Online facilitation remains facilitation, with some extra points of attention
I thought long and hard, considered various options and played them off against each other. In the end there is only one conclusion: online facilitating remains facilitation, even if all contact is digital. It becomes more complex, yes, but there are always solutions. Just as there are types of meeting rooms, there are different video systems, with or without simple options for subgroups. There are also different platforms for digital brainstorming and people prefer to work with ‘what they are used to’. The experience of time is different and we need to use that.
Also offline facilitation needs a post-COVID translation
There are meetings that can (still) take place offline. Also that context has become more complex: 1,5 meter distance, energizers without touching each other, … all kinds of factors which influence the process. Can we combine that with some participants ‘calling in’ ?
Here too : there are solutions for everything !
Always a pleasure to mentor teams together with Lara! Her enthusiasm and transparency open doors that would remain closed to many others. In a direct but respectful way she names the dynamics she hears, sees and feels. In this way she guides the communication to the real themes. Themes that result in concrete agreements and the trust on which teams are built.
Frans van de Ven – Executive Coach and Talent Strategy Advisor
We called on Lara to put together an online event with all our staff. On a technical level, it gave us comfort/relief to work with someone with experience. On a content level, Lara was great: she thought along and sensed very well what could ‘work’ during an event and what could be done differently or better. At the same time, she did not lose sight of the direction by indicating when we could be creative and when it was time to test…
The result: pleasantly surprised staff members who remember the event with a smile!
Tom Kesenne HR Manager Mutas
As HR manager, I wanted to guide a discussion in the management team. It was an HR topic and the chance that I would quickly be sucked INTO the discussion was very high. Together with Lara I prepared a scenario which enabled me to remain in the role of facilitator … The management team had a valuable conversation and I had the necessary input to continue!
Chris Horemans – HR Manager
From Lara I learned that energizers are fun, and really meant to get participants ‘into the right energy’: focus, connection, listening,…. Not my own words, but a useful question to determine how we start.
Brechtje Desplentere – Plantrekker