Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0155 | June 1, 2004 | 8,000 Subscribers...
 


Dear friends,

On this Memorial Day, I wanted to send you a short simple issue that reflects again on some basics of facilitation. I also wanted to note that this month of May marks the third anniversary of this publication that started May 15, 2001. And of course, I'd like to commemorate those who have given their all for noble causes around the world and through the ages.

I wanted to also let you know that I'll be presenting at the upcoming International Association of Facilitators conference in Scottsdale this June. If you plan on attending, please considering coming to my presentation, "The Random Acts of Facilitation Playshop," Saturday afternoon (you can register on the conference site) and/or send me an email about us connecting live at the conference as I'd love to meet you in person.

If any of you have any interesting stories or experiences about facilitation, group process, work groups, team building, training, etc. that might interest our readers, please email them to us.

Have a great week!

Steve Davis
Publisher

 
Group Process Skill
Remembering the Basics
 Remember and practice the basic elements of facilitation.
The Point

I came across a nice little list of affirmations that cover facilitation fundamentals that I thought would be great for us to review from time to time. They came from "The Facilitator's Fieldbook," by Justice and Jamieson and are reproduced below.

Application


I listen intensely. I am a model for listening, often paraphrasing and "mirroring" what was said.

I maintain good eye contact
and stay connected to the group and each of its members.

I trust in the resources of the group. 
I keep focused on the process of getting things done; I remain detached from what the group decides to do.

I always use people's first names.

I stay awake, present
at each moment.

I organize, connect, and summarize data
to achieve closure and a sense of completion.

I protect each and every idea offered.
I do not allow ideas to be attacked until evaluation time.

I am a facilitator, not a performer.
My work is being interested, not interesting.

I encourage everyone
to express themselves, and I validate varying points of view offered. I keep track of who talks and who does not, encouraging balanced participation.

I am the guide, not the group leader; I support the group leader(s).

I am constantly mindful of the outcomes
the group is seeking and flexible in my approach to helping achieve those outcomes.

Action


This week, read these affirmations and chose one of these to focus on throughout the week. Please email us your thoughts or experiences on this.

 
 
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