourage exploration of movement, illustrate stories and ideas, and establish creative parameters. In the process, Matthias transforms his spaces into an interactive playground that becomes a Third Facilitator, masterfully assisting him in his delivery.Many, many rolls later, we are lucky enough to share in his art. In this episode, he generously offers his tips on how you too can become a facilitaper, and why tape is a versatile and expressive tool to add to your facilitation toolbox.You’ll learn:How the physical space of the workshop rooms can become a Third Facilitator by establishing spatial boundaries, guiding participants and setting the atmosphereHow the role of tape can transform workshops into creative, interactive playgrounds, by illustrating stories and ideas, and turning walls into immersive canvasesHow to use tape for team building exercises, such as The Triangle of Common ThingsWhy tape can be a powerful tool for prototyping your own workshopsDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Matthias Lenssen:On LinkedInOn InstagramExplore Matthias' businessSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
247 - Dare to Facilitate! with Jenny Theolin
Dec 12 2023
247 - Dare to Facilitate! with Jenny Theolin
Most of us live our lives in a natural, psychological state of comfort. It’s cushioned, it’s safe - it’s what we know. But what happens when we dare to seek out the unknown? When we raise our heads above the parapet of comfort?Jenny Theolin dares to live her life in this space. As a facilitator, she braves the difficult questions, has a sixth sense for when to change course, and has curated a toolkit of techniques that intuitively challenge participants to yield the greatest impact. After all, it’s in the pivots, in the furrowed faces, in the zone of discomfort, that we grow. And the more we dare, the further we go!She joins me in this episode as we explore the possibilities that unfurl when we test our perceived limits, the concept of innovation mashups, and why effective workshops are challenging, and dare I say, uncomfortable.Find out about:How to become more daring as a facilitator by seeking out experimentationWhere to find new inspiration, brave ideas, and facilitation techniquesWhy workshops can fail when participants feel too comfortable – often, the best facilitators know how to explore discomfort in fruitful waysWhy adhering to rigid timelines, processes or schedules can stifle the organic, fluid nature of meaningful learning experiencesWhy workshops can produce a ripple effect of value – the true benefits manifesting themselves to participants weeks, months, or even years laterDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Jenny:Jenny’s studioJenny’s bookInstagram Dare to Facilitate InstagramLinkedInSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map
246 - Navigating the New Normal: Challenges and Opportunities of Remote Leadership with Stephan Dohrn
Dec 6 2023
246 - Navigating the New Normal: Challenges and Opportunities of Remote Leadership with Stephan Dohrn
The fundamental skills of leadership have changed in the 2020s. Whether you’re brand-new to a leadership role or a seasoned veteran, the remote work boom has added a new layer of complexity to your work.What does it mean to lead in a virtual space and how can we connect, communicate, and inspire others without that face-to-face contact? Stephan Dohrn has been asking these questions for longer than most. In fact, they have been key to his work with Radical Inclusion, Remote-how, and his own consulting business.He joins me in this episode to explain and explore the changing face of leadership in the age of remote work, the new skills that are needed, and how we can facilitate teams and their leaders into happier, more productive remote working arrangements.Find out about:Why leadership — and the work of those under leaders — is more habitual than we realiseHow to make a team gel because of (not in spite of) their different working stylesWhy traditional, ‘static’ teams are becoming outdatedHow remote work has made leadership easier and more fruitful, as well as its challengesWhat to do when ‘team building activities’ don’t appeal to individuals within a teamTools and tips for facilitating team conversations without in-person connectionsDon’t miss the next episode: subscribe to the show with your favourite podcast player.And download the free 1-page summary, so you can always have the key points of this episode to hand.Put the episode's best takeaways into practice with Skillding. Visit skillding.com/workshop to begin your journey from learning to doing. Track your progress as you hone your new skills. Start now!Links:Watch the video recording of this episode on YouTube.Connect to Stephan:On LinkedIn.Explore Stephan’s businessSupport the show:Make a one-off donation and contribute to the ongoing costs of running the podcast.Support the showCheck out the podcast map to see the overview of all podcast episodes: https://workshops.work/podcast-map