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How would you evaluate your own potential as a facilitator? Which of these characteristics do you have? Which do you not have?

Effective Facilitation

Characteristics of an effective facilitator:

  • Engages in active and reflective listening
  • Is empathetic and compassionate
  • Has the ability to listen and think at the same time
  • Knows that all participants have something to offer regardless of their education, experience, or identity
  • Is knowledgeable about the topic
  • Keeps personal views out of the facilitation so that all participants feel safe
  • Keeps their ego out of the facilitation and does not have to be right
  • Makes the participants feel safe
  • Earns the participants’ respect
  • Is the appropriate identify in relation to the identity(ies) of the group
  • Is patient and calm
  • Is flexible and adaptable
  • Can manage challenging individuals and challenging group dynamics
  • Can work in a team with other facilitators

The above list was put together by me for a training.

How would you evaluate your own potential as a facilitator? Which of these characteristics do you have? Which do you not have? Which do you need to build, strengthen and/or enhance? How might you go about building, strengthening and/or enhancing them?

Required Reading Materials:

Bens, I. (2012). Facilitating with ease! core skills for facilitators, team leaders and members, managers, consultants, and trainers. (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: The Jossey-Bass.

Schuman, S. (Ed.). (2005). The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation: Best Practices From the Leading Organization in Facilitation. San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.

 

Subject:  Masters Social Science

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