Facilitating High-Impact Workshops with Joost de Leij

Workshops.Work · February 21, 2024

About Track

Joost de Leij has delivered over one thousand workshops, from informal group sessions to extensive work with the largest businesses worldwide. In that time, he’s learned a thing or two about effective facilitation.

This episode looks at the micro and macro of effective facilitation and how we can design workshops to deliver maximum impact. Sometimes, that can mean negotiating complicated power structures. Other times, it can mean choosing the right activities for the group. The rest of the time, it’s something we never expect or plan for!

Join us for an interrogation of power; a host of practical tips and advice; and some remarkable reflections, stories, and predictions for the future.

Find out about:

  • The unique challenges of working with leadership teams
  • Why non-attendance always damages the group, but can prove fatal when done by a leader
  • How facilitators can use AI to complement their preparation and in-workshop phases 
  • What changes when you encourage conflict to emerge in the room
  • Why Joost often asks groups to imagine themselves as a sailing ship — and how you can adopt this activity yourself 
  • How Joost uses approaches including LEGO Serious Play in his workshops
  • Why asking participants to write their own workshop summaries can be a shortcut to action

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About Creator


The world is waking up to the power of facilitation. Whether it's hosting a workshop, holding better meetings, or leading happy and productive teams - we want to make collaboration easy and effective. Dr. Myriam Hadnes is the founder of NeverDoneBefore, a global online facilitation community and festival, and this is her podcast. 'workshops work' is 50% sandbox and 50% classroom, a safe space for anyone interested in facilitation to learn more about the craft. Each week, a professional facilitator, trainer, or coach joins Myriam to discuss their interests and experiences in the world of facilitation. The conversations are open, and honest, and make facilitation understandable and accessible to all.Get practical tips and advice from a raft of experts and uncover the magic ingredients that make workshops work. You can download a free 1-page summary of each episode on https://workshops.work/podcast

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