Tag: Facilitation

Building rapport

14 August 2009 0

I wonder what comes to mind, about facilitation,  when you look at this photo? I’d be interested in your interpretation. I see rapport building – an essential, but elusive part of facilitating that takes some effort to build and can be lost in a moment. I understand rapport to be developing a human connection with…

By Viv McWaters


13 August 2009 0

Last year, Anne Pattillo and I started up a new business together – Facilitating With Confidence. We’d tried our hands at facilitation training before and became frustrated when people learnt enough to ask us to come and do the tricky gigs, but didn’t have enough confidence to have a go themselves, even though we knew…

By Viv McWaters

20 Questions for facilitators

9 August 2009 0

When I meet with a client to talk about a facilitation gig, I have some key questions I ask. Not in any particular order, and not all are needed avery time. I usually say very little to begin with, wanting to hear in my client’s own words what they want. I’m listening for clues, for…

By Viv McWaters

Closings: What’s the point?

28 October 2008 0

Both conferences I attended recently finished with Open Space, which meant the closing of the space and the conference happened at the same time using some variation of a ‘talking stick’ ritual: whoever has the stick talks, everyone else listens. Inevitably people have to leave early – to catch flights, attend to other commitments, because…

By Viv McWaters