New metaphor for facilitators: Hibernation

Today I was leading a requirements-gathering meeting with some government biologists.   There was a topic to reserve for later discussion, so I wrote “Parking Lot” on the whiteboard as usual.

Car metaphors are over-used in business facilitation, so I asked them for alternatives from the natural world.  Hibernation was suggested!  So from now on, I will be saving up ideas in a cave, den, or some other hibernaculum.

The ensuing laughter might explain why they said “Alana, you make this [requirements-gathering] much less painful than it could be!”

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