Since most of us spend an inordinate amount of time in meetings, why not sharpen our skills at designing and leading them? This workshop teaches four powerful and effective techniques that are universally accessible and change the meeting game entirely: visual thinking, design thinking, game facilitation and applied improvisation. Based on two best-selling business books, Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution, this workshop assures that not only do your future meetings engage everyone’s best thinking, but also dramatically shortens the time needed to do it. Multi-modal, participatory facilitation is not a trend. It is a way of working that ignites dormant (but native!) skill sets that translate into multiple areas of performance. Game ON.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Leverage visual thinking techniques for co-creation and team solutions
- Use thought experiments (read: games) to support critical thinking and creative problem-solving
- Design meeting agendas that quickly and effectively move a group to a desired outcome
- Break out of habitual thinking patterns to arrive at innovative solutions
- Apply improvisational practices to find discoveries about programs, services and customers
- Lead engaging meetings, workshops, and group sessions using basic office supplies
About the Facilitator:
Sunni Brown founded the SB Ink creative consultancy over 10 years ago and she continues to grow and lead it. She is an author, speaker, coach, master teacher and expert meeting facilitator. She was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. Her team has designed and led hundreds of group experiences in diverse industries and she is a veteran public speaker, having delivered countless presentations and “playnotes” in environments around the world. Sunni is the best-selling author of Gamestorming and The Doodle Revolution and she leads a worldwide campaign advocating for visual, game, design and improvisational thinking and deploys those techniques to teach sought-after leadership skills like empathy, emotional intelligence, effective communication and collaboration. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than a million views on TED.com and her work has been featured in every major U.S. publication including The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, WIRED, and Entrepreneur, as well as being featured twice on CBS Sunday Morning. Sunni is an autodidact and she is trained in meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and two mind-body practices called Hakomi and Internal Family Systems. Her forthcoming books, Untangled: An Uncompromising Guide to Finding Flow and Pen, Heart, Paper: The Art of Solving Problems Quietly both use design, visual and game thinking to teach practical wisdom and Flow – a way of being with ourselves and the world with less friction, resistance and reactivity. Sunni is a warm-hearted, big thinker committed to wisdom, compassion and practical spiritual intelligence in business and in the world.
Sunni Brown, Best-Selling Author + Chief Human Potentialist