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Texas LBJ School

Facilitation Strategies (Excellence in Leadership Series)

Next dates

May 21—22
2 days
Austin, Texas, USA
USD 625
USD 312 per day


Managers are realizing the value of keeping a group energized, focused on task, and producing effective results. Whether you lead a problem-solving team, work with executives in strategic planning, or just want to assist in moving your own group through the collaborative process more effectively, facilitation is a critical skill. This session teaches the fundamentals of facilitation and provides opportunities for participants to practice the techniques they learn.

Who should attend

Managers interested in developing and enhancing leadership skills and knowledge.

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The Effective Facilitator - Maximizing Involvement and Results

Next dates

May 13—14
2 days
Arlington, Washington, United States
USD 2445
USD 1222 per day
Jun 3—4
2 days
New York, New York, United States
USD 2445
USD 1222 per day
Jul 22—23
2 days
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
USD 2445
USD 1222 per day
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Become a meeting facilitator who brings out the best in individual and team performance.

The meeting facilitator is catalyst, coach, coordinator and more. Like a conductor, the meeting facilitator must bring out the best in individual players and orchestrate successful group efforts. The role of meeting facilitator demands exceptional interpersonal skills, keen observation, insight and tact. Mastering the techniques of meeting facilitation gives you the ability to direct meetings that reduce frustration and produce results.

How You Will Benefit

  • Make life easier and all meetings more productive
  • Set up meetings for success
  • Spark and enhance critical synergy and creative energy
  • Focus on the key facilitation skills of observation, diagnosis and intervention
  • Build consensus, handle conflict and keep meetings on track
  • Gain knowledge and skills you can apply to all group and meeting situations
  • Keep content, process and structure on track to produce positive outcomes

What You Will Cover

  • The effective meeting facilitator defined
  • The facilitator’s most basic information
  • Self-knowledge of the meeting facilitator
  • Facilitator skills: how the facilitator facilitates
  • State of group development
  • Levels of group dynamics
  • The meeting facilitator’s toolbox
  • Enhancements, advancements and reentry


Learning Objectives

  • Define and Describe Facilitation and the Role of Facilitator
  • Develop Greater Awareness of Self and Leverage Strengths of Personal Style
  • Demonstrate Facilitator Values and Attitudes
  • Utilize Key Facilitation Skills of Observation, Diagnosis, Intervention and Assessment
  • Develop Visual Practitioner Skills
  • Plan for Successful Facilitation Experience

Exploring Facilitation

  • Define Vocabulary of Facilitation Field
  • Create and Use Guidelines for Group Interaction
  • Identify the Qualities and Skills of a Facilitator
  • Describe the Role of Facilitator
  • Differentiate Among the Roles of Facilitator, Leader, Manager, and Consultant

Understanding Yourself

  • Determine Your Own Style and Preferences
  • Describe How Behavior Styles Can Affect Individual and Group Functioning
  • Develop Strategies to Leverage Your Style and Preferences to Maximize Involvement
  • Discuss Values and Attitudes of Facilitators

Essential Skills for Effective Relationships

  • Discuss Values and Attitudes of Facilitators
  • Address the Challenge of Multiple Roles—Leader, Manager, and Facilitator
  • Listen at Deeper Levels
  • Talk in Ways That You Will Be Heard
  • Confront Behaviors Effectively

Setting the Stage for Success

  • Describe the Four Phases of the Facilitation Process
  • Explain Foundational Skills of Facilitation
  • Distinguish Between Interpersonal Interventions and Process Interventions
  • Use a Process Analysis Tool to Observe Forces That Are Out of Your Control and Plan Interventions

Developing Visual Practitioner Skills

  • Explore the Field of Visual Practitioners
  • Describe Different Types of Visual Practitioners
  • Develop and Practice Drawing Skills: Containers, Icons, Figures, and Lettering
  • Discuss the Nature and Importance of Listening Skills for Graphic Recording, Facilitating, and Coaching
  • Plan to Incorporate Visual Practitioner Skills into All Phases of Facilitation
  • List and Describe Methods, Techniques, and Resources for Visual Practitioners

Optimizing Results from Your Facilitation Work

  • Organize the Essential Elements of Effective Facilitation Work
  • Assess Your Own Skills
  • Identify a Challenge in Your Work Setting and Ways to Overcome It
  • Plan Your Next Steps in Professional Development

Who should attend

This program is a basic course for managers who must facilitate results in meetings, group work or project teams, managers who have groups under their direction, as well as managers who work as internal consultants.


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