CHURCH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
"Working with Church Leaders to Impact the Kingdom"
Effective Training and
Effective Facilitation Skills
The Effective Facilitator course focuses on the critical skills such as consensus building, keeping the group focused, generating energy, managing dysfunction and gaining agreement. Our approach to training, The TBLN Difference, ensures results through: practical techniques, dynamic, high energy instructors, and Interactive exercises and practice sessions.
What Attendees will 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 and generate ownership that leads to results. Learn a comprehensive approach great 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
The 10 Principles “How to” Techniques
1. Preparing for Success
Cover all the bases
What are the ten bases to cover in preparation?
With whom do you talk? What do you ask?
What do you do with what you hear?
2. Getting the Session Started
Inform, excite, involve, empower
What are the four keys for starting the session?
How do you get the group excited and motivated?
3. Focusing the Group
Establish the course; avoid detours
How do you get the group focused immediately?
How do you avoid the question/silence pitfall?
How do you keep them on track and interacting?
4. The Power of the Pen
Use it, don't abuse it, make it theirs
What are the seven deadly sins of facilitation?
How do you avoid abusing the power of the pen?
5. Information Gathering Techniques
Know your tools and how to use them
What are the eight questioning techniques?
How do you use verbal pictures for better answers?
When do you use listing, brainstorming, grouping, etc.?
6. Dysfunctional Behavior
Conscious Prevention, Early Detection, Resolution
What are the four steps for responding to dysfunction?
How do you prevent dysfunctional behavior from occurring?
7. Consensus Building
Create and maintain a consensus-focused process
What are the five ways to drive to consensus?
How do you get the group building consensus from the start?
8. Keeping the Energy High
Set the pace, anticipate the lulls, react accordingly
What are the strategies for combating the lullaby times?
How do you keep the energy high over an extended session?
9. Closing The Session
Review, evaluate, close, debrief
What are the four critical activities in closing?
How do you ensure commitment to the decisions made?
How do you identify unresolved issues?
10. Agenda Setting
Adapt your agenda to address the need
How do you employ the principles to construct detailed
agendas for strategic planning, program design, status
reporting, issue resolution, and process reengineering