Facilitate for Group Results
It’s more fun to be a part of the conversation than just listening to one, but a group exchange can lead to chaos if everyone talks at once. A skilled facilitator opens the discussion, directs the flow by drawing from the group, and closes by summarising key points of interest. By keeping all participants engaged, the facilitator gives them a sense of involvement, and a feeling that they have made a valuable contribution.
Professionals bring their own knowledge and experience to the table. An effective facilitator helps participants learn from each other by guiding the discussion.
Professionals also retain much more when they are engaged than when listening to a lecture. An effective facilitator draws from the group and leads people to a higher level of understanding and performance.
In this course, you focus on the skill necessary for successful facilitation. You explore ways to open, lead and close sessions in a manner that fosters group involvement, rather than being the sage on stage. You will learn techniques that encourage group members to work together, instead of relying on you for direction. You will leave with the confidence and ability to lead a group by drawing on the strength of its members and guiding them toward their goals.