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Module 1:
Understanding Facilitation
LTEC 4440/ATTD 5440
Facilitation Foundation
• Facilitation is a way of providing leadership
without “taking the reins”
• As a facilitator, you...
Facilitation Foundation:
• Rather than being a player, a facilitator acts
more like a referee.
• You watch the action, mor...
FACILITATORS CONTRIBUTE BY…
• Helping the group define its overall goal, as well
as its specific objective(s)
• Helping in...
• Making sure that people’s assumptions
are surfaced and tested
• Supporting people in assessing their
current skills, as ...
• Providing feedback to the group, so that they
can assess their progress and make
adjustments
• Managing conflict using a...
Facilitators make their contribution by:
• Helping the group access resources from inside and
outside of the group
• Creat...
To be a facilitator, you must firmly believe that:
• People are intelligent, capable and want
to do the right thing
• Grou...
To be a facilitator, you must firmly believe that:
• Participants can and will act responsibly
and assume accountability f...
Facilitation
Definitions
A facilitator is…
• One who contributes structure and
process to interactions so groups are
able to function effectively a...
A process is…
• The structure, framework, methods
and tools used in interactions.
An intervention is:
• An action or set
of actions that
aims to improve
the functioning
of a group.
A group is:
• A collection of individuals who come together
to share information, coordinate their efforts,
or achieve a t...
A team is:
• A group of individuals who are committed
to achieving a common goal, who support
each other, who fully utiliz...
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Module 1: Understanding Facilitation
LTEC 4440/ATTD 5440 Course

Reference
Bens, I. (2012). Facilitating With Ease!, 3rd Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

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Module 1: Understanding Facilitation

  1. 1. Module 1: Understanding Facilitation LTEC 4440/ATTD 5440
  2. 2. Facilitation Foundation • Facilitation is a way of providing leadership without “taking the reins” • As a facilitator, your job is to get others to assume responsibility and to take the lead.
  3. 3. Facilitation Foundation: • Rather than being a player, a facilitator acts more like a referee. • You watch the action, more than participate in it. • You control which activities happen. • You “keep your finger on the pulse” and know when to move on or wrap things up. • Most important, you help members define and reach their goals.
  4. 4. FACILITATORS CONTRIBUTE BY… • Helping the group define its overall goal, as well as its specific objective(s) • Helping individuals assess their needs and create plans to meet them • Providing processes that help people use their time efficiently • Guiding group discussion to keep it on track • Making accurate notes that reflect the ideas of members (paraphrase) • Helping the group to work more effectively
  5. 5. • Making sure that people’s assumptions are surfaced and tested • Supporting people in assessing their current skills, as well as building new skills • Using consensus to help a group make decisions that take all members’ opinions into account
  6. 6. • Providing feedback to the group, so that they can assess their progress and make adjustments • Managing conflict using a collaborative approach • Helping the group communicate effectively
  7. 7. Facilitators make their contribution by: • Helping the group access resources from inside and outside of the group • Creating an environment in which members enjoy a positive, growing experience • Fostering leadership in others by sharing the leadership role
  8. 8. To be a facilitator, you must firmly believe that: • People are intelligent, capable and want to do the right thing • Groups can make better decisions than any one person can make alone • “Two heads are better than one” • Everyone’s opinion is of equal value, regardless of rank or position • People are more committed to the ideas and plans that they have helped to create
  9. 9. To be a facilitator, you must firmly believe that: • Participants can and will act responsibly and assume accountability for decisions • Groups can manage their own conflicts, behaviors and relationships if they are given the right tools and direction • The facilitation process, if well designed and effectively applied, can be trusted to achieve results
  10. 10. Facilitation Definitions
  11. 11. A facilitator is… • One who contributes structure and process to interactions so groups are able to function effectively and all individuals are encouraged to contribute/participate; and • A helper and enabler whose goal is to support others as they develop their full potential.
  12. 12. A process is… • The structure, framework, methods and tools used in interactions.
  13. 13. An intervention is: • An action or set of actions that aims to improve the functioning of a group.
  14. 14. A group is: • A collection of individuals who come together to share information, coordinate their efforts, or achieve a task.
  15. 15. A team is: • A group of individuals who are committed to achieving a common goal, who support each other, who fully utilize member resources, and who have closely linked roles.

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