Facilitation Tips

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  1. Remember that as a facilitator, you are a guide, NOT a teacher. Your role and responsibility is to guide the group through the activities, content, and agenda.
  2. Wear a watch. Keeping track of time is important and it is something that you should be able to do quickly without distracting the group. Do not rely on the facility having a clock on the wall.
  3. Communicate with your co-facilitator beforehand. Check in about how they are feeling, your communication style, and any last-minute thoughts they have before the workshop begins.
  4. Bring a positive attitude.
  5. Take breaks. It is hard work facilitating, so it’s important to give your brain a break. Get out for a walk during the break or at least step out of the room for a few minutes.
  6. Recognize your own frustration. If you are starting to feel frustrated, tell your co-facilitator so they can relieve you. Otherwise you risk bringing negative energy into the group dynamic.
  7. Follow through on your commitments as a facilitator. Remember that you are role model!
  8. Be flexible and ready to adopt new plans.
  9. Be honest with the group. Don’t be afraid to say that you don’t know something or to show them who you are. They won’t open up to you if you don’t open up to them.
  10. Challenge the group productively and positively so that they grow and learn.
  11. Be creative!
  12. Listen attentively to the dialogue of the group, encourage honest and open opinion-sharing. Allow each participant the freedom to speak and be attentive to the group dynamics.

 

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