Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0200, April 19, 2005 | 7,000 Subscribers..
 

Dear friends,

This is a special day for the Master Facilitator Journal. This is our 200th issue of this ezine delivered weekly for nearly four years now as a resource for group workers worldwide! It's been quite a journey, and has brought me so many new friends, colleagues, and opportunities for which I'm truly grateful.

I wanted to make this 200th issue about something special. Something noteworthy that not only reflects and celebrates all that's came before, but that also presents something useful and positive that we can put to use today. What is that I asked? A theme or a metaphor usually presents itself when I ask this question, but today, nothing.

So back to basics I went for inspiration and I found a list of core values for facilitators I came up with some time ago. We spend so much time helping our groups clarify and act on their values, it seems that our values as group leaders ought to be important as well. Not as values to impose on our participants, but values that support us in being of the greatest service to the groups we work with.

As we prepare to launch FacilitatorU.com as a membership site this summer, we are getting clearer that facilitation is often best talked and taught about as a skill set within a larger context. For instance,
people are more interested in improving the results groups accomplish in the context of business, teaching, training, consulting, coaching, etc., than they are in learning about group process skills in general. So leaders who embrace core values that inform a facilitative mind set are likely to see their groups achieve their best within whichever context they exist.

If you are using facilitation skills in a "non-facilitator" capacity, we'd love to hear about how you are using your skills and how they are being received in this arena. We'd also love to get your feedback on our membership concept and offering. Please click here to have a look at it.

Finally, we want give thank you, our devoted readers for your continued support. Your many emails, phone calls, thoughtful feedback, encouragement, ideas, and accolades, provided the much needed energy we need to forge ahead, without which we would not have made it this far. Thank you for your continued support!

In this Issue:

Feature Article: The Facilitator's Core Values

Expert Tele-Seminars: Check out our growing collection of pre-recorded expert interviews.

New Pre-Recorded 5-Day Teleclass: The Improvisational Facilitator & Intervene With Confidence

Have a great week!

Steve Davis
Publisher

 
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The Facilitator's Core Values
Internal perspectives to help you access the facilitative mind set

The Point


We spend so much time helping our groups clarify and act on their values, it seems that our values as group leaders ought to be important as well. Not as values to impose on our participants, but values that support us in being of the greatest service to the groups we work with. Group leaders who embrace core values that inform a facilitative mind set are likely to see their groups achieve their best whatever their purpose and whatever their context.

Application

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The bedrock values of facilitation form useful signposts in our evolution as group facilitators. Knowing and building on these values will enrich and enhance your experience and effectiveness in the field. Can you add to this list?

  • Transparency. Shares all they see and feel that might further the groupís purpose.
  • Autocracy. Fiercely guards "how" things are done while letting the group do the work.
  • Trust. Engenders trust by telling the truth and doing what he says he will do.
  • Respect. Respects self and others equally.
  • Objectivity, Shares biases when objectivity is challenged.
  • Possibility. Believes in the brilliance of her group and encourages them to stretch.
  • Adaptability. Adapts to changing situations and group needs.
  • Equanimity. Maintains emotional balance and calm in the midst of conflict.
  • Detachment. Enthusiastically supports group's agenda, and process to complete it, but is unattached to outcomes.
  • Results. Helps group get the results they want in a way that honors their relationships and values.
Action
Review the list of values above and select one that you particularly want to work on this week. What will you do to make it a bigger part of your presence? Any changes or additions you'd suggest for this list? Please send us your comments.
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In the Spotlight


Self-Guided Real Audio and CD versions of our two latest teleclasses are now available.

Each course comes with recordings of lives teleclasses that you can listen to over your computer (real audio versions) or on your stereo (CD version) and a workbook that you can follow along with at your own pace, together with other bonuses. See details below.


The Improvisational Facilitator

5-day Teleclass on the use of improv techniques to enhance your facilitation, training, and group leadership skills

Learning improv techniques to become a more effective facilitator and group leader

The Improvisational Facilitator, 5-Day Teleclass
The inner attitudes of facilitators is the key to their success with groups. However, very few trainings address the development of those inner qualities that can make a good facilitator great. That's why I'm thrilled to be offering this class where we'll present powerful, practical improv techniques that are actually inner attitudes and practices that you can use to immediately enhance your facilitation, training, and group leadership skills.

This dynamic teleclass, led by master trainer, Sue Walden, is for anyone who facilitates, manages, teaches, mediates, coaches, counsels, directs any group. This highly interactive course provides an experiential approach using very novel exercises to help you build the skills to create an environment for participation; one that encourages openness and risk-taking for you and groups.


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Intervene with Confidence!

5-day Teleclass for facilitators, trainers, and change agents

Learn effective models, strategies, and practices to intervene on individual and group behaviors to realign, refocus, challenge, or protect group process

Intervene With Confidence, 5-Day Teleclass
Group "Intervention" is one of the most challenging skills to master as a facilitator. So, we are especially pleased to finally announce the first time offering of this teleclass which will explore the art and science of group process intervention. This class for anyone who plays a facilitative or leadership role in a group and will explore practical ways to effectively intervene on individual and group behaviors to realign, refocus, challenge, or protect group process. In particular, this class will benefit group facilitators, trainers, life coaches, teachers, business and community leaders, and managers, whatever level of skill they have in group facilitation.

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