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Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0498, July 26, 2011

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Dear Friends,








How often have you been invited to be part of a group assembled at a conference, planning session or workshop to explore some small group issue? Often these groups are asked to do their work without an assigned facilitator. How often have you watched groups like this struggle when no one steps in or knows how to step in to keep them on course?

In situations like this, I've often thought it would be a great gift to suggest someone take the lead facilitating these groups and that they be offered a short primer for how to do so. A simple model that so practical and easy to remember that they could actually use it.

In this week's article, Facilitating Interim Small Groups, I've taken on the task of designing just such a simple model and outlined it below. I look forward to any feedback you have that might help refine this for use in interim small group leadership.

If you or your colleagues are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please email your ideas. I'd love to hear from you. We hope our work continues to bring inspiration to your world. Thank you for being a part of our growing community and please continue to send your wonderful feedback.

Blessings,

Steve Davis

Founder, FacilitatorU.com



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Facilitating Interim Small Groups

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Group Process Skill

How often have you been invited to be part of a group assembled at a conference, planning session or workshop to explore some small group issue? Often these groups are asked to do their work without an assigned facilitator. How often have you watched groups like this struggle when no one steps in or knows how to step in to keep them on course?

In situations like this, I've often thought it would be a great gift to suggest someone take the lead facilitating these groups and that they be offered a short primer for how to do so. A simple model that so practical and easy to remember that they could actually use it.

So I've taken on the task of designing just such a simple model and outlined it below. I look forward to any feedback you have that might help refine this for use in interim small group leadership.
Application


I call this simple model the 3 P's of small group facilitation. The 3 P's stand for:

1. Preparation
2. Participation
3. Progress


Within each "P" are three more elements that are represented by the first three letters of each step. And each of these three elements answers the questions, Who? What? and How?

1. Preparation (PRE)

- P
review: What are we here to accomplish?
- Roles: What is your role as a participant; who wants to take notes, keep time, keep us on track, etc.
- Engagement: How will we commit to working together to achieve our goal? In other words, what process will we use?

2. Participation (PAR)

- Prompt: the group to give it's input, answer a question, share an experience, etc. using the processes decided above to reach the intended goal. What's on the table right now?
- Allow: stop talking and be quiet; allow participants to respond. You're role is to get the group sharing on topic. How do we get participation?
- Respond and Redirect: Clarify what's said if necessary, encourage response of others and redirect to get input from others. Who wants to share next?

3. Progress (PRO)
- Personalize action items. Make sure ever action is assigned to someone. What are our action items?
- Review who's doing what and by when. Who's doing what?
- Outcomes: Review how well the goals of your meeting were accomplished and celebrate your progress! How did we do?

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Action


How might you use the small group guidelines above to support those you work with? What about the above model that you would add or change?
Click on Add Your Comments to share your questions, feedback, or experience on this topic.


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