Category: Tips, hints and advice

6 Feb

Brainstorming v storming the brain.

Brainstorming has long been a feature of interactive sessions and while it certainly has its uses, it is often used for the wrong purpose. I’m grateful for an article in Silas Amos’s excellent Design Gazzette blog, where he takes a wry and sceptical look at brainstorming. He endorsed my view that brainstorming is not a
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6 Feb

Roles people play and group dynamics

In participatory groups there is tremendous dynamic energy which, if properly recognised and harnessed can help achieve objectives for both the group and the individuals concerned. However, these same forces if uncontrolled can be equally destructive and tear the group apart. One of the key dynamics relates to process and how the group gets things
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9 Jan

Is ‘death by PowerPoint’ inevitable?

It is common for trainers (and trainees!) to refer to ‘Death by Powerpoint’, and it is true that the presentation tool is most often wrongly used and rather than enhancing presentations, successfully ruins them. My preference is always to go for interactive and participatory workshops whenever possible, and the closest I ever get to didactic
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3 Dec

Working with SMEs

I find working with SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) especially rewarding: they are enthusiastic, energetic and very committed. Often the biggest problem is actually slowing them down a little: they are is such a hurry to get on with things that the planning stage is sometimes neglected. This is understandable, we’d all rather be doing
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3 Dec

Running digital workshops

Because of the very nature of digital it’s all too easy to go for the ‘chalk and talk’ route. Produce a presentation, get your stats and screen grabs, or maybe go online in real time – we all know how it goes. For a big group, that lecture format may be all you can do,
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9 Nov

Building timelines

Let’s look at a business plan as a timeline. Remember all businesses are different – your priorities differ and you may have some tasks already in hand or completed. So this is just one possible approach by me to a fictitious business plan. The first question for a timeline is, ‘Where do you begin?’ The
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9 Nov

Building timelines

Let’s look at a business plan as a timeline. Remember all businesses are different – your priorities differ and you may have some tasks already in hand or completed. So this is just one possible approach by me to a fictitious business plan. The first question for a timeline is, ‘Where do you begin?’ The
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