I have been facilitating workshops, conferences, executive meetings and away days for over 15 years.
I pride myself on an energetic and thorough approach which has seen me work with an array of international blue chip clients, professional service companies and social enterprises across the UK, Middle East and South East Asia. This list includes Virgin properties including Virgin Media, Virgin Startups, Asda, Spar Uk, Unltd, Pocklington Trust and Social Enterprise Awards.
WHAT DOES A FACILITATOR DO?
The definition of a facilitator is someone who makes an action or process easy or easier.
When I facilitate conferences, meetings or special events this is essentially what I do. Working with you and your time to ensure that the event is run in a timely manner, bringing humour and engaging the audience and thus ensuring that the outcomes of the event are met.
As an experienced facilitator, I deliver this service in three key roles.
This role is somewhat different to the conference host in that it is about guiding specific discussions such as panel interviews and breakout sessions. My role here includes amongst other things
- Setting the tone for such sessions and letting people know what is happening
- Keeping time for such sessions
- Instructing audiences about social media interaction
- Prodding delegates for direct answers around tough questions
- Where appropriate include Dorothy Dixers to invigorate debates
My role as a conference facilitator is to ensure that an independent voice is able to bring our information and make discussions inclusive for your organisation.
AWAY DAY FACILITATOR
It is not an easy task to facilitate away days. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted and yet it is one of the most rewarding roles as a facilitator. Getting buy-in from attendees is a tricky task but with careful planning and understanding from all parties great away days can work.
Whether it is an executive retreat for strategy planning and budgeting, or a whole staff retreat to bring in new products, initiatives or review the past year, my role can include the following
– Understand the dynamics of the team
– Get a sense of the venue (and where possible visit) we are working with
– Get acquainted with the unique terms/language of your organisation
– Help in the design of the actual day (Activities and breakout sessions)
– Facilitate the whole agenda of the day
– Introduce keynote speakers and presenters
– Work with audio visual team to ensure smooth running of technology
– Review visual presentations for maximum effectiveness
– Keep a visual log (cameras, video or graphic recorders) of the day
– Have a post event report and review
EXECUTIVE MEETINGS FACILITATOR
Often organisations can find themselves at an impasse because important executive and management meetings have not been planned and organised efficiently.
I have worked with a number of executive teams who have needed
– a facilitator who understands the importance of an effective agenda
– help to be precise around meetings on strategic planning, change leadership, decision making and conflict management
– design and delivery of effective agenda management
– clear communication between both executive and non-executive directors
– make sure the meetings are inclusive for both outspoken and reserved members
– coaching chairs to both open and close meetings powerfully
Executive meetings are critical to both the setting and measuring of the organisations vision and strategy. Having it facilitated by an independent who understands the dynamics of such meetings is always a bonus.
So now you know let’s work together.