Facilitation 101



BYTE has been working with youth in the Yukon for over 15 years.  All of our workshops are fun and interactive because we value using engaging facilitation models to deliver our content. We love what we do and we want to share it with others. BYTE University is a guide to facilitation formed out of BYTE’s experience.

Becoming a strong facilitator is a life-long journey.  We are all still learning, but we hope that BYTE University can offer some advice and pointers to get you started or enhance the skills you already have. In these pages, you’ll find tips for facilitators and strategies for engagement activities. One of the key successes to facilitation is attitude. Even without reading the rest of this document, you can start by being open-minded, positive, and aware of the people around you! Keep those three things in mind and you’re already facilitating like a professional!

Origins of Facilitation- The practice of facilitation has roots in the circle discussion format for tribal cultures, and in the more recent techniques of the Quakers and activists like Ghandi and Martin Luther King. Good facilitation means communicating clearly, encouraging participation from everyone, resolving conflict, and watching for non-verbal signals from people. It also means being able to pose good questions, speed up or slow down the pace, and give guidance according to the group’s needs.