Category: Moderator/Facilitation Tips

Moderator/Facilitation Tips

The Essential Five Forum Emails

Every Forum has a different communication rhythm between meetings. Some email and group chat frequently, which is a best practice, while others only email what …

Grab The Void
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Grab The Void

In normal Forum flow, after someone finishes talking, there is usually a small gap of silence, which I’m calling The Void. Us humans don’t like …

Opening Pulse
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Opening Pulse

It’s good to start each Forum meeting with an opening pulse to get a sense of where everyone is at mentally, emotionally, and physically. The …

Moderators Should Go First
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Moderators Should Go First

When a moderator sets up an activity/warm up question, it’s a good practice to go first for three main reasons: It gives an example to …

Partner
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Partner Sharing

When pairing two people up to answer a question, let them know they will be answering different questions. Because if you pair them up and …

No One Likes Ice Breakers
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No One Likes Ice Breakers

When you say the word Ice Breaker, most people groan. So don’t say it. It’s a tainted word. Instead use phrases like “You have an …

Tell Stories Not Facts
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Tell Stories Not Facts

“When we hear a fact, a few isolated areas of our brain light up, translating words and meanings. When we hear a story, however, our …

Avoid Clicky Pens
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Avoid Clicky Pens

I love a good clicky pen, but during a training, I was doing today, I realized how annoying they are when the whole room has …

Room Temp
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Room Temp

David Letterman lowered his Late Show studio temperature to a chilly 55 degrees before going onstage. He experimented with room temperatures in the 1980s and …