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Dare to facilitate

May 25, 2016 | Blog-Admin1 | Change Stories, Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |

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Nadia

Facilitation is (also) a question of confidence, of daring to “stand there” and to be the facilitator. But first facilitation is a question of good preparation and of getting the 3 Ps clear: purpose, people and process. The key task of a facilitator is helping the organisers to clarify the purpose of the workshop, to understand people’s needs and questions, and to design a good process that is interactive, relevant and meaningful. 

Nadia von Holzen, SDC 

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Facilitating a workshop is contributing to collaboration and cooperation. A workshop must not always be led by a professional facilitator; within SDC many workshops are facilitated internally. Especially in the context of knowledge networks there are many opportunities for colleagues to step into the shoes of the facilitator. I can tell you this is a rewarding task. I am not the only one who thinks so!

Good preparation is key

What it needs is good preparation. The key task of a facilitator is helping the organisers clarify the purpose of the workshop, to understand people’s needs and questions, and to design a good process that is interactive, relevant and meaningful. These three Ps – purpose, people and process- must be clear.

Peer exchange and coaching among facilitators

Many SDC workshops are facilitated by colleagues. For this reason we have a group of facilitating colleagues supporting the Learning & Networking team. And this is fabulous.

The Learning & Networking team is supporting internal facilitators through advice, experience sharing and a collection of methods. We meet twice a year to reflect on our experiences, exchange questions and experiment with novel methods. Through this group we strengthen our facilitation skills.

Stand there

When the workshop starts the facilitator “stands there”*. Yes, being the facilitator is also a question of confidence.

 

*Read the fabulous book: Don’t just do something, stand there! Ten principles for Leading Meetings that matter. By Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff.

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