Facilitation Tips ‘N Tricks
By Katrina Harpell
I always like to have some toys in the room for a session. Everyone thinks differently, learns at their own pace, and uses different tools to concentrate. So it’s handy to have objects in the room to help facilitate thought – nothing like a Nerf ball to the head to keep you on your toes!
Idle hands – idle mind: It’s great to have soft, pliable toys at each work station for those who like to have something to mold while working. I always have a great assortment of stress balls, Koosh balls, Playdoh and Nerf balls on hand.
Work it out: Maybe some people in the room work better getting up and moving around instead of staying seated. For an all-day session I’ve set out some sports equipment around the room. You can pick up mini toys at any Dollar Store – try a mini golf set, Nerf footballs, hula-hoops & jump ropes for a start. Get the blood flowing and ideas will follow!
“If you build it, he will come”
Odds & ends: Ask people in the office to donate old kids toys – Lego, Playdoh, costumes, musical instruments – it’s cost efficient and toys get a second life! Costumes are great too – especially if you are known to enjoy planning a themed session. I have pirate swords & eye patches, clown wigs, colorful décor for a circus theme; more on this in a future blog on Energizers!