Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0230, November 15, 2005 | 7,000 Subscribers....
 

Dear friends,

As we continue to refine our take on facilitation, we've identified several perspective we feel are important for facilitators to embrace in their work. In this week's article, "The Seven "U's" of Facilitation," we review these internal perspectives that make good facilitators great.

We've worked out another bonus arrangement for the next 25 members of FacilitatorU.com with Coach Laurie Geary. Join now and receive as a bonus, a free copy of her ebook, "Gear Up With Games:
Games & Initiatives for Networking, Energizing, Team-Building and Just Plain Fun!" This book explores the basic theory and models of experiential activities and then provides a collection of over 75 of them organized by category to be used in your groups. Click here for details of FacilitatorU.com membership.

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The Seven U's of FacilitatorU
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Self-Facilitation Skill


The perspective and state of mind from which a facilitator engages a group has a lot to do with the impact they will have on their group. Therefore, the inner attitudes and perspectives held by facilitators is a subject we're very interested in here at FacilitatorU.

As we continue to refine our take on facilitation, we've identified several perspective we feel are important for facilitators to embrace in their work. We call them "The Seven "U's" of Facilitation," or of FacilitatorU to truly drive home the "U" theme we've been visiting lately.

Application


The Seven "U's" of FacilitatorU.

1. Universal Perspective. Facilitators are open to all people and perspectives and capable of sensing the larger truth in any group dynamic. This doesn't mean that "anything goes" in a group. It means that to the best of our ability, we are free of judgment regarding "right or wrong" viewpoints. Instead, we are open to supporting our groups to find the best solutions they can based on their collection desires, values, and interests.

2. Understanding.
Facilitators model and facilitate the cultivation of deep understanding of the interests held and feeling experienced by each participant. This means that facilitators listen, observe, and empathize deeply with what's expressed. In a world where most of us are more interested in being heard than understanding others, this is a valuable behavior to model and takes groups a long way to aligning their energies to one another.

3. Unifying Purpose.
Facilitators guide people from divergent interests and values to create and commit to a common purpose, freeing them from the barriers and misunderstandings that keep them from accomplishing larger goals.

4. Uncovering Possibility. Facilitators operate from a field of unlimited possibility which is contagious to participants. In a world of "either this or that," facilitators hold the space for and encourage exploration of the "and" around the issue at hand. There are always more, many more, than two solutions to any problem, yet this is often how we hear solutions to problems framed in our culture. This has less to do with the circumstances around a problem than it has to do with our habitual patterns of thinking...patterns that impede us from creating a wealth of alternatives.

5. Unique Solutions. Facilitators operate in present time and empower participants to respond to current reality to develop solutions that best fit today's challenges. Not surprisingly, history tends to repeat itself when we solve today's problems with yesterday's strategies. Facilitators encourage participants to look at current realities and to expose and withhold assumptions around these realities to craft the best solutions.

6. Unity of Group. Facilitators cultivate the realization of group mind and access to the greater potential of collective intelligence and passion to move the group forward. Facilitators know that this is a tangible capacity for those groups committed to realizing it and can guide those groups willing to achieve this level of intimacy.

7. It's About "U" (You). Who you are inside as a facilitator is reflected in your group in some way. Hence, effective self-facilitation is priority one. We all have our own "inner groups" that tend to go dysfunctional at times. Facilitators use their skills to clarify and focus their internal world to be the best instruments of service to their groups.

Action

Which of the "U's" above resonate with you the most? Which one would you like to expand in your work? Please email us what you discover, we'd love to hear from you.
 
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My colleague and fellow coach, Laurie Geary has put together a great ebook for facilitators and trainers that lays out the basic theory and models of experiential activities and then provides a collection of over 75 of them organized by category to be used in your groups. "Gear Up With Games! Games & Initiatives for Networking, Energizing, Team-Building and Just Plain Fun!" is a great book to have in your collection. The experiential activities address all the stages of group development including theoretical models and suggested processing questions, and includes quotes and readings related to teamwork and a rich bibliography.

Laurie Geary has put together a great book of field-tested experiential games and activities for trainers and facilitators. Her explanations for setting up and running each activity are very clear and concise. I've purchased a lot of books on training activities and usually only find a few from each book that I can envision using. Laurie's outstanding collection is full of activities I'm itching to try out. She includes many activities I have not seen described elsewhere. The person new to using experiential activities will also find instructions for some classic activities as well. --Linda Bickham, Corporate Trainer--

We've worked out an agreement with Laurie to allow us to give 25 copies of this ebook away to the next 25 members who sign up for FacilitatorU.com. You can have a look at the ebook here. Or click here to join FacilitatorU.com now and receive this book as part of the many membership features.



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