To live magical moments. More broadly, everyone has his own reason and each of them are valuable. Develop a competence, test its reactions in a new environment, test an idea, find a co-founder, have fun etc. It is important to ask the question of the WHY to the participants several times during the weekend and see if these reasons are evolving or if they learn things they did not expect.
It is also important to remember that, even if each reason differs and each person is different, Startup Weekend is an experience bearing strong values that everyone must be able to feel and live during this weekend:
- Community! Community! Community! #kerker
- A Startup Weekend Experience
As facilitator, you share these values and you are responsible for spreading out the atmosphere of confidence and fun that is found in every Startup Weekend (see the 7 values for recall and here in French). But in the end, everyone has to build this environment. To do so, I add a slide after “this weekend, will you …” containing several tips.
Communication is a key to success! Many problems arise from a communication problem. Here are some tips to share on a slide:
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS
• Be impeccable with your words : speak with integrity, say only what one thinks, avoid to speak against yourself or gossip about others.
• Do not make assumption: have the courage to ask questions and express what you really want. Communicate with others are clearly as you can to avoid misunderstanding, sadness and drama.
• Don’t take anything personally : what others say and do is only a personal projection of their reality.
• Always do your best: your best is changing all the time, depending on the circumstances. Only do your best to avoid self-regret,self-judgement or guilt.
• Describe. Describe the behavior/situation as completely and objectively as possible. Just the facts! “The last time, my brother George came to visit, I cleaned the entire house all by myself.”
• Express. Express your feelings and thoughts about the situation/behavior. Try to phrase your statements using “I”, and not “You”. Beginning sentences with “You” often puts people on the defensive, which means they won’t listen to you. “As a result, I felt exhausted and angry.”
• Specify. Specify what behavior/outcome you would prefer to happen. “I would like the two of us to work on cleaning the house.”
• Consequences. Specify the consequences (both positive and negative). “If we both work together, the house will be cleaned up faster and we can all enjoy his visit together.” Or “If we work together, I will be less tired and irritable.”
OTHER IDEAS :
• put some music on,
• make ice breakers with teams,
• organize competitions,
• put in place outdoor and indoor games (volleyball, badminton, consoles, etc.)
LINKS AND SLIDES
Slides – four agreement, DESC method