A good facilitator can make or break an event. Your organization will be spending a good amount of resources to bring your people together from around the world at your next meeting, conference or retreat. You want to make sure you get the most from your investment of time and energy in this event by ensuring that your facilitator is able to create a meaningful, enjoyable and powerful experience for the participants, with long lasting results.
Key concepts that this facilitation workshop will cover in depth:
- The participants own the meeting. Your facilitation team are there to draw out the wisdom of the group by creating a safe and stimulating environment where everyone’s voice can be heard.
- In your planning, be clear on your desired outcome. Be ambitious but also realistic on what you can accomplish in the time you have.
- Respect everyone’s time by presenting clear agendas, topics for discussion, and instructions.
- Minimize presentation (lectures, speeches) and maximize engagement (activities, collaboration, interaction).
- Don’t let the group fall into becoming passive observers. Design every part of the day to be interactive and experiential. Pair people up, break them out into triads and groups, then present back to the whole in creative ways.
- Handle Q&A sessions skillfully
- Facilitators are a team - plan and work together to create a bond for yourselves as well as for the entire group.