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Facilitation Skills Coursework

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    Facilitation Skills Coursework

    Facilitation is often referred to as the new cornerstone of management philosophy. With its focus on fairness and creating an easy decision making process. Creating a comfortable environment through better facilitation will give participants a better understanding of what a good facilitator can do to improve any meeting or gathering.

    The Facilitation Skills coursework can help any organization make better decisions. This coursework will give participants an understanding of what facilitation is all about, as well as some tools that they can use to facilitate small meetings. A strong understating of how a facilitator can command a room and dictate the pace of a meeting will have participants on the road to becoming great facilitators themselves.

     

    Understanding Facilitation

    Groups are powerful resources in any organization. When you tap into groups, you don’t just get the best of individual members, you also get the best of group interaction. The result is a more dynamic, creative and empowered team.

    To get the most of groups, you need facilitation skills. In this module, we will discuss what is facilitation, what is a facilitator and when is facilitation appropriate.

     

    What is Facilitation?

    Facilitation is a manner of handling group meetings in a way that takes the focus away from just one leader, and instead distributes leadership to all members of the group. There is premium on democracy, group involvement, and cooperation.  The focus is not just on getting things done, but also in feeling good about it.

    Consultant Dave Sibbet defines facilitation as “the art of leading people through processes towards agreed-upon objectives in a manner that encourages participation, ownership, and creativity from all involved.”

    Facilitation is often contrasted with presentation, which is delivering information or decisions to a group.  Facilitation is group-centered while presentation is leader-centered. For this reason, facilitation is incompatible with an autocratic management style.

    Example of the difference between facilitation and presentation:

    FACILITATION: “How do you think the company can solve this problem? Does anyone have any ideas?”

    PRESENTATION: “This is how we will solve the problem…”

     

    Workshop Objectives:

    • Define facilitation and identify its purpose and benefits.
    • Clarify the role and focus of a facilitator.
    • Differentiate between process and content in the context of a group discussion.
    • Provide tips in choosing and preparing for facilitation.
    • Identify a facilitator’s role when managing groups in each of Tuckman and Jensen’s stages of group development: forming, storming, norming and performing.
    • Identify ways a facilitator can help a group reach a consensus: from encouraging participation to choosing a solution.
    • Provide guidelines in dealing with disruptions, dysfunctions and difficult people in groups.
    • Define what interventions are, when they are appropriate and how to implement them.
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