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Gardian of the Month: Brian Vigna

The Gardian of the Month is Brian Vigna, Instructional Designer for Event Garde

Q: Learn: What's your favorite part about learning something new?

A: My favorite part of learning something new is the moment it clicks and you suddenly feel like, "this isn't so hard," which is one of the reasons I love teaching.  It allows me to facilitate that aha moment for others.

Q: Network:  Some people are wallflowers while others are natural networkers.  Which are you (or are you in the middle)?

A: It all depends on the situation, I tend to move back and forth from wallflower to natural talker.  If I'm in a loud room with lots of people talking I usually take the backseat, but I have the ability do either.

Q: Transfer: Mentorship - How do you think mentorship aids in knowledge transfer?

A: Working closely with someone to learn a skill is a fantastic method of knowledge transfer.  I was once told by a very influential professor, "be a sponge, find the person with the skills you want and absorb everything they have to offer.  When they have nothing else to offer, move on to the next person".

Q: Please share with us a tool/resource/book/blog/article/website etc., and why you just can’t live without it.

A: Rise and Storyline have completely changed my approach to training and knowledge transfer.  Once upon a time I memorized text books and technical information and taught that in person full time.  Today I spend most of my time as an ID working with SMEs and existing content to create engaging training with the Articulate 360 suite of tools.

Q: Just for Fun: If you could live someone else's life for a day, who would it be, and why?

A: I would probably be an NBA player or a movie star, both have the resources and ability to travel on a whim, eat at the best restaurant, and enjoy the best part of every city they visit.  I would charter a private plane, fly to a cool city I've never been to, like Austin, and try to the best restaurant, the best local brewery, and best local hike/outdoor activity.  Then I would wake up and do it again in another cool city!

Listening to Lead

​Most of us are familiar with a traditional leadership model, a bureaucratic one that leads from the top down. Decisions are made from the leaders and passed down the line to be implemented. While this leadership style has its place and purpose, in facilitation work we often challenge people to embrace a different leadership style. One that’s purpose is to seek input from all and decisions owned by the group.

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By: Savannah Phillips | Feb, 26 2020
Meetings

Top 5 Ideas to Make Conferences More Fun for Attendees

​Your association’s annual conference is likely one of the most anticipated events of the year for your members. The opportunities for networking and learning at these events seem endless… If you can keep your attendees engaged with fun, unique activities.

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By: Lindsay Gross | Feb, 21 2020
Facilitation

Am I there yet?

​One’s journey to become an “expert” in the field can be a long and winding one. It requires years of experience, training and confidence. Early in my career as I worked hard to become more skilled in my field. I looked forward to achieving that goal of being an experienced professional in the field. Somewhere along the way, I realized we never really arrive. The work and the growth always continue.

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By: Ashley Uhl | Feb, 14 2020
Facilitation

5 Tips for Better Focus Groups

While many think focus groups are an easy way to get feedback from members, it’s more than meets the eye (like most things in Associations!) Here are five quick tips to make your next focus groups the best they can be.

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Gardian of the Month: Brian Vigna

​​Brian Vigna, Instructional Designer for Event Garde, is our Gardian of the Month.

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Accounting for 5 types of unconscious bias in facilitation

​Unconscious bias can sneak into the meetings and events we facilitate. Unfortunately, this can have a damaging effect on not only participation, but on the outcomes of the facilitated experience, as well. How can we draw greater awareness to unconscious bias and counteract its negative consequences?

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