Frustrated by wasting your time in unproductive disorganised meetings? To be effective, groups need to be well facilitated.
The Accidental Facilitator Workshop steps you through a five-point plan to develop your skills for designing and facilitating more productive group sessions to enable groups to have the conversations that matter and make better decisions.
The workshop will include a mix of theory and practice, and will be highly interactive.
The Five Point Plan
1. Manage Self
It begins with you. Knowing yourself, managing your own emotions, being present and being authentic. Using non-defensive communication skills - facilitation relies heavily on the communication skills of the facilitator.
2. Plan and Prepare
Do your research on the group’s needs and formulate a basic process plan.
3. Set the Climate
Establish a climate of positivity and professionalism.
4. Lead the Process
Work your plan and facilitate the exchange of information.
Intervene where required to “protect” the process and keep the group on track – or change the process if its not working.
Who is it for?
There are many people in organisational life who need good group process skills - managers, team leaders, staff development specialists. The workshop is titled The Accidental Facilitator because often people find themselves “accidentally” in the role. The workshop will be particularly relevant to these new facilitators, but will benefit anybody who wants to work at the skills and lead groups more effectively.
After completing the workshop participants will have developed:
- An understanding of the importance of self-awareness and being present when facilitating groups, and strategies to increase their own self-awareness and interpersonal skills.
- A framework for researching a group’s need.
- An understanding of the core work of groups and a process plan for their own group facilitation project.
- An understanding of the importance of climate-setting and a plan for climate-setting with their group.
- Enhanced skills for communicating with groups, based on the core skills of giving and getting information.
- Strategies for intervening to respond to disruptive behaviour and conflict within the group.
To register for this workshop go to www.theaccidentalfacilitator.com
About the Facilitator
Matthew Ford is a Brisbane-based Management Consultant with extensive experience designing processes and working with groups to exchange ideas, develop understanding and uncover solutions. He works across a range of organisational development activities including change management, strategy development, program evaluation and leadership training.
Matthew’s approach emphasises and encourages stakeholder engagement. He draws on a breadth of experience across the community, government and private sectors.
Previous roles include managerial positions in the human services sector, leading government teams to develop quality systems and lecturing in management and planning. This diverse background enables him to bring a range of responses to client’s particular circumstances and needs.
Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Queensland; Certificate IV in Training and Assessment - TAA40104; Certified Administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; a Member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
For more information
For more information call Matthew Ford on 0431 529 233 or go to www.theaccidentalfacilitator.com