Partnering with individuals, groups and organisations to develop healthy human dynamics
with potent and practical ways of working together
Our core meeting services
(we do our thing and you do yours, together)
The act of convening a group is an act of leadership. It takes courage, skill and a good dose of humility, to enable people to work well collectively.
No one knows your business and what you want to achieve better than you do and we know groups and how they connect and collaborate most effectively.
You bring your business know-how and we bring our group skills and
when we put them together, it's magic!
We have extensive experience of designing and facilitating all kinds of meetings and workshops including: team building events; project kick-offs; strategic planning; innovation and creativity forums; partnership and multi-stakeholder meetings - either internally or between different companies - and learning sessions. You name it, we've probably done it.
We can bring all this to support you, at whatever level of involvement you need from us.
When you have an important meeting where the stakes are high, or you just want a more effective everyday meeting, we can work alongside you - either in person or online - by providing a professional facilitator for:
Meeting agenda design & facilitation – guiding how people work together to get the most from every session on the agenda
Digital support – handling all the 'technical stuff' in virtual or hybrid meetings so you don't need to worry about it
Graphic recording – producing real-time visuals and graphics to support the work in the group and create outputs that also support what comes next
Supporting you to do it better yourself.
When you want a meeting or workshop you're leading to be magical, could use someone to be your wing-person, and want to to learn as you go, we can support you with:
Co-design – we work behind the scenes with you to develop a creative and robust design for you to use in leading your session
Co-facilitation – we can support you in your meeting, technically or otherwise, from the co-pilot's seat
Pattern spotting – you have a sense your meetings could be better but don't know exactly where to start or what might help
Do you feel like you're not getting the best out of how you collaborate but don't know how to change it up?
Would you like some ideas before committing to something bigger or longer-term with your team?
We can help!
Provide a video of one of your regular meetings (or at least the beginning and the end), we'll have a look, and give you a detailed report with some quick and easy-to-apply ideas to improve your everyday meetings, immediately.
We'll also offer some pointers for how you might like to work on this in an ongoing way.
Large Group Events
There is huge potential power in convening a large group of people. This power lies in the breadth of work that's possible in a large group and the impact it can have.
Unleashing this potential requires a different way of working, that traditional conferencing and standard meeting practice does not achieve.
Typically, in business meetings or conferences, when 20 or more people get together, the focus is on finding inspirational speakers to motivate people by sharing their stories. Or spending time presenting updates and sharing information with each other.
Whilst powerful stories can spark interest and inspire people, listening is too passive to create any sustainable changes in behaviour and, therefore, any sustainable impact in a team or an organisation.
The power of a large group lies not only in scale, but also in the ability to involve the whole group, bring together diverse perspectives, and enable work on complex organisational challenges.
There is an art and science to working with large groups that is different from small group facilitation.
Whether it’s using an existing approach like Open Space Technology, World Cafés, Geek Speed Sessions, Future Searches or designing something entirely tailored, we are equipped to do what’s needed to ignite the power in large groups.
Features of powerful large group interventions include that:
They are part of a journey - not just isolated events, but part of an overall process, with work leading into and out of them.
Collaboration starts before the event - how the event is designed and prepared for is part of the intervention – prepare the ground by engaging people appropriately.
They focus on real work & learning from the work - the design is aimed at harnessing the wisdom of the group to do work that no one individual could do. The nature of working this way means everyone in the system participates, contributes and learns.