The Effective Facilitator Course

Course Description:

The Effective Facilitator training course devotes 80% of its curriculum to learning and practicing the group techniques that separate great facilitators from good ones. It focuses on critical skills, such as consensus building, keeping the group focused, generating energy, managing dysfunction and gaining agreement. The branded approach to training, The PDI Difference, ensures results through:

  • Practical techniques
  • Dynamic, high energy instructors
  • Interactive exercises and practice sessions

Learn how to:

  • get groups to develop and agree upon workable, realistic plans or solutions to issues
  • gain the tools and techniques to create a vision that motivates people to action
  • engage groups in developing solutions
  • generate ownership that leads to results.

Learn a comprehensive approach top facilitators use:

  • to prepare for success
  • get a session started
  • focus the group
  • use (not abuse) the power of the pen
  • gather information
  • manage dysfunction
  • build consensus
  • maintain high energy
  • close the session
  • construct customized agendas.

Objectives:

Get groups to develop and agree upon workable, realistic plans or solutions to issues. Gain the tools and techniques to: create a vision that motivates people to action, engage groups in developing solutions and generate ownership that leads to results. Learn a comprehensive approach top facilitators use to prepare for success, get a session started, focus the group, use (not abuse) the power of the pen, gather information, manage dysfunction, build consensus, maintain high energy, close the session, and construct customized agendas.

  • Define the role of a facilitator
  • Identify the key facilitation principles
  • Describe the best practices related to each principle
  • Provide students with facilitation practice and performance feedback

Learn and develop the core competencies of leading a standard meeting that last 30 minutes to two hours, both in-person and virtually (either phone or web-based).

Our students will often tell us that their supervisors and senior managers are the #1 reason that organizational meetings are not productive. We will teach you the skills you need to model and support a culture of effective meetings in your workplace. This course will provide helpful intervention techniques to address meeting dynamics and to reframe conflict in groups. A fundamental role of leaders to the ability to align members of their team, business or organization around shared future goals and plans, and then to lead that change. Enroll in this course, so you can oversee and or personally facilitate strategic planning through key process questions.


Course Outline:

    Day 1
  • Getting Started
  • Facilitation Process
  • Principles Overview
  • Information Gathering
  • Exercise 1 - Questioning
  • Preparing
  • Starting
  • Review

    Day 2
  • Review
  • Exercise 2 – Starting
  • Focusing
  • Power of Pen
  • Exercise 3 – Using the Pen
  • Dysfunction
  • Exercise 4 – Dysfunction
  • Review

    Day 3
  • Review
  • Consensus
  • Energy
  • Closing
  • Exercise 5 – Consensus
  • Agenda Setting
  • Agenda Models
  • Session Preparation
  • Exercise 6 – Facilitated Sessions
  • Review

    Prerequisites:
  • None.

    Upcoming Classes:
  • Dates: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Trainer: TBA

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