Facilitation Made Easy: Practical Tips to Improve Meetings by Esther Cameron

By Esther Cameron

"Facilitation Made effortless is jam-packed with solid advice...its specific energy is that it not just discusses what to do, but in addition explains why." -- BJET

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The facilitator should encourage the group to do this by setting workshop ground rules at the start of the workshop covering areas such as levels of honesty and amount of airtime per individual. The facilitator can speed this process up by 20 The psychology of groups suggesting a list, which the group can add to or modify (see Chapter 4 for a possible list). Coalitions Our closest primate cousin, the chimpanzee, can teach us a thing or two about coalitions. Chimpanzees spend at least 20 per cent of the day grooming each other.

The workshop aims are made clear and participants get a chance to question these aims. The workshop structure is set up, and the workshop ground rules agreed. Step 2 Topic focus The facilitator begins with a question or activity that allows the participants to focus on the workshop topic at the top level. For example, a workshop addressing a specific problem could start by giving everyone a chance to write down how he or she has been affected by the problem. This allows everyone to clear out the worries of the day, and focus on the workshop.

46 Planning a facilitated workshop Step 2 Topic focus Use one of the discussion openers listed above to open up the topic. Get discussion going round the issues raised. Steps 3, 4, 5 Specific topic sessions Home in on specific areas and use the structured discussion tools described above to make your way through the necessary creation of ideas, general discussion and decision making. A typical sequence is: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● brainstorm to generate ideas; discussion of ideas; whittle ideas down using secret voting or flipchart ticking; group work on pros and cons; mini presentations of group findings; group discussion; final decision using open or secret voting.

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