Seven steps to effective facilitation


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IWC, LIFE Groups, Bible Study, Mar k Gospel, Immanuel Worship Community, Mt.Albert YMCA, YMCA, Mezzanine, David Nandigam, Bapatla

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Seven steps to effective facilitation

  1. 1. SEVEN STEPS TO EFFECTIVE FACILITATION Learn applying Biblical truth for everyday living Invite welcoming others to our fellowship Fellowship nurturing Christ centered caring relationships Evangelize reaching others with the hope of Christ
  2. 2. 1. Making everyone feel valued 2. Encouraging participation 3. Listening and observing 4. Guiding the group 5. Facilitating Discussions & Decisions 6. Ensuring Positive Outcome 7. Adjourning on a positive note THE SEVEN STEPS
  3. 3. MAKE EVERYONE FEEL COMFORTABLE & VALUED  Get to know the participants  Formally start the meeting & welcome everyone officially  Give precise instructions & announcements  Review Previous Session just to dovetail  Set the tone and pace  Consider an icebreaker  Use body language  Thank participants for joining the study
  4. 4. ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION  Listen for unfamiliar terms.  Restate the issue/question before a decision.  Use open-ended questions  Use visual aids where necessary  Encourage Silent members to participate Consult the group
  5. 5.  Listen actively  Do not make assumptions  Check for understanding  Rephrase the responses of the participants  Be specific in describing what you observe.  Describe or probe the impact of what you observe.  Summarize often  Write it down / make notes LISTEN AND OBSERVE
  6. 6.  Keep the group on task  Challenge their assumption  Encourage them to go beyond (creative tension)  Instill the concept of Effectiveness  Instill the concept of Initiative  Help the group set priorities and decide which remaining agenda items to address in the time remaining. GUIDE THE GROUP
  7. 7.  Keep the group on task  Assess the group’s concentration and engagement  Clarify confusing discussions  Provide feedback to the group  Enforce ground rules FACILITATING DISCUSSIONS & DECISIONS
  8. 8.  Check your personal biases  Ask for and summarize suggestions  Point out consensus  Point out similarities between members’ statements  Use conflict to improve decisions ENSURING POSITIVE OUTCOME
  9. 9.  Thank members for their perseverance and hard work  Remind participants of discussion that received strong support  Small talk with participants ADJOURN ON A POSITIVE NOTE
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