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When we say larger groups, we are referring to any meeting or training session with 10 or more participants. Even a group of this size can present new challenges for facilitators and at times, it can prove to be quite problematic. However, we believe as long as you, as the facilitator, are prepared for these challenges to arise and you have completed all of the necessary planning prior to the meeting, it shouldn’t affect the success or productiveness.Problems- The increase in size may result in a slower pace and dip in energy within the group. More ideas and opinions can mean it takes longer t..
At Pinpoint, we understand that for many people the terms ‘facilitation’ and ‘meeting facilitators’ may be new ones, so we thought we would write a brief explainer, taking things right back to basics…Facilitator – what is it?A facilitator, in its simplest term, is somebody who carries out facilitation. This means they help groups of people, usually in a meeting or workshop environment, identify their collective objectives and help them work through how they will reach said objectives. How to become a (good) facilitatorFirstly, if this is a new career choice for you, or perhaps you’ve been appo..
We have previously covered how to hold a productive meeting, and what to avoid, right from the organisation to the follow-up emails. Today however, we are focussing on how small changes within the meeting can achieve improved results and engagement.Here at Pinpoint Facilitation, we want to help you achieve maximum results from your meetings and training, so we have come up with a list of five things that you can implement to instantly advance your staff meetings.1.    TimingGenerally, scheduling meetings on both Fridays and Mondays should be avoided for obvious reasons, suc..
It goes without saying that we’ve all probably consumed far too many mince pies, taken part in too much cheese board activity & gulped down an immense amount of of fizz. But it was Christmas so we were allowed, right?But now January’s arrived and our work clothes are feeling a little snug to say the least. At a guess, probably around 70% of the office have decided to embark on a journey from January 3rd to shed a few pounds so we want to make this difficult journey (yes, avoiding a slice of Rosie’s work birthday cake is difficult!) a little easier.  We’ve decided to write a gui..
Most of us view January as the most miserable month of the year – it’s dark, it’s cold, we have big credit card bills and we are all trying to shed a few pounds after an overindulgent festive period.  At Pinpoint, we don’t believe in January blues because we’ve got the perfect remedy to inject some positivity in the office & boost morale on those miserable January days. 1.    New year resolution support Supporting your employees is important all year round, but especially in January. It’s likely they’ll each have their own personal resolutions to stick by, b..
It’s the end of November and it’s suddenly dawned on you that you haven’t organised a work Christmas party. You enter panic mode and begin calling all possible options, realising that most companies organised theirs over summer! Don’t worry too much, you can still plan a night that everyone will enjoy with the time left before the Christmas break. Here are our top tips and ideas on throwing a Christmas party to remember!1. Book an activity day outThis is a great idea if you really have left it to the last minute and all the evening parties are booked up. Try something like tree trekking or Seg..
Try our brand new AcrylicOne refillable markers, which come in 19 vibrant colours and three different nib sizes.They are brilliant when working with a dark background; they allow colour on colour and provide complete flexibility.We would like to pass on some helpful ideas and key points when using the AcrylicOne pens:                ·      When covering large areas with the AcrylicBigOne, you will need to allow time for the water based acrylic to dry before painting over it  ..
Rewarding staff for good work not only boosts their confidence, it also encourages more of the same attitude. However, sometimes putting a monetary value on their reward seems inappropriate, especially if they’ve done something that could be deemed pricelessOften, people appreciate the thought and effort that has gone into a gift more than its actual monetary value. Here we give you ideas on how you can say a big “thank-you” or “well done” without handing over cash. It’s the small things…It doesn’t always take a grand gesture but doing something very small can have a big effect. Ask their clo..
Most employees view their time as precious – and rightly so. But due to their very nature, meetings will unavoidably take up time, reducing their productivity time. This is why it’s so important to ensure every meeting is effective and counts as a step towards positive change.However positively you start, bad habits can creep back in and meeting structure can quickly become stagnant. Pinpoint wants to prevent this by explaining how to avoid the most common meeting mistakes, which, if left, will severely affect the delivery and success. PREDICTABILITY – not all routine is positiveT..
It’s the end of an extremely busy month. Your employees have two weeks worth of work to fit into two days - and that’s not even including end of month reports. They are stressed, exhausted and communication is limited to sighs and profanities. Without intervention, it’s a formula for disaster. ‘Office morale’ is more complex than employees simply wanting to have ‘fun’. It is something that you should be consistently monitoring because if left to fester, spread and intensify, low morale can have detrimental effects on productivity.Pinpoint is going to reveal the best hands-on ways in which you ..
Pinpoint's Top Tips It’s inevitable that you and your employees will spend a lot of time in the office, sat at the same desk, sometimes for eight or nine hours at a time. For productivity to thrive, employees need an environment that enhances wellbeing, creativity and ergonomics. Think of it as a chain reaction – unappealing office, unhappy staff, declining business…  It’s really important to create a space that encourages people to come to work. So, where should you start? What is the most fundamental element of a flourishing office? Where does your office score on a sca..
We’ve all been there – sitting in a meeting that seems to go on for eternity, which concludes with no real outcome. Is there anything more demoralising?While Pinpoint appreciates that people may have their preferred meeting styles, there are some vital aspects that we believe need to be adhered to. These key fundamentals help guarantee a successful meeting every time. We’ve drawn upon years of experience and compiled the top five fundamentals that you need to get right to maximise the success of your meetings. Even small changes will achieve huge improvements. 1. ..
Whether you were for or against leaving the E.U. the country needs to come together and move ahead. In simple terms, this is a standard change programme – albeit an important one!Companies and organisations need to develop their strategies, emotions need to be centred into one direction, people need to be listened to and, above all, allowed to find the opportunities – they are there!The Pinpoint Facilitation Technique is just the tool to carry out this complex programme. It’s brilliant at:Managing deeply held emotionsTeam buildingStrategic planningProblem solvingManaging change ..
Effective Meetings –Tables? Walls? and use of spaceFor better meetings, do we need tables? Should we march people to walls, leaving a huge void in the room? Room layout is an essential part of facilitation skills.I guess the answer to layout is that it depends on what you are doing and wanting to achieve. Presentations and briefings are straightforward. However, let’s concentrate on meetings and trainings that are looking for total engagement by the group and ending with a fully owned and realistic outcome - such as an action plan.My view is that for group engagement, tables are a barrier betw..
Breakout rooms. Good idea? (09.03.2016)If you use them, have a think about this: How it affects the ‘dynamic’ you would have already set up. Read moreProposition:Unless you need secrecy – say, in a negotiations training - breakout rooms are disruptive and should be avoided.Rationale:You as facilitator or trainer have met up with your group, set the objectives, started to make progress and got to the point where you need to multi–task options for detailed discussion in sub groups or you need to get different perspectives on the same topic from sub groups. The room you are in is ‘home’. It feels..
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