Each micro-workshop is an exercise-based session exploring one idea or technique for thinking or communication. The one-hour format fits easily into a busy schedule. and allows up to 20 participants to learn something useful.
For some sessions, participants may be required to bring prepared work to use during the session.
Note that these sessions can also serve as a basis for 1:1 staff coaching.
Often, our decisions are partially based upon assumptions. Learn a simple technique to uncover your assumptions and determine the implications if they're wrong.
This session uses a diagrammatic technique to make the reasoning and assumptions behind two positions transparent. The contradiction can then be resolved by addressing the questionable (or invalid) assumptions or reasons behind each position.
In Checkland's Soft Systems Methodology the first step in developing a Purposeful Activity Model of a system is to define the Root Definition. This micro-workshop defines what a root definition is, why it is relevant and important and how it can be constructively applied to any work-related activity.
A diagrammatic technique to make sense of a situation or statement by mapping the factors and their interactions.
A graphical approach for understanding how a situation came to be.
A technique for anticipating consequences and then developing appropriate contingency options.
A diagrammatic technique that matches what needs to be accomplished with the intended audience in order to develop a convincing message.
A logical message is usually not enough. What are the psychological reasons why people resist messages ... and what can be done about it?
Participants need to bring a 500 word sample of their writing. Working in teams of four, each sample will be critiqued by the other members of the team. Past participants have said that this is an uncomfortable but useful way to learn how others see your writing and what can be done to improve it.
Tips for presenting more clearly when either the presenter or the audience are non-native English speakers.
Many presenters are afraid of the question period that follows their presentation. Learn techniques for handling difficult questions better.