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A facilitator

  1. 1. A Facilitator<br />
  2. 2. Facilitator<br />The word "facilitate" comes from the French word "facile", which means "easy“.<br />
  3. 3. Facilitation<br />Sharing knowledge.<br />Draw out knowledge and ideas from different members of a group.<br />Encourage them to learn from each other<br />Think and act together.<br />
  4. 4. Traditional teaching Vs Facilitation<br />
  5. 5. The role of a facilitator <br /><ul><li>Gives Motivation.
  6. 6. Provides confidence.
  7. 7. Positive attitude.
  8. 8. Sharing and trying out new ideas.
  9. 9. Encouragement.
  10. 10. Values diversity and is sensitive to different needs and interest of group members.
  11. 11. Leads by example through attitude, approach and actions.</li></li></ul><li>What makes a good facilitator?<br /><ul><li>personal characteristics</li></ul>humility, generosity,Honesty and patience.<br /> good understanding, acceptance and affirmation.<br /><ul><li>skills</li></ul> Listening to others <br /> communicating clearly <br /> Thinking, and acting creatively <br /> managing people’s feelings <br /> encouraging humor and respect <br /> being well prepared whilst remaining flexible <br /> keeping to time without being driven by it.<br /> Contd.. <br />
  12. 12. What makes a good facilitator?<br />Techniques<br />asking the group to present and share information especially <br /> where some group members have low levels of education or <br /> literacy. <br /> dividing the group into smaller groups to encourage shy <br /> members to participate. <br /> handling conflict in a sensitive and appropriate way, so that <br /> differences are valued and respected.<br />
  13. 13. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FACILITATOR<br /><ul><li>"asking" rather than "telling.“
  14. 14. paying personal compliments.
  15. 15. willing to spend time in building relationships rather than being always task-oriented.
  16. 16. initiating conversation rather than waiting for someone else to.
  17. 17. has sufficient self-confidence that they can look someone in the eye when talking to them.
  18. 18. more enthusiastic than systematic.
  19. 19. more like a coach than a scientist.
  20. 20. more like a counselor than a sergeant.</li></li></ul><li>Difficulties facilitators may face<br /><ul><li>Taking control </li></ul>temptation to take control of a discussion or change process. This is often out of a genuine desire to help the group move forwards.<br /><ul><li>Difficult questions  </li></ul>Facilitators can simply say that they don’t know enough about a particular question to provide an answer but will look into it before the next meeting.<br /><ul><li>Handling conflict</li></ul> A facilitator needs to be sensitive to differences and tensions.<br />
  21. 21. effective facilitator…is<br /><ul><li>An effective facilitator…is a person with BIG EARS to listen</li></ul> both to what is being said and what is between the words…;<br /><ul><li>CLEAR EYES to read body language and other visual clues</li></ul> the group is offering; a SMALL MOUTH; a STRONG HEART<br /> to have concern that each person be treated with respect,<br /><ul><li>and to have compassion for the challenge of people working together;
  22. 22. BIG FEET to keep firmly grounded when challenged,…and when the group is getting ahead of itself and needs to be brought back on track</li></li></ul><li>Habits to avoid<br /><ul><li>Facilitators who fill every silence
  23. 23. Facilitators joining one small group without being invited and interrupting free flowing discussion
  24. 24. Facilitators who fidget nervously and frequently leave the room to have a cigarette/break.
  25. 25. Facilitators who arrive later than the participants
  26. 26. Facilitators telling jokes that some participants find offensive.
  27. 27. And once, a facilitator who disappeared to do errands at lunchtime and didn't reappear for the afternoon session!</li></li></ul><li>ConclusionMe a role model…How?<br />Lifestyle.<br />Dressing.<br />Attitude.<br />Body language.<br />Communication.<br />Knowledge.<br />
  28. 28. Thank you<br />

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