We are too! Stop the madness of painful meetings!
We love to change up meetings and events, such as:
Here's how and the very effective tools we utilize to make group gatherings more exciting, productive, engaging and substantially worth everyone's time.
Allison timing an exercise and gently nudging with tingsha bells.
With creativity and purposeful design, your in-person events can be adapted to virtual settings better than you can imagine or have ever experienced virtually.
Stop having bad virtual meetings! There's a better way.
Here's a sneak peek behind the scenes of my studio where I teach live and professionally facilitate virtual meetings. The studio is equipped with studio lighting, Logitech BRIO webcam, overhead camera, dual monitors, intriguing background set, music, timer, adjustable Varidesk (I stand for almost all my meetings), flipchart, Graphic Wally and other analogue tools to enhance visuals and participation.
In the role of facilitator, we help you make meetings more effective and meaningful for everyone. If you think all facilitators are the same, we will surprise you with our ingenious and inviting approach. First, we work extensively to understand your situation before the event: What are your expectations? What are you trying to accomplish? What challenges are holding you back? Who will be attending? What are the expectations of participants? This discovery helps us to customize your agenda, meeting flow, participant involvement and tools as your genuine partner in creating the best meeting ever!
Plus... we facilitate in-person and virtually!
We begin by understanding your event purpose and goals. From there we devise a Design Storyboard and review options for reimagining traditional approaches. Then we work with you on the facility, meeting space, materials and set up.
What's really cool is that we teach you new tools and coach along the way, yielding refreshing, productive and high-value experiences for groups of any size. People who attend are more than attendees, they are invited to be active participants and engaged in meaningful ways.
Liberating Structures, developed by Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz, transform how people interact and work together in order to achieve better results. These tools are designed to include and engage everyone to speak, listen, participate and contribute to the group. No need for mind-numbing activities when these tools can be utilized to take your group to higher levels of success and teamwork.
Liberating Structures start with something so simple and essential as not to seem worth doing and end with something so powerful and profound that it hardly seems possible.
Visual facilitation marries skilled facilitation with the benefits of visual thinking: big-picture, real-time visual displays creating a shared picture where groups literally see what they are saying and uncover previously unseen patterns. We digitize our visuals for use in reports, presentations, or other mediums. We can even create electronic tools, such as icons, infographics and templates customized for your needs.
Although you may think it's all about drawing, it's really about cultivating thinking in visual terms, organizing information and asking thought-provoking questions in a manner that makes your meetings highly-productive.
Listen to Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless, co-developers of this innovative approach, describe Liberating Structures and what makes these tools simple, subtle, and powerful.
People's pattern-seeking brains are fascinated by unfolding drama of live recording. Most people identify with their own words and symbols. When people get visual feedback that they are heard, they feel acknowledged and contribute more fully. They feel respected.
VIsual displays support seeing relationships and big patterns. It's a tool for systems thinking and making sense out of complex data. Visualization supports both seeing themes and seeing gaps. Displays allow groups to work both linearly and non-linearly - activating both left and right sides of the brain. Panoramas support an appreciation of context and complexity while graphic metaphors explicitly build shared meaning.
Research shows that people retain around 65% of what they see and only 15% of what they hear, but 80% combined. A common picture enhances group alignment. Visuals create an accessible record for review, revision and retention.
"TadZo brought expertise, ideas, motivation and a well thought out game plan to the table every time they met with us. I have never seen focus groups cover so much ground in such a short period of time. I know when facilitation seems effortless, like it did each time Allison walked into the room, that a lot of hard work and attention to detail actually occurred behind the scenes. If you want your company, organization or community to move forward, look no further than this team."
"I attended a strategy session led by Allison Larsen and I was captivated by her ability to lead such a diverse group of individuals with such varying perspectives to consensus. She also has a real knack for taming egos in a respectful manner to get to the end goal."
"Allison has an uncanny ability to shake things up and challenge the status quo. It has been refreshing and she changed the mindset of some with certain opinions held for who knows how long. It was a fun process, and informative as well.
Allison has a way to make things interactive."
"Allison graphically facilitated the Oklahoma Governor's Economic Development Marketing Team through a fun and extremely beneficial strategic planning retreat. Her innovative approach kept everyone engaged discussing a historical perspective of our 50-year history and created a vision for the future."
"Allison's work has allowed OEDA to bring synergy to our economic development training curriculum and elevate the learning that takes place. It has added deep value to our program and to those that participate in it."