“Bill creates a supportive and safe
environment. I feel very comfortable attending your courses as I like your
relaxed, open and non-judgmental style as a facilitator and I think you
explain the content in a way that is easy to understand and relate to in
every day life - on both professional and personal levels.”
Bonnici, Qld Health
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“You obviously have a talent for
bringing out the best in people and helping us learn better ways of going
about things through your knowledge, experience, facilitation and sense of
Sainsbury, Pacific Pines State High School
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Advanced Facilitation Master Class
...getting great results through good group process
Essentials of Facilitation -- What this
Program is About...
most general sense, ‘facilitate’ means finding ways to ‘make things
Facilitation is fundamental to effective group functioning. Most groups come
together to achieve something in particular and while group working can be
really effective, the truth is many teams tend to flounder if left
entirely to their own devices.
work better together when they have a facilitator with the right tools and
techniques to help them keep to task, to mind the process of working
together and steer them through ‘crunch-points’ and ‘sticky bits’ that
arise in all group-working situations.
Facilitation isn’t just a ‘touchy-feely’ event to make people feel good.
And there’s much more to it than just routine “meeting mechanics”.
Facilitators act as guides to help teams get results and achieve things
together faster and more efficiently. It’s a philosophy about how to help
groups navigate their way through what they have to do in ways that
maximise contributions, create cohesion, harness collective ideas and
energies – and have fun doing it too.
a special kind of leadership
that’s not just for formal leaders. It can benefit anyone who wants to
strengthen their facilitation skills and in the process, boost their
personal confidence, communication and team effectiveness.
Essentials of Facilitation is a practise-intensive 2-day skill-building
equips you with a comprehensive suite of up-to-date facilitation tools,
models and techniques you can apply in a wide range of different
from every-day team
problem-solving and decision-making to community consultation and
engagement and workshop facilitation.
highly interactive, hands-on clinic provides a safe and
supportive learning environment to explore new tools and practise new
skills that will help you:
Get your team working more
efficiently together to achieve tasks that really matter
Get people to think together and
share ideas more enthusiastically and openly
Keep discussions on track and make
better group decisions that are well-supported
Build better relationships and
develop more team rapport and cohesion
Build team commitment to common goals
Focus group energy, unleash
creativity and make meetings and group-work fun
Re-invigorate your meetings and make
them more productive & participative
Cultivate more collaborative
problem-solving and action planning
Understand what stops teams working
well together and remedy dysfunctions to achieve more engagement in
Deal with difficult group moments and
constructively channel disagreements
Forge consensus and create conditions
where teams get results they need faster
Read more in our FactFile-19: Facilitation in
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dates and locations of upcoming clinics near you.
Please Note: Essentials of Facilitation
covers foundational tools and techniques that every facilitator needs to
know, so if you're new to facilitation, or have some basic skills under
your belt and want to add to your repertoire of tools and techniques to
deliver more satisfying facilitation sessions, then this course is
definitely for you. We also refer to this course as "Fundamental
Facilitation". But don’t assume from our course title that ‘fundamental’
merely means ‘basic’. We chose the term 'fundamental' because:
facilitation is a fundamental set of skills leaders and many other
professionals from all walks of organisational life need
facilitation is fundamental to good group functioning and to making
meetings and workshops more effective
facilitation, even when dealing with more complex tools, processes and
situations, is still built on a foundation of fundamental tools and
principles – not fancy footwork, gimmicky games and showy props
(though we admit some of these inject a bit of zest and jest)
Some of the tools and
processes we cover in Essentials of Facilitation are quite
sophisticated and the clinic with its accompanying toolkit is usually
comprehensive enough to cater for different participant skills from most
basic through intermediate to quite advanced. We do this by adjusting
the program as we go, selecting and focusing on particular tools
participants feel they most want to explore or master.
already have extensive experience facilitating groups and you’re
conversant with a wide range of facilitation tools, then you’ll probably
be looking for more advanced facilitation techniques and tools – and
this is where our
Facilitation Master Class comes in. By all means
call us before you register to talk over your current capabilities
and development directions and we’ll be able to advise which program is
more suited to your needs...
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