During this interactive workshop, participants will learn and practice the skill and art of facilitation. We will use a combination of large group, small group, and paired discussion formats to teach and model facilitation practices. Emphasis will be placed on pre-planning, the role of the facilitator, meeting tips, and process design. Participants will practice facilitative listening skills and small group techniques.
During this interactive workshop, participants will learn and practice the skill and art of facilitation. We will use a combination of large group, small group, and paired discussion formats to teach and model facilitation practices. The following topics will be covered in the workshop:
1. Pre-planning: Understand the purpose/goals of the meeting Diagnosis (organization, task) Group dynamics Contracting Developing an agenda Mechanics of the meeting
2. Your role as the facilitator (and how to bring your best self to the meeting) Being prepared Setting the stage Facilitative listening skills Creating space for diverse views/ensuring participation Recognizing divergent and convergent thinking and how to navigate various stages in group decision-making Managing process and group dynamics Assuring progress toward outcomes
3. Meeting tips Agenda review Ground rules Staying on track/interventions Recording Group reflection/evaluation Closing the meeting
4. Process Design: Tools and techniques to engage participants in decision-making Facilitating Large group Open discussions (using reflection sheets; brainstorming; affinity process; nominal group process)
Alternatives to large group open discussion (1-2-4; small groups; gallery tour; World Café/rotating break out groups; Art of Hosting) Both Jennifer and Sharon have facilitated dozens of meetings in their roles as UW Extension educators, and have discovered some tools and strategies that work for us. We also draw from the work of researchers who have pioneered the development of facilitative techniques, and from training programs we’ve attended on facilitation. We see this workshop as an opportunity to both teach and learn, and will create a workshop environment where all participants share, teach, listen, and learn.