Facilitator Journal | Issue #0395, May 26, 2009
On this Memorial Day, I wanted to send you a short simple issue that
reflects on some basics of facilitation. I also wanted to note
that this month of May marks the eighth 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
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Free Resilience Teleclass. This Tuesday, May 26th, at 7:30pm Eastern, Neerja and I will be offering another in our series of teleclasses that will look into our relationships with beliefs and how loosening our hold on them can decrease their hold on us, making us more resilient and responsive to the flow of life's natural intelligence. Click here for details and registration.
Changing the face of teleclasses and virtual meetings. An amazing new teleconference platform called Maestro Conference has emerged. It allows the ultimate orchestration of teleconferences and most exciting of all, allows breakout groups to be created easily and effortlessly. They are currently in beta and have just begun offering a limited number of charter memberships at a reduced price.
I'm offering a free demo call this Thursday, May 28th, at 12pm Pacific. Click here to register. You'll receive participation instructions via email after you register.
JOFC Vancouver! We're thrilled to announce a 4-day version of our Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration workshop in Vancouver this summer during the week of July 27th. Click here for details and registration.
JOFC Workshop. There are still three spots left in our JOFC Workshop scheduled for June. If you're interested in an opportunity to learn an Integrally Informed Approach to Facilitation and Leadership, check this out. Click here for details and registration.
Remember and practice the basic
elements of facilitation
I came across this very succinct list of affirmations covering facilitation
fundamentals. The fundamentals in any field seem richer as we view them through the eyes of experience.
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
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,
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
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.
Source: The Facilitator's Fieldbook, by Justice
Review these basics before leading your next group. Do any of them strike a chord for you? Please send me your comments by replying to this email.
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