Foundations For Facilitation
The dictionary says: facilitation: fa•cil•i•ta•tion (fe-sîl´î-tâ¹shen) noun
1. The act of making easy or easier.
2. The state of being made easy or easier. facilitation, easing, making easy, simplification, smoothing, disencumbrance, disentanglement, removal of difficulties, liberation
Foundations For Facilitation is a experiential programme for facilitators, managers, trainers and team leaders who need to:
• Manage group processes and discussions
• Apply a wide range of facilitation methods, processes and tools
• Integrate individual, team and organisational development initiatives
• Enhance their presentation skills
• Enhance their listening skills
• Deliver programmes in an effective and vibrant way
• Facilitate with diverse groups
• Make each training or facilitated event a meaningful and memorable experience
• Setting Outcomes: Knowing where we are going - The power of crafting personal outcomes, as the way forward in accepting personal responsibility for learning.
• Creating the Facilitative Context: How to generate an environment that brings about honest interaction and engaged learning.
• Facilitator Skills, Character and Responsibilities: Depending on the task at hand, the facilitator has different responsibilities: Initiator, Mediator, Clarifier, Synthesizer, Advocate (supporting team decisions), Educator, Fair witness (providing an objective mirror), Analyser of information.
• Self-Awareness as Key: The facilitator should develop a firm base of self-knowledge, personal integrity, rapport and a pro-active stance, to be able thrive without depleting personal energy or losing enthusiasm.
• Prepared and Unprepared Presentations: Develop the ability to take the focus, guide and link the learnings / content to the practical.
• Listening Modalities: Communicating clearly and learning techniques for dealing with conflict, as well as honing the ability to give and receive feedback.
• How to Create a Thinking Environment™
• Facilitating and Leading Group Discussions for maximum involvement
– tools and techniques
• Working With Group Dynamics
The FOUNDATIONS FOR FACILITATION course is made up of short presentations, small group work, and individual self-reflection. Participants facilitate within the workshop, and also work with facilitation challenges that they have faced in their own experience.
1. Application of listening, observation, conversational skills.
2. Greater self-confidence in presentation and leading a facilitated event
3. Ability to engage participants in learning for themselves
4. Use of a variety of facilitation tools and techniques
The programme is designed for a maximum of 14 participants so as to enable each participant to gain personal practice.
We will of course accommodate in-house Foundations For Facilitation courses as well.