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article explores things
you can do to start
facilitating your group before you actually meet.
We explore the use of media ranging from books, articles,
movies, plays, listserves, and music.
have changed the schedule and format for our next "Random
Acts of Facilitation" Teleclass. We will be
once per week for 4 weeks starting Wednesday, October
22th through Wednesday,
November 12th, from 7:00-8:30 PM EDT.
Please see details below.
We've had a pretty good response to our "Ask Campaign"
last week with several people getting answers that helped
them. So feel free to give it a try yourself. What's
the single most important question you have about facilitation?
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If any of you have had interesting experiences with
groups as either a
participant or as a facilitator, please tell us about
it. We are always on the lookout for great case studies
and techniques that will benefit everyone for our future
Thanks for your support!
the Stage for Inspired Workshops
facilitating your group before you meet.
sure many of you have had the experience of an inner
shift beginning once you've committed to some important
future action. This might be enrolling in a spiritual
retreat, an intensive personal growth program, a graduate
program, a commitment to counseling or coaching, etc.
This is testament to the fact that whatever we put our
attention on grows. When we begin to pay special attention
to, be "witness" to our own self-awareness,
skills, attitudes, or behaviors, we tend to begin adjusting
them to be more aligned with our desires. And, our capacity
for change and development around the point of focus
I find that there are some relatively easy things we
can do with our groups before we actually meet with
them. These activities can be as simple as suggesting
ways for particpants to begin to shift their attention
in the direction of the work they're about to do with
their upcoming workshop. We've included some ideas below
you might like to consider when setting the stage for
your future groups.
Suggest certain books or articles to read. Send
these suggestions to participants before the workshop
giving them enough time to read and digest them. Include
short articles, summaries, or key points for those who
might not have time to read a lot before hand. You may
also pose a couple of questions for them to consider
as they reflect on their reading in service to your
2. Create a set of sequential questions, that build
upon each other, to evoke thinking about the topic.
Send them to the participants using a sequential
autoresponder. Either collect the answers and use them
as part of the meeting documentation or just pose them
as a way to stimulate thinking in preparation for your
listening to musical selections. Consider the emotional
tone that certain musical pieces might elicit to align
participants with the theme of your work together. These
pieces can be reused in your workshop to recall and
reinforce this tone while you're engaged in the work.
a site that offers a good overview of how to
use various musical styles in presentations.
4. Suggest viewing a movie or a segment of a movie.
Movies can have a powerful impact on us. Imagine assigning
movies for participants to watch prior to coming to
your workshop. For example, think about the movie, "Mission,"
and how it spoke to man's ability to creating a sense
of purpose and how to forgive one's self. Consider the
barn raising scene from "Witness" in support
of team-building. Or think about how "Phenomenon"
made you feel about what human's are capable of.
Prepare your group with a fresh, provocative and inspiring
performance work. A close friend of mine and true
Master Facilitator, Debbie
Phillips, is leading a workshop called, "Igniting
The Possibilities Within You" in New York City
later this month. In preparation for this workshop she
is hosting, the night before, a private performance
of a fabulous play called "Women On Fire"
by playwright Irene
doing this, Debbie will have rich context to draw upon
with the group the next day. If you live in or around
the New York City area Debbie has extended a personal
invitation to MFJ readers. Click
here if you would like to learn more about this
program. If this is anything like Debbie's other programs
this should be a great experience!
Use technology to begin community building. In many
of my classes, I begin to get people engaged about a
week before the class starts. I subscribe everyone to
a class listserve and invite introductions, query people
about what they want out of the class, and inspire interaction
so that people get a sense of each other before the
official start of the class. This really seems to give
the group a headstart in breaking the ice, and gives
me a head start in getting to know them and tailoring
the class to their needs.
7. Have a series of specific pre-meetings to prepare
the group for the main event. These meetings can
focus on preparing the group for one specific aspect
of the larger overall meeting. For example, you and
your participants might find it very useful to know
and understand their Myers-Briggs Types prior to engaging
in deeper work with the group.
Hold pre-event interviews with the participants.
By asking the participants specific and probing questions
around the meeting subjects, the facilitator can begin
stimulating thinking about topics to be covered. This
is also a powerful tool for discovering where the group
happens to be around the topics to be covered.
you like to republish this or other articles from the
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could you do to more effectively "set the stage"
for your future workshops?
We'd love to hear from you. Please email
us your comments.
FacilitatorU.com Teleclass Survey
got lots of interesting ideas for new teleclass here
at FacilitatorU, but before we charge off to design
them, we thought it would be smart to ask you what you're
most interested in learning.
Please complete this quick online survey so that we
can better build classes to support your unique needs.
It's a quick one. You'll be done in just a couple of
minutes. And, if you complete the survey, we'll give
you instructions to download a Free, two-sided wallet-sized
card containing the "Random Acts of Facilitation."
Great little reference for your work with groups!
here to launch the survey now. Thanks for your
MFJ "Ask" Campaign
trying something new here at MFJ in our efforts to tune
into what our readers are up to and what they need to
support their facilitation work.
What's the single most important question you have
about facilitation? We'll
do our best to reply with some helpful comments. Thanks
Steve Davis helps facilitators, coaches, consultants and leaders
who are struggling to
present themselves confidently, empower their groups, enhance
their facilitation skills,
and build their businesses on and off line. Please email
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Teleclassfor facilitators and
skills and attitudes for the new and experienced
facilitator who wants to get their group into
Random Acts of Facilitation Teleclass
This class will meet for four consecutive Wednesday's,
October 22nd through November 12th, 2003 at 7:00-8:30
PM EDT (NY Time) to cover 25+ discrete facilitative
actions you can take to empower and move groups forward.
This course is for facilitators at any level or group
members that simply want to know more about facilitation
so that they can make the groups they are a part of
more effective. Being discrete acts of facilitation,
they also lend themselves to being taught to your group
members who desire to become more self-facilitative.
the Training works...
1. You dial into your class every Wednesday from October
22nd through November 12th for a 90-minute focused training
segment using a telephone conferencing bridge.
2. You work a 25-point checklist during the course (about
an hour a week of study and field work).
3. You will have the opportunity to discuss issues on
the subject matter with the instructor and your classmates
via an online listserve during the course.
4. During the week, you may access the instructor via
email for help or situational questions.
Acts of Facilitation Training Agenda...
Here's what you'll be learning and doing during the
Introduction to the Facilitation,Self
Facilitation and Relating Skills.
1. Set the Stage.
2. Share the Dream.
3. Get Facilitation
5. Me First.
6. Be Ignorant.
7. Make Smiles Happen.
Relating and Group Dynamics
8. Hold 'em High.
9. Acknowledge the Elephant.
10. Turn on Your Crap-Detector.
11. Build the Container.
12. Build trust.
13. Mine the Unexpected.
and Presenting yourself
14. Evolve Your Team.
15. Honor the Process.
16. Facilitate Full Participation
17. Prepare for Success.
18. Get Real.
19. Make Experiences, Not Speeches
20. Be your message
Intervening to shift group
21. Tame the Tormentors.
23. Use the Struggle.
24. Break through barriers.
25. Facilitate from Within.
to you of participating from the Random Acts of Facilitation
1. Get a great introduction to the concept and practice
of facilitation skills if you are contemplating becoming
a facilitator, team leader, board member, manager, mediator,
2. Learn some "easy to remember," discrete
tools you can use to empower any group.
3. Learn how to challenge and empower every group you
come in contact with.
4. Learn to appreciate and use surprises by getting
comfortable dealing with the "unexpected"
in your groups.
5. Gain reinforcement for the facilitative work you're
already doing and learn some language and theory to
back it up.
6. Collaborate and learn from a community of your peers,
who are all passionate about empowering groups.
with your training...
In addition to the training described above, you also
1. Free access to the participant-only website (lots
of resources, forms, etc.).
2. Free access to the RealAudio version of the training.
3. Free copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value).
The full cost of training/access is only $79 for MFJ
readers ($89 for the general public) including a free
copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value). Everything
you read about above is included. And, we offer a 100%-satisfaction-guaranteed
October 22-November 12, 2003, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT (NY Time)
here to register. Immediately upon completion
of your registration, you will receive an email with
instructions to access the course and free article bank.
This course is limited to 20 individuals, first come,
the satisfaction guarantee
If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this
package, simply email us with a request to refund/credit
your credit card in the full amount and we will do so
immediately. It's our policy to do this and we honor
this in every single case. (Why? Because we are sensitive
to the fact that you are buying an e-course/product
from us and we feel that if this package isn't EXACTLY
what you expected or wanted, that you should be able
to get 100% of your money back. This policy completely
removes the buying risk for you and keeps our customer-satisfaction
rates extremely high.)
here for a one-minute audio testimonial from
several participants on the final day of the teleclass.
you for reading this issue of the Master Facilitator Journal. Look
for your next issue on October 14, 2003.
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