Mary Ruth Clarke


Freelance Services for Ideation and Strategic Facilitators

Increase the amount of high quality facilitation you are able to do. I'll free you up to focus on the meeting and help you support your clients in having a successful session.

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Real Time Scribing
I'll be your extra pair of eyes and ears. You focus on leading the session and I'll handle the documentation of all those great ideas. No more flip chart woes.
The Notes
I'll edit and categorize a labyrinth of ideas into an energetic, coherent fun-to-read and easy-to-digest summary of the session. Most often within 24 hours!
I'll jump in and be part of the ideation if need be. I bring a unique creative perspective, honed from years as a trained brain and from my other life as a theater artist.
Stimulus Preparation
I'll track down stimulus from within the category and from outside it. Everything from products to poetry to inspire the participants about the task at hand.

Why Work With Me?

You will be able to focus on your clients and the session, knowing that the ideas are not getting lost. Often I supply the team with a print up of the morning's ideas (numbered for ease of reference), so that they can go over them at lunch and strategize the afternoon's concept development.

I will tailor my final session notes to your format and style requirements, which can then be forwarded to the client.

You use only the services you need when you need them, increasing the flexibilities of your organization and your responsiveness to clients.

My freelance costs are lower than the fully-loaded costs associated with full-time employees.

Background and Experience

I have been freelancing in the worlds of qualitative research and strategic ideation for 22 years. The majority of my career has been servicing independent and in-house moderators and facilitators. I have ghost-written reports and ethnographic summaries. I am a playwright/actor and have taught acting/improv workshops to QRCA moderators, operated as a contrarian-respondent plant in a series of focus groups for a political party, named a theme park, a restaurant, a new electronic device, and my own screenplay: Meet The Parents.

I will be happy to supply references upon request.