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International Association of Facilitators Pro-Path

At ProMeet we are big supporters of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).

IAF is a global association of over 1500 competency certified professional facilitators. It aims to promote the power of facilitation and drive up professional standards. It's a wonderful community and we have learnt a huge amount though
becoming certified, attending conferences, and participating in MeetUps.

A new development. IAF has been developing a 'Pro-Path', essentially adding two new tiers of membership, a 'mentored' level for people new to the profession and a 'senior or master' level for facilitators who already have attained "Certified™ Professional Facilitator or CPF" status.

It will all roll out next year, but to get the headlines of this 'pro-path' you can watch this short video.


Listening - and how to improve it

Over at our other blog on Serious.Global we have published a new post on listening.

First we introduce an idea that there are five levels of listening we use day-to-day and especially in meetings.

Next we explain how LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® uses three modes of communication that results in higher levels of listening.

Finally, for facilitators familiar with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, we share how to help people listen and understand even more fully.


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10 reasons you'll love Slido

There are many audience interaction tools and technologies out there, but the one I think is the best (after having used a few) is Slido.

Let me share my 10 reasons why you should check out Slido next time you want to engage your audience.

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1. Slido helps create
participatory meetings.

2. Participants report they
enjoy using Slido. EVERY time I use Slido at least one participant comes to tell me afterwards how much they enjoyed interacting.

3. Slido Polls are a great way to quickly
understand the headline opinions in the room.

4. Slido gathers
useful data.

5.
Slido questions allow participants to ask questions when they arise (not just in the Q&A) and allow participants to ask difficult questions anonymously.

6. As a facilitator - Slido is easy to
set up before an event and use live during an event. No support needed.

7. As a participant the interface and UX is
simple and easy to use.

8. As a nerd, Slido is uses a
light weight browser, (not an app), pulls little data which means wi-fi/3G/4G networks are not hammered.

9. The team at Slido have worked hard and continue to do so to
constantly improve the product.

10. Above all else the Slido team are a pleasure to do business with, values driven people who believe audiences should have a voice and events should be participative.

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For transparency I have not been made an ambassador for Slido but honestly if I were, I'd willingly take that role.

Find out more at
Slido.


SeriousWork - Book Preface

Here is the preface from the book published by ProMeet, "Serious Work: How To Facilitate Meetings & Workshops Using The Lego® Serious Play® Method"

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On becoming a Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF)

In December this year I completed a certification process with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). To become certified, the IAF require applicants to complete a two part process where candidates apply and provide written evidence and testimonial.

The written evidence is assessed against the six core competencies and successful candidates are then invited to the CPF assessment which consists of two interviews and candidates must facilitate a peer reviewed demonstration workshop.
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New Book: Serious Work

Very exciting news.

ProMeet has published its first book.

Read more at
www.Serious.Global or read two reviews below.

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ProMeet. A 2016 Facilitation Impact Award Winner

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IAF Regional Director Trevor Durnford and IAF Member Bruce Rowling present Sean Blair with the Facilitation Impact Award.

LEGO®, Dialogue and new meeting tools help leading college get a top UK value added score

ProMeet together with client, Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) have received a Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).
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Clean Language Ice Breaker

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Clean Language is a framework to ask questions without pre-suppositions.

Because sometimes questions are far from 'clean', we might inadvertently disguise opinions inside questions, and therefore partly determine the response of the person being asked the question.
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Benefits of Lego® Serious Play®

In the first 90 seconds of this video, Sean explains the four benefits of using Lego® Serious Play® in meetings and workshops.

Benefits of Lego® Serious Play®
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Playcamp

I ran an introduction to Lego Serious Play at 'Playcamp' yesterday.

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Participants asked for the slides, so you can view or download the deck here:



Finally you can
see 10 case studies of Lego Serious Play in action here.

And join can
join the Lego Serious Play Meet Up group for deeper workshop experiences.

Happy playing!

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