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As we move
into the close of yet another year, it seems appropriate
to talk about how we bring our groups to a close as
facilitators. So this week we'll talk about "Closers."
The purpose, value, and elements of processes to bring
our groups to a healthy conclusion.
Acts of Facilitation.
Teleclass starting Monday, January
19th. This class meets daily through Friday the 23rd,
from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (NY Time). This
class, that you can take from the comfort of your own
home or office, is for beginning facilitators, group
leaders, or group members who simply want to know more
about facilitation so that they can make their groups
more effective. These "discrete" acts of facilitation
also lend themselves to being taught to your group members
who desire to become more self-facilitative. Please
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Know how to gracefully bring your groups to completion.
facilitators and group leaders, we know the importance
of starting a group out on the right foot. We clarify
objectives, develop ground rules, set the tone and the
mood for the work to follow, etc. This is all very important
stuff. But effectively closing a group is often just
The work is done, let's move on...
Why bother you ask? Certainly there's no need to dally
when your work is complete, but sometimes great pieces
of work come at the last minute, providing there's a
space created to capture it. Also, loose ends left hanging,
particularly those of the interpersonal variety, may
be carried over to work done in future groups. Let's
have a look at some benefits of effective group closure:
Group closure offers an opportunity
that desired outcomes have been achieved.
that all actions have been taken that need to be taken.
that all the learning from the group has been voiced
any unfinished business between individuals.
that everyone is complete and freed up to move on
to the next project.
acknowledge a job well done and the importance of
the relationships that enabled success.
included a short "Closing Ritual" below that
you may use or adapt to fit your group's needs.
Use rituals such as this when closing groups that has
been meeting long enough to have completed major projects.
Length and depth of rituals will vary depending on depth
and breadth of connections and accomplishments of the
group. Use your own judgment with regard to scope of
Here's an example ritual that will help your group tie
up loose ends and come to completion.
You'll probably need to program about five minutes per
person to do a complete job with this process. Make
sure to watch for body language and other cues that
indicate unfinished business that should be addressed.
Ask each person in turn the following questions:
" What do you need to say to complete your involvement
in this group?"
Or, "What do you need to say to be complete?"
"Is there anything else? Any thoughts, feelings,
unmet expectations, requests, promises, acknowledgments?"
(Make any suggestions you deem appropriate.)
"If there is anything that you might say to someone
after the group is over, I request you say it now."
"Are there any acknowledgments that anyone would
like to make of themselves or others?"
The only response required from those acknowledged is
a simple "Thank you."
kinds of rituals and processes do you use to close your
groups? Are there any adjustments you'd like to make
around group closure? We'd love to hear your perspective
and processes around group closure. Please email
us your comments.
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and attitudes for the new facilitator or group
member who wants to get their group into serious
Random Acts of Facilitation, 5-Day Teleclass
This class will meet over a telephone bridge line
for five consecutive weekdays January 19-23, 2004
at 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST (NY Time) to cover 25+
facilitative actions you can take to empower and move
groups forward. This course, that you can take from
the comfort of your own home or office, is for beginning
facilitators, group leaders, or group members who
simply want to know more about facilitation so that
they can make their groups more effective. These "discrete"
acts of facilitation also lend themselves to being
taught to your group members who desire to become
the 5-Day Format/Training works...
1. You dial into your class every day for 5 days (Mon-Fri)
for a 60-minute focused training segment using a conferencing
2. You work a 25-point checklist during the 5 days
(about an hour a day of study and field work) which
you complete by Friday afternoon, or sooner if you
3. You will have the opportunity to discuss issues
on the subject matter with the instructor and your
classmates via an online discussion forum during the
4. During the week, you may access the instructor
via email for help or situational questions.
Random Acts of Facilitation Training Agenda...
Here's what you'll be learning and doing during the
Introduction to the Facilitation
and Self Facilitation Skills.
1. Create the Ambience.
2. Share the Dream.
3. Get Facilitation
5. Me First.
Relating with compassion
6. Be Ignorant.
7. Make Smiles Happen.
8. Hold 'em High.
9. Acknowledge the Elephant.
10. Turn on Your Crap-Detector.
Dynamics and Facilitation
11. Build the Container.
12. Build trust.
13. Mine the Unexpected.
14. Evolve Your Team.
15. Honor the Process.
16. Facilitate Full Participation
and Presenting yourself confidently, professionally,
17. Prepare for Success.
18. Get Real.
19. Make Experiences, Not Speeches
20. Watch the Body Talk.
21. Be your message
Intervening to shift group
22. Tame the Tormentors.
24. Use the Struggle.
25. Break through barriers.
26. Facilitate from Within.
27. Embrace Facilitation as a Master's Path
to you of participating from the 5-Day Random Acts
of Facilitation Training...
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,
2. Never waste another minute in an ineffective meeting
3. Learn how to challenge and empower every group
you come in contact with.
4. Learn skills to help groups make quantum leaps
in their effectiveness.
5. Be a catalyst for positive change in your community.
with your training...
In addition to the 5-Day training described above,
you also receive:
1. Comprehensive 15-page Student Learning Guide.
access to the participant-only website (lots of resources,
3. Free access to the RealAudio version of the 5-Day
4. 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
January 19-23, 2004, 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST (NY
Time), 60 minutes each day.
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,
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