“The facilitator’s job is to support everyone to do their best thinking. To do this, the facilitator encourages full participation, promotes mutual understanding, and cultivates shared responsibility.” Sam Kaner
Group facilitation requires patience and attention.
Here are 14 tips to keep in mind the next time you’re involved in facilitating a group:
1. Help the members feel welcome [smile, shake hands, make sure all members know each other]
2. Review the agenda and objectives for the session [put the agenda with time frames on a flip chart sheet for easy reference]
3. Explain your role [to keep the discussion on time and on track- and ensure equal participation of all members
4. Remind the members of the ground rules … Read the rest
“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” Earl Nightingale
A friend told me about a series of chance occurrences that together became a very fortunate happenstance. Her story brightened my day and I hope it brightens yours.
- Fortuity (a chance occurrence).
Two colleagues, A and B, meet at a conference.
- Geniality (a friendly and cheerful manner)
They enjoy a pleasant conversation.
- Invitation (a request for someone to go somewhere or do something)
Colleague A invites Colleague B to attend a meeting later that week.
- Reconnection (to meet or come into contact again after a
“The success of our actions as change-makers does not depend on What we do or How we do it, but on the Inner Place from which we operate.” Bill O’Brien (paraphrased)
I have always thought that it was important to have an open mind- and prided myself on having one.
According to Z. Hereford, at http://www.essentiallifeskills.net/openmind.html, people who are open minded are: “willing to change their views when presented with new facts and evidence.” They are “more accepting of others,” “have fewer prejudices,” “are more open to change,” and “have better problem solving skills.”
Based on this description, an open mind seems to be a desirable characteristic for a lifelong learner and a change agent.
However, information I’ve received … Read the rest
“My goal in the classroom was always to make sure they were having so much fun that they didn’t realize they were learning.” Rick Riordan
I always learn something new when I conduct train the trainer sessions and last week was no exception.
Have you ever heard of, used or created a Kahoot? Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform that can be used in the classroom to poll participants, test their learning, and even introduce and provide training.
I wanted to learn more about Kahoot and Plickers (a way to poll participants without devices), so I did some research and discovered that there are many classroom tools for gathering feedback- and they’re free!
Here are some of these … Read the rest
“Hiring people is like making friends. Pick good ones, and they’ll enrich your life. Make bad choices, and they’ll bring you down.” Jason Fried
In the past, hiring decisions were primarily based on a review of the candidates’ resumes and their references. Unfortunately, neither of those sources are completely reliable. Professional resume writers abound who can transform poor qualifications and/or experience into new and misleading statements.
With regard to references, many companies limit a reference response to simple confirmation of the candidate’s employment. In addition, unless the hiring manager knows and trusts the reference, it is possible that the current manager may speak highly of an employee that s/he wants to leave the company.
Even if the resume and/or … Read the rest