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Group Facilitation - A Different Process Compared To Training

While the training process includes some aspects of group facilitation, training tends to focus on the content of training. Group facilitation, however, is different in that the facilitator has no specific content goals going in. In facilitation the emphasis is on the PROCESS, rather than the outcomes.

That's a profound difference in terms of the role of the facilitator compared with the trainer or teacher. Relatively speaking, the facilitator has no planned bias as to the decisions made or the actual outcome of the group process, whereas the trainer has a very specific planned set of outcomes.

While the trainer and facilitator both use some of the same skills and thought processes, the facilitator is much more the guardian of the group process, and that's one reason why good trainers are not necessarily good facilitators.

In this section, we'll look at what facilitation involves.

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Strategic Questioning By Fran Peavey
When I first went to India I used strategic questioning. I began by building a series of questions, starting with how the people saw the problem themselves. What do you see when you look at the river? How do you explain the situation with the river to your children? Hits: 463 )

Is silence means agreement a good ground rule? By Sarah Sheard
If there is no contention, does that means that there is agreement? Some groups use "Silence Means Agreement" to speed up decisions and move the discussion along. If no one objects to a decision, it is implemented as having full consensus. Hits: 385 )

Facilitation and Reviewing in Outdoor Education By Roger Greenaway
Considers the implications for facilitation style if you want to place learners' experiences at the heart of the learning process. Lists active reviewing methods suited to outdoor environments. Hits: 480 )

The habits of an effective facilitator By Susan Nurre
Facilitated workshops are becoming an increasingly important part of the way America works. Through these workshops, we can harness the creative powers of a group of people and, if we go about it in the right way, unleash their collective creativity toward innovative work solutions. Hits: 429 )

How to Solve Impossible Problems By Jim Rough
The approach recommended here, choice-creating, is richer than what is normally meant by decision-making, problem-solving, or even "Creative Problem Solving." Using choice-creating, not only can we solve impossible to solve issues, but we also introduce the possibility of transforming our feelings about such problems. Hits: 481 )

Target characteristics for facilitator By Michael Wilkinson
Now that we have contracted with your firm to do facilitation training, how do we go about finding facilitator candidates? What traits should we be seeking? Is there a set of target characteristics for trainees Hits: 466 )

Facilitation: How To Solve Impossible Problems By Jim Rough
- The approach recommended here, choice-creating, is richer than what is normally meant by decision-making, problem-solving, or even "Creative Problem Solving." Using choice-creating, not only can we solve impossible to solve issues, but we also introduce the possibility of transforming our feelings about such problems. Hits: 399 )

The Power of Introductions By Susan Parks
As all facilitators know, one of the most critical factors to successful sessions is open, candid discussion by all participants. Yet this type of discussion is often difficult to achieve. There are several barriers: participants may not work together or know each other, there may not be a level of trust or knowledge of individual expertise, or participants may have a one-dimensional view of each other. Hits: 393 )

The Habits of A Successful Facilitator By Susan M. Nurre
This article by Susan M Nurre relates the 7 habits of highly effective people, described by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, to the role of facilitator. Hits: 751 )

The JAD Process & Facilitation By Roman Soltyis
Joint Application Design (JAD) is an interactive systems design concept involving discussion groups in a workshop setting. JAD was developed by Chuck Morris of IBM Raleigh and Tony Crawford of IBM Toronto. In 1980 Tony and Chuck taught JAD in Toronto and Tony led several workshops to prove the concept Hits: 389 )

Facilitating a Mission Statement By Frank Prince
Mission statements for organizations have become more and more popular in the past five to ten years. Mission statements have moved from a business fad to a sustained trend in the 90's. They are now a standard form of management by objective and can help executive and employees reach company goals. At best, such statements can get people charged up about their work Hits: 422 )

Adult Learning In Groups By Susan Imel
This 1997 article by Susan Imel examines the nature of group learning, the role of the facilitator, the formation of groups, and the structuring of group learning for adults. Hits: 495 )

What,How, and Why Facilitate? Facilitation. By na
This is a bare bones introduction to the concept of Facilitation as it relates to a private dispute resolution center. The purpose of this essay is to provide the reader a general scope in which to understand specific facilitation initiatives that he or she may consider providing. Includes: # Introduction -- What is Facilitation? What Facilitation is not. Which Conflicts need Facilitation? How Facilitation Initiatives are Conducted. Conclusion. Hits: 513 )

What is a Trainer? What is a Facilitator? By Guila Muir
The author distinguishes between the terms 'trainers' and 'facilitators'. Let this article help you determine if your organization requires a trainer or a facilitator. Hits: 621 )

Facilitating Success By Wayne Parker
The approach recommended here, choice-creating, is richer than what is normally meant by decision-making, problem-solving, or even "Creative Problem Solving." Using choice-creating, not only can we solve impossible to solve issues, but we also introduce the possibility of transforming our feelings about such problems. Hits: 459 )

Secrets of Successful Facilitators By n a
The Thiagi Group examines six critical tensions which can enhance or destroy the effectiveness of any small-group activity, and proposes a procedure model for effective faciliation. Hits: 748 )

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