It is almost impossible to be part of an organization today and not get invited to meetings, e.g. staff meetings, project meetings, and planning and coordinating meetings, etc., and they all take up time!

There has been a growing realization that we have to pay attention to the process elements of meetings if we want them to be effective. Managers and supervisors are increasingly being asked to facilitate rather than instruct or manage their meetings and training sessions. The focus is now on asking rather than telling, listening to build consensus and facilitation. This new leadership skill is the core competency everybody needs.

How can you facilitate rather than control, have a group to make decision and team interaction? With no formal training, people may find it difficult to make the transition from instructors or managers to facilitators.

This two-day workshop has been created to make core facilitation skills better understood and readily available for your organization. It represents materials and ideas that have been tested and refined over twenty years of active facilitation in all types of settings.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

•  Distinguish facilitation from instruction and training 

•  Identify the competencies linked to effective small group facilitation 

•  Understand the difference between content and process 

•  Identify the stages of team development and ways to help teams through each stage 

•  Use common process tools to make meetings easier and more productive