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On becoming a Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF)

In December this year I completed a certification process with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). To become certified, the IAF require applicants to complete a two part process where candidates apply and provide written evidence and testimonial.

The written evidence is assessed against the six core competencies and successful candidates are then invited to the CPF assessment which consists of two interviews and candidates must facilitate a peer reviewed demonstration workshop.
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New Book: Serious Work

Very exciting news.

ProMeet has published its first book.

Read more at
www.Serious.Global or read two reviews below.

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ProMeet. A 2016 Facilitation Impact Award Winner

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IAF Regional Director Trevor Durnford and IAF Member Bruce Rowling present Sean Blair with the Facilitation Impact Award.

LEGO®, Dialogue and new meeting tools help leading college get a top UK value added score

ProMeet together with client, Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) have received a Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).
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Clean Language Ice Breaker

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Clean Language is a framework to ask questions without pre-suppositions.

Because sometimes questions are far from 'clean', we might inadvertently disguise opinions inside questions, and therefore partly determine the response of the person being asked the question.
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Benefits of Lego® Serious Play®

In the first 90 seconds of this video, Sean explains the four benefits of using Lego® Serious Play® in meetings and workshops.

Benefits of Lego® Serious Play®
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Playcamp

I ran an introduction to Lego Serious Play at 'Playcamp' yesterday.

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Participants asked for the slides, so you can view or download the deck here:



Finally you can
see 10 case studies of Lego Serious Play in action here.

And join can
join the Lego Serious Play Meet Up group for deeper workshop experiences.

Happy playing!

Adventures With Agile Workshop - May 2016

Yesterday, JP Bayley and I delivered a Lego Serious Play workshop for the London Adventures with Agile MeetUp group. A fantastic group who seemed to like what we did.

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You can access the slide deck we used here, enjoy!
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Kind Words

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I recently had the pleasure of facilitating a 1.5 day strategy workshop for trustees and senior executives of Ravensbourne College. Chairman Jon Drori (who incidentally gives great TED talks) was kind enough to write to me after the workshop, here is his brief letter:

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Dear Sean,

Thank you for facilitating Ravensbourne's strategy awaydays so ably.

Facilitation is one of those activities that too many people think they can do well. Some of those people should watch you at work - professional, firm, authoritative, gracious and focused on the outcome we wanted, which was to have a senior team of executives and governors sharing ambition and direction.

I confess that when you and I first met I wasn't immediately sure that
Lego Serious Play would be the right tool for our team. You quickly gained my trust and I'm absolutely delighted that, having listened carefully to what we wanted to achieve, you made such persuasive arguments for the approach.

I would be very happy to recommend your services to others.

All the best, Jon

Jonathan Drori CBE
Chairman, Ravensbourne Board of Governors

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Facilitation Methods & Tools - A UNDP Webinar

This is not going to be everyone’s idea of the best of British Film and cinema… but for those interested in learning about:

- An introduction to participatory leadership

- The five principles of meeting excellence

- The four phases of effective meetings

- How to establish and write clear objectives

- The mighty power of the humble gridcard

- How to use the ‘Scales of agreement’ tool

- Planning actions and learning - the last two phases of effective meetings


You can watch recent webinar I gave for the Commodities Programme practitioners of the United Nations Development Programme. Duration 48 minutes.



Thanks to Lise Melvin for inviting me to participate, and good luck to those who joined in!

New Associate: Meet Lauren

ProMeet is very lucky to be joined by a new associate, based in the USA, Lauren Kramer. Lauren first worked with ProMeet in 2015 on the PCMA Global Medical Meetings summit. ProMeet founder Sean Blair said,

"Working with Lauren for the first time felt like we had worked together for decades. It was clear from the start that Lauren shared very similar values and has terrific professional standards.

She's great fun to work with and I'll look forward to seeing how our combined skills can help the events and meetings industry create more engaging participant experiences, through excellent facilitation."


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