Exploring the role and skills of the facilitator – 1 day course.

What is facilitation? How can I use it to improve  participation in decision-making or make meetings more effective?

A facilitator needs to be able to design events knowing which methods to use, and how and when to use them. There is a range of skills that you should utilise before, during and after an event to ensure that your approach is effective.

This course provides an introduction to the practice of facilitation.  It introduces key techniques, their uses and practical considerations. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and practice their skills in a supportive, learning environment. It also provides an invaluable foundation for further training and development in facilitation and is an insightful introduction to our other courses using the Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitation methods.

A course for those who are new to facilitation

The course is developed for anyone who wants to be able to facilitate groups more effectively.  Team leaders and managers within organisations, youth and community workers and those working with partners and external stakeholders will find the course particularly useful.

This is an entry-level group facilitation course and has no pre-requisite. It is recommended as a first course for newcomers to facilitation or for those with some prior experience of facilitation who want to gain formal training.

“Everyone participated in every step of the training, and the diversity of the group was very enriching. The role play was the highpoint for me, because it gave me the chance to practise and improve my facilitation skills” - Sister Anne Falola OLA

What you will gain

By the end of the course, you will have

  • reached a basic understanding of what it means to facilitate
  • explored & developed some key facilitation skills
  • built your confidence as a facilitator
  • built links with others to promote future collaboration and support as a facilitator

The course covers the following topics:

  • facilitation, and the breadth of the role of the facilitator
  • key facilitation skills, including - listening, questioning, recording, planning & preparation, personal styles
  • group dynamics, dealing with challenges in a group

Please visit our public courses calendar to see upcoming dates and locations for this course. Alternatively, contact us for more information about booking this course as an in-house course for your organisation.

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Learning style

The course uses a combination of short, interactive presentations, practical exercises and supported facilitation skills practice. We'll support you with guided reflection & feedback.

Download course overview (pdf) here or Book now.

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What do participants say about this course?

88% of IGF participants rated this course 8/10 or higher. Comments from participants’ end-of-course evaluations included:

  • an excellent foundation course in facilitation, teaching the basics and exploring some issues using role play
  • a very good introduction to facilitation – well organised with good contents
  • a great way to gain a thoughtful and meaningful insight into facilitation

Please visit our course calendar to see upcoming dates and locations for this course and make a booking.  Alternatively contact us to enquire about a tailored in-house course for your organisation.

ILM_recognised_providerThis is an ILM accredited course; participants are eligible for an ILM Development Award.  To find out more about the benefits of the award and ILM studying membership, click here

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