Blogger and friend Christine Martell will be presenting next week at the VizThink conference where she'll have the (dubious) honor of facilitating a 30 minute visual activity with 300 participants. Over at the VisualsSpeak blog, Christine and business partner Tom Tiernan are wondering how you facilitate for a large audience, and more particularly:
- Are the group dynamics of a large audience different than small groups?
- How do you prepare for an audience you’ve never met?
- How do you make sure your program is tight enough in order to minimize disruptions?
- How do you use any tools or props?
I've seen Christine facilitate and she's awesome, but I think that for even the best facilitators 300 people and 30 minutes presents quite a challenge.
Christine plans to write about her experience in the VisualsSpeak email newsletter next month, but I'm sure would be happy to get ideas and guidance from those of you who have had experiences working with large groups. If you have advice for Christine, please feel free to leave me something in comments or to go leave something over at Christine's place. I'm happy to write up a summary if we get a lot of feedback, so hit me with your best shot. In the meantime, I'm going to be doing some thinking about this myself.