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Leading Through Being a Skilled Facilitator

What is important about facilitation?
Most people have had many good role models for good teachers or trainers or lecturers. A good teacher presents the information in a clear, logical manner. A facilitator is different. A facilitator enables an individual or group to express and organize their own data in a way that is meaningful to them. Most people do not know how to lead a meeting or engage participants to bring out their best ideas and knowledge about topics. Facilitators are critical to the effectiveness of working groups.

There is an art to facilitation. How many good facilitators have you ever experienced? Being a good facilitator is much more difficult and demanding than being a good teacher. And that is why very few people have mastered this key skill.

In summary, if you want to disperse information, send an email or ask a lecturer to present the content. If you want to bring to bear the talents and experience of others, ask a facilitator to lead the meeting.

Workshop Content
This workshop focuses on teaching 21 Keys to Successful Facilitation. The 2-3 hour workshop provides practical guidance for anyone who takes on the role of facilitating a group discussion or process. The content is divided into three major sections and a sampling of facilitation topics is shown for each section.

    1. Providing Structure
      • Planning your facilitation to have impact.
      • Signposting to help people grasp what is being said more easily.
      • Preview! Create anticipation points at the end of each meeting for the next.
      • Manage expectations.
    1. Managing the Process
      • Creating a trusting, safe environment to promote authentic discussions.
      • Using ice breakers to make the group interaction interesting, fun and meaningful.
      • Giving “gentle directives” that people can easily follow.
      • Asking planned questions. Respond without paraphrasing.
      • How to role model responses to group work exercises
      • Achieving balance among participants
      • How to avoid getting “off track”
    1. Managing yourself
      • Managing your non-verbal communication.
      • Demonstrating enthusiasm and positive energy
      • Engaging by observing, listening, asking, and taking notes.
      • Affirming and expressing appreciation for individual and group contributions.
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