For all you facilitators out there struggling with how to design a really engaging and productive workshop you might want to channel the wisdom and experience of Stewart Pearson, PR/Communications Guru from ‘The Thick Of It’.
First of all start with some ‘mental housekeeping’ so that people ‘respect the free space of the circle’. Now you are ready to go ‘truffling in the forest of ideas’. Ensure that people don’t ‘burst the thought bubble’ as you encourage participants to let go and have lots of ‘ideagasms’. Depending on what comes up you might want to take the best suggestions and ‘McIntyre’ them or ‘architecturalise’ them into a more structured form. If no-one has throttled you by this stage you might think about slipping out unnoticed and getting your invoice in before the client sees the feedback sheets.