In my last post I mentioned visualisation. This is my main way of preparing for a workshop. Once I have a general idea of what I will be doing I visualise myself doing it. Step by step. I rehearse what I will say. This most often happens when I’m immersed in something else – walking, riding my bike, swimming laps in the pool, sleeping (OK, not sleeping, but resting).
It’s doing this visualisation process that I often identify something I may need. It also alerts me to what I’m not really prepared for and suggests a bit of extra thinking or exploration may be in order.
There’s no one right way to prepare for facilitating. I tried writing a script for a long while but it just didn’t work as well, for me, as visualising. How do you prepare?