Online Facilitation 101

The agenda

  • What do you want to harvest?
  • What type and level of energy/interaction to you want?
  • What image/brand do you want to give?

Starters (or the key moment)

  • Present the meeting framework (hosts, roles, rules)
  • Include participants (presentation, contribution)

Round-table (<15)

  • Unlocking power: High
  • Timeboxed: Low
  • Knowledge of participants: High

Collective contribution: the whiteboard

  • Unlocking power: High
  • Timeboxed: High
  • Knowledge of participants: Low (unfortunately)
High-level content there
High-level content here to

Polling (∞ participants)

  • Unlocking power: Medium
  • Timeboxed: High
  • Knowledge of participants: Medium (depending on the question)
Source: Zoom
  • Type questions and guidelines in the chat. If people failed to be attentive or joined in the middle it saves you time and includes everyone.
  • Use polls anytime you want to reengage your audience. For instance, after a session and then after a break (what did you get during your break? Tea/Coffee/Juice). Not only for serious stuff
  • Timebox, Timebox, Timebox. Be Strict about it. It allows you to keep the pace and not rush other sessions

The main dish


We are circling, circling together
  • Engagement power: High
  • Connection between participants: Medium
  • Complexity: High
  • Provide a question or set of questions for the participants
  • Offer them a 1 min of silent self-reflection (alone!)
  • Bring them in pairs for 2 minutes to build upon the reflections and generate new ideas
  • Bring them in groups of 4 people for 4 minutes to share and iterate. It is meaningful to highlight similarities and discuss differences at this point.
  • Finally, bring everyone back, and each group takes 5 minutes to answer the question “What is one idea that stood out in your conversation?”

Word Café

  • Engagement power: Medium
  • Connection between participants: Medium
  • Complexity: Medium
  • After welcoming the participants and explaining the process, divide them into small groups
  • Ask the first round of questions with the allocated time, designed to open the discussion between the participants and let them relate to the event’s topics
  • After the time is up, you can follow up with the next rounds of questions
  • After all question rounds, bring everyone back, and open the space for reflection/feedback to the larger group
  1. Start with a personal connection to the topic, how does the participant relate to it

The Desert

One breath feedback

  • Engagement power: High
  • Timeboxed: Medium
  • Complexity: Low

Word of clouds

  • Engagement power: Medium
  • Timeboxed: Medium
  • Complexity: Medium

The Group Picture




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