There are many reasons why people and organisations bring me in to facilitate their events. Many recognise it can be tricky to maintain impartiality and keep a clear overview, others want to participate in the event and may also want an element of learning and development brought to the process. Whatever your reason, the core question needs to be, 'what do you want to achieve?' With that in place, we can work together to devise a structure, process and style that is tailored to your requirements.
I've designed and facilitated all kinds of events with aims and outcomes that range from team development to corporate strategy and from conflict resolution to appreciation of different parties' contributions. I regularly use a number of approaches in these settings - from action learning and group coaching at one end of the scale to an open space approach, plenary sessions and coordinating a team of facilitators at the other.
As an example, I facilitated an away day for the executive team of a highly successful private company with the aims of building mutual understanding, resolving some knotty issues and also agreeing aspects of strategy for the year ahead. In one day they managed to cover this ground, make some key decisions and do all that in an honest, human manner. The chair of the board offered the following feedback,
"I thought Jamie did a first class job last week. It was one of the best events of this sort in which I have ever participated. My thanks to him."
Which was very nice.
Another example is a team-development event for the Graduate School of a UK university. (No, that's not them in the photo) The day included discussions and exercises that raised, and then made practical, their common understanding of change, culture, values and sense of direction, as well as allowing the group to get to know each other in a different setting. The outputs from this very practical and enjoyable day included a clear statement about their direction and values as well as a mutual commitment to put these into practice and celebrate their successes.
Which was also very nice.
What would you like from your event?