“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 rule to live by: I won’t use anything I can’t explain in five minutes.” Philip Crosby
The number five, or multiples of five, occurs frequently in training. It applies to curriculum design, room set up, training delivery and group facilitation.
- Accelerated learning promotes participant-centered “whole body learning” by engaging as many of the 5 traditionally recognized senses as possible. Audiovisuals and peripherals on the walls will engage the sense of sight. Experiential learning activities will engage the senses of hearing and touch. Bowls of candy on the training tables will engage the sense of taste. Fragrant magic markers will engage the sense of smell.
- Five is the ideal number of participants to be seated at a training table.
“Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.” Thomas Carlyle
I just audited a workshop and the experience gave me a renewed appreciation for all of the things that a facilitator should NOT do when in front of a class:
- Do NOT begin the training session and introduce yourself while standing behind half of the participants. Stand where everyone can easily see you.
- Do NOT leave any participants sitting alone and isolated from the rest of the group. Make sure that all participants are seated with 4 or 5 other people.
- Do NOT tell the participants that: “You will get sick of us.” That thought may not have occurred to the participants until you brought it up.
- Do NOT tell