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8 Mar 2019

Introduction to Group Facilitation Skills

Target Audience

This one-day workshop will be beneficial for chairs of boards, CEOs leading executive teams, officers engaging in community outreach, education/training and youth workers.

Outline

Have you been in a meeting that’s been a shameful waste of time, energy, and disregard for politeness? Are you beginning to lead groups, but feel a bit out of your depth?

Would you like to feel confident about taking charge in a group and helping to show the way?

This training workshop provides you with a fundamental grounding as well as fresh ideas, processes, and practical tips for working with groups. It will also provide an experiential learning environment offering insights on:

  • THINKING: key concepts of working with groups and a methodological framework
  • TACTICS: approaches and strategies to help you deal with difficulties
  • TOOLS: practical and pragmatic tools and methods.

WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT, NOW?

Setting the context for the course thinking about what facilitation is and what it isn’t. Getting all on same page.

SO, HOW DO WE DO IT?

Let’s go through the basics Your first few words and your starting five minutes.

Things you will definitely need to do, and what you will want to cover next. Making your interventions. The facilitator’s role, tasks, jobs list, how to end.

HELP ME UNDERSTAND

Some core concepts and why they’re important

Groups behave in particular ways, and leading groups requires certain methods and approaches. Get your head around the key things to be thinking of and what to be aware of.

OK I’M READY, SURE WHAT CAN GO WRONG?

Mistakes, risks & obstacles

Being aware of what things can go wrong in a group, and how you can be prepared and avoid them. Be ready for when it goes awry.

HOW CAN I LOOK GOOD?

How you can be successful as a group facilitator

Tricks and Hints. Tools and Exercises. Methods and activities. How to listen like a thief.

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT

Practice makes perfect, so prep for your next group. Signposts to your next steps as a group facilitator.

Instructor

David Dunn

Dave Dunn has been facilitating groups since 2007, mostly in leadership development and strategy planning interventions. His expertise is in facilitating youth groups and young adults. He is also experienced leading board level visioning and planning, as well as large group conferences, AGMs, and MC-ing open mic nights.

Dave Dunn also does other things: with creative events group Queens of Neon, runs a youth area at EarthSong Camps, is part of the Dublin Flea Market, provides business a support to startup entrepreneurs and works in event production.

He has a BSc in Mathematical Physics.

Outcomes

Participants will enjoy a successful training course if they are more empowered with:

  • some core understandings of how effective meetings can be organised
  • new formats of hosting discussion and conversations
  • new exercises and activities to shift energies and name learning games
  • an understanding of the role of the facilitator
  • an insight into value and importance of listening, group purpose & culture.

Fees

€140Nonprofit Organisation
€120Carmichael Resident Organisation
€160Statutory/Corporate Organisation

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