Whilst working on the Praxis symposium this year I found myself thinking about what is it that I am really doing when when I am designing a workshop or learning experience. I have written about this before (see How to cultivate conversation, The Craft of Improv) but I still keep learning. Which in itself is fabulous – one of life’s great joys is to find you can keep on learning about something you already know well.
I am in Cambodia this week, working on collaboration. I was invited only last week, to work with a co-facilitator I hadn't met, for a client I don't know in a field I am completely ignorant of (disaster relief management).
On Friday, one of the group I was working with in Oxford asked me what "the trick" was for remembering names. I often get asked this. There isn't a trick. And that's the trick. I had spent most of the day sitting in a lecture theatre listening. Everyone was sitting in named places and I had all day til my session began at 330pm. The "trick" is simply to regard it as worth making the effort.