Developing Facilitation Skills

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Published on March 5, 2014

Author: misilamani



Knowing what facilitation is not enough. Trying it and developing special skills of facilitation are the key to effective communication. Without practice there is no perfection. This presentation is expected to help in ups killing your presentation ability. Your success depends on to what extent you take it to exercise what you learn.

Developing Facilitation Skills Presented by Masilamani R Contributed by Marya Axner Edited by Bill Berkowitz and Phil Rabinowitz

The Presenter • A professional trainer/consultant • Has profound qualifications in training, consulting and research • Has conducted hundreds of meetings over 30 years and still performs as an active meeting chairman • A corporate leader and adviser • Trained by leading professional educators and firms like, Dale Carnegie, Kepner Tregoe, Covey Inc. etc.

Introduction • • • • • • Introduction What are facilitation skills? Why do you need facilitation skills? How do you facilitate? How do you plan a good facilitation process? Facilitating a meeting or planning session: What's it all about? • Facilitator skills and tips • Dealing with disrupters: Preventions and interventions

Why We’re Here? 4. 1. 3. That’s why we’re here! 2.

Quote ‘we use to guide and direct key parts of our organizing work with groups of people such as meetings, planning sessions, and training of our members and leaders’ -Marya Axner

The Facilitator . 1 Shapes and guides the process of working together 2. Helps to meet your goals and accomplish what you've set out to do 3. Needs to concentrate on how you are going to move through your agenda, and 4. Leads you to meet those goals effectively

When the Chair is facilitator?

When the Chair is Facilitator? When the chair, • See themselves as facilitators Make sure that important issues are discussed • Ensure decisions made, and actions taken • Don't feel that they have all of the answers • Don’t talk all the time Make sure that everyone can participate

What’s participation • Making sure everyone feels comfortable in participating • Developing a structure that allows for everyone's ideas to be heard • Making members feel good about their contribution to the meeting • Making sure the group feels that the ideas and decisions are theirs, not just the leader's • Supporting everyone's ideas and not criticizing anyone for what they've said

Facilitation Isn’t Chairing It is & It Isn’t! A facilitator is a guide Not the seat of wisdom and knowledge Facilitator isn't there to give opinions Is to help draw out opinions and ideas Facilitation focuses on HOW not WHAT A facilitator is neutral

Why do you need facilitation skills? If you need,  Good planning  Key members involved  Create real leadership opportunities  Create staff skills

What the Organisation should Focus on? •Staff involvement •Creation of real leaders •Instilling real skills So FOCUS ON FACILITATION SKILLS

Can anyone learn to facilitate a meeting? • • • • • Yes, to a degree Being a good facilitator is both skill and art It is a skill-can learn certain techniques Can improve his/her ability with practice Organization can draw on members who have the skill and the talent

Can anyone learn to facilitate a meeting?

To put it another way… facilitating actually means: • Understanding the goals of the meeting and the organization • Keeping the group on the agenda and moving forward • Involving everyone in the meeting, including drawing out the quiet participants and controlling the domineering ones • Making sure that decisions are made democratically

Climate and Environment • set an important tone for participation • There are many factors – that impact how safe and comfortable people feel about interacting with each other and participating – The environment and general "climate" of a meeting or planning session sets an important tone for participation

The Factors of climate & environment Is the location a familiar place, one where people feel comfortable?

Logistics and Room

Logistics and Room Arrangements • whether you're responsible for them or not, –The factors may include: • Chair arrangements • Places to hang newsprint • Sign-In sheet • Microphones and audio visual equipment • Refreshments, etc

Ground Rules  Most meetings have some kind of operating rules  Some groups use Robert's Rules of Order (parliamentary procedure)

Ground Rules

Ground Rules "Hey, she isn't telling us how to act. It's up to us to figure out what we think is important!"

Common ground rules

Common ground rules •One person speaks at a time •Raise your hand if you have something to say •Listen to what other people are saying •No mocking or attacking other people's ideas •Be on time coming back from breaks •Respect each other

A process to develop ground rules • Tell folks that you want to set up some ground rule • Put a blank sheet of newsprint on the wall with the heading "Ground Rules.“ • "check -in" with the whole group before you write up an idea • Once you have gotten 5 or 6 good rules up, check to see if anyone else has other suggestions • Ask the group if they agree with these Ground Rules and are willing to follow them

Facilitating a meeting or planning session What's it all about? Three basic parts of facilitation: • The process of the meeting • Skills and tips for guiding the process • Dealing with disrupters

The meeting process may look ! defined but it’s really undefined

The meeting process "What do I actually do DURING the meeting to guide the process along?"

Steps and tips

Facilitating steps of a meeting • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1. Start the meeting on time 2. Welcome everyone 3. Make Introductions 4. Review the agenda, objectives and ground rules for the meeting 5. Encourage participation 6. Stick to the agenda 7. Avoid detailed decision-making 8. Seek commitment 9. Bring closure to each items 10. Respect everyone's rights 11. Be flexible 12. Summarize the meeting results and needed follow-ups 13. Thank the participants 14. Close the meeting

Facilitator skills and tips • • • • • • • • • 1. Don't memorize a script 2. Watch the group's body language 3. Always check back with the group 4. Summarize and pause 5. Be aware of your own behaviour 6. Occupy your hands 7. Watch your speech 8. Use body language of our own 9. Don't talk to the newsprint, blackboard or walls--they can't talk back!

Get agreement, Get Consensus

Dealing with disrupters: Preventions and interventions • 1. Get agreement on the agenda, ground rules and outcomes • 2. Listen carefully • 3. Show respect for experience • 4. Find out the group's expectations • 5. Stay in your facilitator role • 6. Don't be defensive (Try using these "Interventions" when disruption is happening during the meeting)

Possible Interventions Interventions • 1. Have the group decide • 2. Use the agenda and ground rules • 3. Be honest: Say what's going on • 4. Use humour • 5. Accept or legitimize the point or deal • 6. Use body language • 7. Take a break • 8. Confront in the room

Cultural Differences

Six Fundamental Patterns of Cultural Difference – – – – – – Different Communications Styles Different Attitudes Toward Conflict Different Approaches to Completing Tasks Different Decision-Making Styles Different Attitudes Toward Disclosure Different Approaches to Knowing • Respecting Our Differences and Working Together • Guidelines for Multicultural Collaboration (Marcelle E. DuPraw and Marya Axner)

Resources Auvine, B., Dinsmore, B., Extrom, M., Poole, S., Shanklin, M. (1978). A manual for group facilitators. Madison, WI: The Center for Conflict Resolution. Bobo, K., Kendall, J., Max, S., (1991). A manual for activists in the 1990s. Cabin John, MD: Seven Locks Press. Nelson-Jones, R. (1992). Group leadership: A training approach. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. Schwarz, R.M. (1994). The skilled facilitator: Practical wisdom for developing effective groups. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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