It is impossible to be part of an organization today and not attend meetings. Staff meetings, project meetings, planning and coordinating meetings—they all take time.
There has been a growing realization that we have to pay attention to the process elements of meetings, if we want them to be effective. With its focus on asking rather than telling, and listening to build consensus, facilitation is the new leadership ideal, the core competency everybody needs. Managers and supervisors are often asked to facilitate rather than instruct or manage their meetings and training Modules.
This workshop has been created to make core facilitation skills better understood and readily available for your organization. It represents materials and ideas that have been tested and refined over twenty years of active facilitation in all types of settings.
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Distinguish facilitation from instruction and training.
- Identify the competencies linked to effective small group facilitation.
- Understand the difference between content and process.
- Identify the four stages of team development and ways to help teams through each stage.
- Use common process tools to make meetings easier and more productive.
What is a Facilitator?
Types of Groups
Content and Process
Types of Thinking
Listening For Common Ground
Common Facilitation Techniques
Facilitating an Open Discussion
Managing Divergent Perspectives
The Language of Facilitation
Dealing with Difficult Dynamics
Stages of Team Development