Not before time, I’ve tried to set out what I want from the course – thanks Sarah for the nudge 😉
I think there are broadly four areas I want to explore through the course. To set some background, the huge majority of my facilitation since I became freelance has been for fairly structured workshops. I see some delegates delegates more than once, and sometimes a workshop may be a follow on from an earlier one, but often they’re standalone. Their purpose is usually sharing experience. And I act as an agent for my client organisation, so I get brought in to refine the agenda and then run the workshop. The ratio of physical to online workshops is about 80:20.
- I’d like to do more in the creative problem solving area, though I think that might be challenging to do online.
- I’m also interested in how one works with a group for a series of workshops or other interactions. Again, online makes that more “interesting”.
- And I want to improve my online presence – more and better work-related tweets, a regular blog that addresses interaction (broadening out facilitation, meetings and workshops) and IT. So I’m hoping, by practice on the course and by exposure to more “professional” bloggers and tweeters, to find a good rhythm for my online postings and a better (more appropriate?) writing style.
- And lastly, I’m also interested in facilitating asynchronous interactions and groups.
So, what help would help? I think some of what I’m looking for I can probably work out – it may even be just a matter of systematising things I already know but haven’t quite realised that I do. But having a periodic challenge from someone else to make me reflect or to suggest a direction I may not have spotted would keep me on track. Plus I’d really appreciate critiques of my postings on style as well as content. And last, but not least, the occasional nag if I appear to have gone quiet 😉
Having said “last” already, here’s the real last thing for this post. This course looks designed to be very interactive, with all of us participants contributing to each other’s work. Blog posting is not just for the sake of it, but to help our fellow students on their journeys. I hope I make the time to do this for everyone.