Facilitation Savvy

This seminar expands personal facilitation skills for conducting more productive and satisfying meetings and work sessions with adult groups. These sessions demonstrate how to effectively apply process to balance task focus and enhance relationships among group members to support problem-solving, planning, and decision making.

Topics include:

Structuring meeting success
Develop clear guidelines for shaping the physical and social environment, clarifying decision-making roles, and employing meeting standards to keep groups on task, on process, and on time. Learn templates and tools for facilitating a variety of meeting types.

Designing group work
Develop and apply templates for planning and assessing outcomes for the groups that you facilitate. Learn how to help groups clarify outcomes for products, performances, and decisions.

Expanding the facilitator’s toolkit
Increase your confidence when dealing with difficult topics and difficult groups. Enhance your verbal and nonverbal skills for focusing groups and increasing group member willingness to engage in productive dialogue, focused discussions, and effective decision making. Learn to apply a pattern of pausing, paraphrasing, and inquiring to respond to and influence the thinking and behaviors of group members.

Anticipating, monitoring, and recovering
Develop skills for simultaneously monitoring content, process, and group development. Learn how to increase your acuity for group process and recover personal and group member focus if things go astray.