Imaging a Successful Event

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Level of process: 
Intent or purpose: 
To recognise shared success criteria for event design and to appreciate the unique perspectives of colleagues about event design
Used as component of: 
Part of a program to design an event.
Types of Participants: 
Any group that is responsible for creating an event.
Recommended size of group: 
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 - 45 Min.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Shared images of what makes a good event.
Level of participation: 
Ideal Conditions: 
Small group in relaxed atmosphere
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Any normal relationship would be good
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
Resources Needed: 
1. Large sheets of paper 2 x 8 1/2" or A3 size and marker or drawing pens<br> 2. The same process can be used with pipe cleaners which come in different colours or different coloured clay or marshmellows and spaghetti of different kinds and colours.
Pre-Work Required: 

We will begin this morning?s work with a little drawing exercise. This is not intended to test your drawing skills, but rather to let us think through together what we mean by a really successful event.<br><br>

1. Think back to a workshop that you thought was just really great ? it may be one in which you participated or which you lead. Then draw an image of that workshop for us. <i>(The facilitator should draw one as well, especially if you don?t draw very well.)</i><br>
2. Let?s go around the room, showing your image and saying something about your experience of a great workshop.<br>
3. What is one thing you?ve heard more than once in this round?<br>
4. What is one thing that was unique?<br>
5. Are there other qualities you look for, that we haven?t mentioned yet?<br>
6. Which of these qualities do you find difficult to achieve ? why?<br>
7. What would you say is one key guideline for a designer who wants to come up with a great event?<br><br>

Event design begins with some image of what your target group would experience as success.

How flexible is the process?: 
pretty but focused on event design
Follow-Up Required: 
Begin the design process
File attachments: 
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Maureen Jenkins
Derived from: 
The Institute of Cultural Affairs' Focused Conversation Method
History of Development: 

Prepared for a workshop of facilitators.

Selected publications: 
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Katzenbach, J. & Smith, D. (1992). The Wisdom of Teams, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press.<br> Stanfield, B., Ed. (1997). The Art of Focused Conversation, Toronto: The Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs.<br> Wilson, P. H., Harnish, K. & Wright, J. (2003). The Facilitative Way, Shawnee Mission, KS: TeamTech Press, .<br> Spencer, L. (1989). Winning Through Participation, Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing.
License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)