Master Facilitator Journal

Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0549, August 8, 2012

View Steve Davis's profile on LinkedIn
facilitatoru blog
Dear Friends,









Most of what goes on in a group happens below the thinking level and below participants conscious awareness. Given that most innovative, creative, inventive, and visionary developments are born at these deeper levels, progressive teams will benefit by developing awareness of them. This week's article Be a Multi-Dimensional Facilitator is offers ways for facilitators to cultivate group awareness and action at all levels: physical, thinking, emotional, intuitive, energy, spiritual and synergistic.

Winter Session of the Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration Workshop (JOFC). Our Winter session of the JOFC Workshop is now open for registration! We'll be meeting the week of January 14th in Madison Wisconsin. Come and experience a rare opportunity to learn an Integrally Informed Approach to Facilitation and Collaboration essential in grappling with the increasingly complex issues we face today in business, industry, government, and education. Click here for details and registration.

This was transformational, both at a personal and a professional level. This workshop gave me a new toolkit, one of which I draw upon in my personal and professional life. This week was one of the most impactful weeks I've had in my professional career.
--2012 Workshop Participant--

And, we're branching out. If you're interested in sponsoring a JOFC workshop in your area or for your company, please let us know!

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



Advertisements
facilitation checklists
virtual facilitation teleclass


The Point

Be a Multi-Dimensional Facilitator
Artful facilitation requires awareness and action at all levels: physical, thinking, emotional, intuitive, energy, spiritual and synergistic.


Intervention Skill


Most of what goes on in a group happens below the thinking level and below participants conscious awareness. Given that most innovative, creative, inventive, and visionary developments are born at these deeper levels, progressive teams will benefit by developing awareness of them. It is the facilitator's job to bring these deeper levels into awareness to help groups rise to higher levels of function.

In the book, The Art of Facilitation, the authors Dale Hunter, Anne Bailey, Bill Taylor do an excellent job of describing the characteristics and actions an effective facilitator must attend to each of the following levels of being:

bullet Physical Level
bullet Thinking Level
bullet Emotional Level

bullet Intuitive Level
bullet Energy Level
bullet Spiritual or Ritual Level
bullet Synergistic Level

We've summarized the details of each level below to help you identify what level a group is operating from and which level will help them further their purpose at any given time. You can get better at working with these levels by noticing them in your groups, sharing your observations with them, gaining group agreement to shift levels, and experimenting with processes designed to shift levels.




Application


bullet Physical Level: Plan and check for physical comfort needs, and utility of tools and props required to support specific group intention. Handle things like temperature, fresh air, comfortable seating, lighting and visibility of people and props, food and drink, restroom facilities, tools and props required to support specific group intention, and special needs of participants (interpreters, childcare, accommodations for disabled, etc.)

bullet Thinking Level: Primary mode of most groups and the level where much of the "concrete" work gets done. At this level, encourage people to fully participate, speak of possibility, focus on forward motion, share ideas, embrace diversity, etc. At this level, these types of words are used: "I think...I've noticed...I understand...My vision is...Can you imagine...We need to consider"...etc.

bullet Emotional Level: This is the level of feeling where we share experiences, feelings, pain, joy, compassion, concern, etc. Encourage sharing from the heart, trust, participants owning their feelings, empathy and compassion, etc. Avoid letting people shut down their feelings or those of others, filling up the silence, or projection of feelings on others. At this level, these types of words are used: "I feel...I care...I'm concerned...etc.

bullet Intuitive Level: This level focuses on the essence of macro experiences. Encourage participants to listen for the whole group, for what needs to be said, speak the unsayable, and to recognize group wisdom.  Avoid ignoring the unspoken upset, group wisdom, or pretending the distress will go away. At this level, these types of words are used: "I sense that...There is something not quite right here...There is something wrong here...We are onto something--I've almost got it"...etc.

bullet Energy Level: This level focuses on nonverbal energy ques. As a facilitator, at times you'll need to help move the energy from low to high or vice versa. Encourage awareness of participants' energy levels, key energy points and shifts, and times where a shift is needed.

bullet Spiritual or Ritual Level: At this level you tap into the higher purpose and higher consciousness of the group. This can be done by using music, meditation, dance, art, and ritual to invoke higher spiritual energies such as compassion, love, planetary awareness, joy, essence, or a spirit of peace. Encourage development of group rituals, fun, joy, and self-expression, practices that deepen group experience, embracing of cultural diversity, and inclusion of all concerned. Discourage implanting rituals designed by others, that don't inspire everyone, that have become meaningless or boring.

bullet Synergistic Level: This is the level of transformation where a group becomes aligned, attuned, and integrated. At this level, participants are aware of group mind and can tap group wisdom at will. This is a magical level where the most powerful and creative work can be done. Encourage alignment with group purpose, clearing, attunement, spontaneity, deep sharing, appreciation, lightness, and humor. Discourage discounting self and others, cynicism, negativity, small-mindedness, and clinging to positions

Add Your Comments



Action


This week, practice identifying the various levels at which your groups are operating. If possible, share your observations with fellow facilitators or other group members. How will this help you become a more effective facilitator? Please click on Add Your Comments to share your questions, feedback, or experience.



This Week's Offer

30% off Becoming a Learning Facilitator (coupon VIP30)

Are you ready to learn the specific skills and tools needed to catapult your participants to a higher level of engaged and passionate learning? 

Join us for this 5-hour, experiential TeleClass with FacilitatorU.com founder Steve Davis


o Are you stumped when it comes to engaging the people in your trainings?

o Are you wondering why your participants don't want to get involved?

o Are you tired of trying to teach those who don't want to learn?

If you answered 'yes' to one or more of these questions, you're not alone! Delivering your message in a way that truly engages participants and leads to optimal learning is one of the biggest challenges faced by group facilitators.

The key is to shift from being a 'teacher'  to a 'co-creator', empowering the group to learn in ways you could not have planned.. Adults don't want to be 'taught' anymore. They got enough of that in school. 

Become a Learning Facilitator is a 5-hour TeleClass series designed to help you make the leap from conventional teaching to the skills, attitudes, and practices necessary to create and facilitate a learning environment.

Led by Steve Davis, founder of FacilitatorU.com, this course is for facilitators, trainers, teachers, and coaches who want to deliver experiential training for groups in a way that's fun, engaging, and interactive, and you'll take it from the comfort of your own home or office.

I became inspired and awakened to a new possibility. It's a possibility that instead of being a teacher, I discovered that I am very passionate about facilitating learning. This is what I am fundamentally all about, and I was turned on by the conversation, the facilitation, the tools and the community of learners that were present.
--Annie Hammond, Life Coach

By the end of this TeleClass series, you will have:

- Enhanced your love of teaching and training.
- Learned new ways to get your participants excited about learning again.
- Learned to listen for, encourage, and nurture what's important to participants.
- Learned to package your material in a way that better relates to your participants.
- Learned to connect with the group in a way that's rewarding for you both.
- Become a better listener and communicator.
- Released the burden of trying to make learning happen.
- Collaborated and learned from a community of your peers, who are all passionate about empowering groups.

This teleclass not only delivered facilitation techniques and information, it also aroused in me a new awareness of why I want to teach, train, mentor, and facilitate. Steve taught us how to sow seeds in people's hearts that can grow and sustain resourcefully and powerfully. The class has added a value to my coaching and my life. Thank you! --Bonnie Chan, Business Coach

Training Agenda...

Here's what you'll be learning and doing during this course...

Exploring the Landscape of Learning

- What is "Learning?" Who Learns? Who teaches?
- Review distinctions between Teaching, Training, Mentoring, Coaching, and Facilitating
- The Content/Process Paradox

Changing the Paradigm
- Shift from Director to Guide
- "Ability to do" vs. Info delivery
- Shifts for students and for teachers
- Relating to shifts in worldviews
- From curriculum development to needs assessment

Becoming a Learning Facilitator
- Characteristics
- Core Values
- Inner Shifts Required
- Methods
- Tools and Tactics

Learning Models
- Temperaments
- VAK Attack
- Learning Cycle
- Multiple Intelligences
- Habit Model
- Brain-Based Learning
- Communities of Practice
- KOLB Learning Cycle
- Instructional Events
- The Art of the Question
- Open Space Technology

Steve's relaxed and personable style lend credence to his message. His delivery is strong and the materials that he has collected are an asset to be treasured by anyone who is in the business of training or making presentations. The classes were easy to attend and very thorough. Given a chance, I would like to do it again. --Robert Brannan, Eldercoach

 

Also included with your training...

In addition to the training described above, you also receive:
- Content rich 50-page Student Learning Guide
- Access to the MP3 version of the training.

Steve's relaxed and personable style lend credence to his message. His delivery is strong and the materials that he has collected are an asset to be treasured by anyone who is in the business of training or making presentations. The classes were easy to attend and very thorough. Given a chance, I would like to do it again. --Robert Brannan, Eldercoach


Click below to Register for this live teleclass
Self-Guided 5-Hour MP3 Audio Version
If you'd like to learn this material at your own pace and on your own schedule, you can purchase the MP3 audio version of this teleclass complete with the learning guide. You'll be provided with access to recorded offerings of the five-hour teleclass (5 hours total) that you can listen to online and follow along in the learning guide is used in the live class. Click here to purchase for $79.

Self-Guided

Click here to purchase the
MP3 Audio Version for $79


Learning Guide Only

Click here to purchase the Learning Guide only.

One-Day Live Version

Interested in a one-day "live" version of this class offered to your group? Contact us to discuss options.

This teleclass held my attention, kept me thinking, and gave me inspiring ideas and tools that I look forward to using in my next workshop. --Sherry Leblanc, Executive Life Coach


The Learning Facilitator course gave me a new perspective in how I will approach my training. The idea of co-creating with my students is very energizing and I look forward to taking new risks in the future. --Marsha Benedetti, Education Resources Coordinator

 

About the satisfaction guarantee

If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this package, simply email us with a request to refund/credit your credit card in the full amount and we will do so immediately. It's our policy to do this and we honor this in every single case.

FacilitatorU.com Membership Option

Become a member of FacilitatorU.com premium member and receive this self-guided teleclass at half price in addition to a host of other items and benefits. An exceptional value. Click here for details.

 

©2001-2013. Powered by FacilitatorU.com, Madison, WI.. All Rights Reserved.