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The IAF handbook of group facilitation

This handbook offers the need-to-know basics in the field brought together by 50 leading practitioners and scholars. It includes successful strategies and methods, foundations, and resources for anyone who works with groups.



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Virtual characters have real impact

Research from the US psychologist Blascovich shows that humans in virtual environments behave exactly the same towards virtual people as they do towards real people in the real world. Even if those computer animations do not look very realistic. It seems that the human mind has a built in mechanism to react in a social way. Writes Blascovitch It is nearly impossible, not to be fooled.

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Sleeping improves memory

More and more scientists are getting convinced sleep is not a waste of time.

Building teams takes conflict

To become a close group, there are inevitable phases any group has to go through: The Orientation phase,  the Conflict phase, the Integration phase and the Execution phase.

Comment:Do you want to build close groups, teams at your meetings or conferences? Be aware of these for phases. Make sure you prepare to manage at least a few conflicts. Do you want to avoid the conflict phase? Than don't put groups together for a long period of time like a few days. Be aware you will not build real integrated teams in that way.

Meeting Architecture defined

A meeting architect is an individual that focuses on the potential meeting objectives, the meeting formats and designs, and the conceptual and practical building blocks to construct a meeting for better learning, networking and motivation in the participant population. A meeting architect also knows how to measure the meeting results up to its Return on Investment.
The meeting architect works in four phases:

- Analysing meeting objectives
- Designing the meeting to support these objectives
- Executing and guiding the meeting towards its objectives

Turning Meetings Upside Down

SOME CLIPPINGS FROM THE ARTICLE

The No. 1 thing that people will tell you is that the value for the meeting was what happened outside the meeting rooms. I know one meeting planner who does something really cool: She puts flip charts near the coffeepots. She found that if you're talking to somebody, you need paper.

Networking tips for meeting planners

Everybody networks, but few do it consciously and pro-actively. Meeting planners can make a huge difference by helping the attendants network better. In this article you will discover some very practical tips for yourself as a meeting planner and for your events. You will also read three concepts that you can apply to stimulate networking at your events.
Networking tips for Meeting Planners
Networking tips concerning the organisation of an event

Monkeys fancy symmetrically patterned cards

Capuchin monkeys systematically pick out cards with symmetric patterns and looked longer to those than to cards with asymmetric patterns and designs. According to Scottish researchers the test monkeys had a real fascination for regular patters while throwing away  asymmetric cards or totally ignoring them. From Human babies, it was already know that they have a preference for symmetry, but the results of the monkey test suggest that our aesthetical preferences have ancient evolutionary roots. The Capuchin monkeys were separated from human related primates.

Meeting Architecture defined

A meeting architect is an individual that focuses on the potential meeting objectives, the meeting formats and designs, and the conceptual and practical building blocks to construct a meeting for better learning, networking and motivation in the participant population. A meeting architect also knows how to measure the meeting results up to its Return on Investment.


The meeting architect works in four phases:

Analysing meeting objectives

Designing the meeting to support these objectives

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