The Power of Facilitated Networking
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The Power of Facilitated Networking



This powerpoint presentation was used at our January 2014 PINs workshop "The Power of Facilitated Networking" with Tammy Neilson from Creating Realities.

This powerpoint presentation was used at our January 2014 PINs workshop "The Power of Facilitated Networking" with Tammy Neilson from Creating Realities.



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  • 1. S The Power of Facilitated Networking Presented by Tammy Neilson, Creating Realities
  • 2. S "Technology of relationships” - If you hold as true that each interaction with another human being is an opportunity for authentic engagement or relationship, that interaction is enhanced. Craig and Patricia Neal- The Art of Convening
  • 3. Workshop Objectives: S To explore the difference between facilitating a meeting and convening a gathering S To understand how to design and host a powerful membership meeting that facilitates connection S To practice designing an event from start to finish! S To walk away feeling inspired and ready to lead effective and dynamic association meetings
  • 4. Workshop Agenda: 10:10-10:45 Welcome & Overview 10:45-11:30 Facilitation 101 11:30-12:00 Convening Wheel & Process 12:00-1:00 Lunch & Networking 1:00-1:30 Tools in Action 1:30-2:30 Live Demo 2:30-3:00 Integration
  • 5. Connecting: • Introduce yourself to your partner • Share what questions you have around facilitated networking with your partner • Rotate to a new partner & repeat • Last time, rotate, repeat & write down the questions!
  • 6. Facilitation 101 What is a facilitator? Someone who uses some level of intuitive or explicit knowledge of group processes: S to formulate and deliver a formal or informal process S to ensure effective and productive meeting dynamics S to allow participants to focus on content

  • 7. Facilitation 101 Continue… S to match the design with the intended outcome S to help a group achieve what they want or need to do S to help a group get where they want or need to go S to help ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all participants
  • 8. Why do we need facilitators? S To ensure a range of possibilities are explored S To stay on task S To allow full participation by everyone S To ensure neutrality S To build cohesiveness S To stimulate creativity S To deliver on desired outcomes
  • 9. 3 basic facilitation principles: #1: S A facilitator is a guide to help people move through a process together, not the seat of wisdom and knowledge. That means a facilitator isn't there to give opinions, but to draw out opinions and ideas of the group members.
  • 10. 3 basic facilitation principles: #2: S Facilitation focuses on how people participate in the process of learning or planning, not just on what gets achieved
  • 11. 3 basic facilitation principles: #3: S A facilitator is neutral and never takes sides
  • 12. Leaders today! “One way to encapsulate the leadership required to create an alternative future is to consider the leader as primarily a convener—not leader as special person, but leader as a citizen, sometimes with legitimate power, willing to do those things that can initiate something new in the world.” Quote by Peter Block
  • 13. S Convening Wheel From the book Art of Convening by Craig and Patricia Neal
  • 14. 9 Aspects of Convening: 1. At the Heart of the Matter – What is important to your association members? 2. Clarifying Intent – What is the purpose of your gathering? Why are you asking your members to come? 3. The Invitation – What are your offering? How can your members engage?
  • 15. 9 Aspects of Convening: 4. Setting Context – What do you need to tell your members about the gathering, the process and purpose? 5. Creating the Container – What process, design and space do you need to achieve your gathering intentions? 6. Hearing All the Voices – What design or process can you utilize as a convener to make sure everyone is heard?
  • 16. 9 Aspects of Convening: 6. Essential Conversation – What questions can you ask to offer meaningful engagement and exchange? 7. Creation – What do you need to let go of to allow new ideas, creations and relationships to emerge? 8. Commitment to Action – What actions are your members leaving committed to or investing in?
  • 17. Powerful Questions!!! Key to any good convening is the art of asking powerful questions. Please use the following resources to expand your convening question; 1. Powerful-Questions.pdf 2. F
  • 18. Facilitating vs. Convening Facilitating S Understanding the goals of the meeting and the organization S Keeping the group on the agenda and moving forward S Involving everyone in the meeting, including drawing out the quiet participants and controlling the domineering ones S Making sure that decisions are made democratically Convening S Convening is the art and science of gathering and holding people for the sake of the best possible outcome S Convening, or "technology of relationships," delivers a practical and essential methodology for transformational engagements. S Convened gatherings enhances and maximizes business and organizational performance by strengthening relationships, buy-in, accountability and commitment
  • 19. S World Café By the World Café Community Foundation
  • 20. Sociometry S Sociometry is a quantitative method for measuring social relationships. It was developed by Jacob Moreno Jacob in his studies of the relationship between social structures and psychological well-being. S Sociometry is defined as "the inquiry into the evolution and organization of groups and the position of individuals within them. Sociometric explorations reveal the hidden structures that give a group its form: the alliances, the subgroups, the hidden beliefs, the forbidden agendas, the ideological agreements, the ‘stars’ of the show."
  • 21. Action Mapping Tools for unpacking connections within your memberships: A. Mapping – laying out of the floor different responses to a relevant question. E.g. which companies are represented in the room or what roles within health care do we represent? B. Continuum – laying out any question that can be measured on a continuum. E.g. history within the association, one end is the beginning (2010) to present (2014)
  • 22. Action Mapping C. Four corners – using the four corners of a room to explore choices or needs amongst your members. E.g. support with career management (1-leads in my sector, 2-feedback on my CV, 3-information on trends, 4-interview preparation and always have in the centre of the room, other) D. Circle – standing as a group in a circle, you can call out questions or needs one at a time. If members relate or have this need they can step in. E.g. challenge with understanding the culture within my organization.
  • 23. Action Mapping E. Stand beside– to explore previous connections in the room. E.g. you can ask members to stand beside the person(s) in the room they have an existing connection or relationships with. F. Strengths mapping – great for associations. Utilizing the first mapping exercise to map out on the floor the needed resources within your network. People can then go stand on or between that which they can offer this association.
  • 24. Group Demo Unpacking our learnings together Step #1: Choose one association to be our demo Step #2: Walk through the convening wheel to map out and plan a members gathering Step #3: Share in our learnings and integrate some of the tools we explored today!
  • 25. Taking it away! 1. What learning goals and hopes did you come with today? 2. What are you taking away with you? 3. What is your first step after today?