Master Facilitator Journal

Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0555, September 25, 2012

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Dear Friends,

As summer turns to autumn, perhaps you're experiencing a yearning to relax and take a break from the force of mass production so typical in many of our lives. In that spirit we invite you to practice doing less, even in your work with groups. In this week's article, Be a Catalyst for Clarity we discuss the upside of delivering less information in your groups. I look forward to your thoughts and feelings on this subject.

A video version of this article is also available on my blog here:

Private Paradigm Shifting Session. If you're struggling with a persistent problem or concern, I'd be happy to help you explore it in such a way that might help you change your relationship to it so that it's no longer a problem. I practice an eclectic blend of modalities that offer a powerful, gentle, and respectful alternative to cognitive therapy that typically produces profound and lasting results, commensurate with one's willingness. Sessions usually take about an hour, and rarely need to be repeated. If you are interested in receiving a private or group phone session, contact me to discuss it.

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.

Attending this course helped me to understand the importance of facilitation skills in everything that I do,from leadership, to supervision, to participation. I have thought about things I learned in the course every day since the course ended.
--2007 Workshop Participant--

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The Point

Be a Catalyst for Clarity
Establish clear, manageable objectives, and deliver them.

Presentation Skill

It's easy when we're trying to present something new, particularly in a training and development environment, to be overwhelmed by all that we want our participants to know on the subject. As good trainers, teachers, and facilitators, we want our audience to get the most learning in the least time. The problem is that this type of thinking can get us and our audience confused. Trying to deliver too much information impedes learning. Learning isn't solely about information. It's about using information to accomplish something we couldn't accomplish before. This requires time to digest, integrate and apply new ideas.

With this in mind, plan your presentation around only a few (no more than three) items in a single sitting. Seek to deliver these points clearly and succinctly. This will help to make your presentation clearer and provide the space for the audience to generalize new information with their own experience. Planning space in your presentation also allows you to adjust the course of the presentation to meet learning needs and interests that arise in the moment.

Finally, it's OK to leave your participants wanting a little bit. It's far better for them to leave hungry and curious about a few new ideas rather than overwhelmed and confused by too many of them!


Suppose you have one hour to present all there is to know about conflict resolution? You just happen to be an expert on this. You have at least 10 key points you want to cover, about 5 examples, and you can talk non-stop on this subject for hours with no problem. You are concerned about how to present this in the time allowed.

Try putting yourself in the seat of your participants. Pick three points on this subject you'd like to leave with if you were one of them. Spend a few minutes before you start to query participants around their biggest concerns on this topic. Select and refine your planned activities based on their input. This approach assures that participants leave with the major points you want them to have, while addressing their immediate needs. They will likely leave feeling heard and excited about what they've learned. 

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The next time you have something to present, try this. Limit your agenda to no more than three major points. Focus on creating opportunities for your audience to demonstrate to you and each other that they do in fact understand the material. This change in perspective will do wonders for your presentation. Not to mention your audience attention span! I'm interested in hearing what happened. Please click on Add Your Comments to share your questions, feedback, or experience.
I'd love to hear from you.

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