Facilitative Tools and Formats: Offering Options

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Looking for some alternatives to the standard work group format? Need to take a different approach to getting a problem resolved? Want to hold a meeting and no one's in the office? If any of these situations sound familiar, this course will provide you with some choices to meet your needs. In this course, you will explore alternatives to the standard one-facilitator group meeting or work session. You will examine the advantages and disadvantages of co-facilitating meetings and work groups. With that knowledge, learn to divide and coordinate who's going to do what. Gain the ability to establish boundaries for each of the facilitators and determine the most effective way to communicate with your client during this process. Another alternative you will explore is breakout groups. Breakout groups that are planned well and facilitated properly can be an effective, fast means of handling a large project or quickly gathering the information needed to make a decision. You will learn to use multitasking formats as well as how to structure groups that are easy to debrief when the full group reconvenes. Other options abound. What about experiential learning techniques, structured go-arounds, or computer-aided meetings? Finally, you will explore the benefits and pitfalls of chart writing. Communicating information in meetings is an essential factor to their success. Charts can help you clarify information, track ideas and progress, and be a message-conveyor of their own. As an added bonus, you will discover some surprising dos and don'ts and learn about using chart art.

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Managers, team leaders, anyone who will conduct/lead meetings or work groups

The Role of the Facilitator Facilitative Fundamentals: Techniques and Tools Facilitating Work Groups and Meetings Facilitating Challenging Situations

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Facilitative Tools and Formats: Offering Options

  • recognize the benefit of using co-facilitation.
  • differentiate between advantages and disadvantages of co-facilitation.
  • match co-facilitation division of labor methods to descriptions.
  • determine whether a facilitator maintained healthy boundaries while co-facilitating a meeting in a given scenario.
  • use open communication to co-facilitate a meeting, in a given scenario.
  • recognize the benefits of breakout groups.
  • facilitate multitasking activities in a meeting, in a given scenario.
  • match structured exercise types to the appropriate group need.
  • ask productive debriefing questions during a participatory meeting, in a given scenario.
  • recognize the benefit of using alternative formats to engage work groups.
  • apply the most effective experiential learning technique to a given scenario.
  • identify ways to use structured go-around techniques effectively.
  • select ways to use computers as facilitation tools.
  • recognize the benefits of using flip charts.
  • identify dynamically designed chart layouts and match the type to the need.
  • determine whether a given sample of chart writing is effective in a given scenario.
  • determine whether a given sample of chart art is effective in a given scenario.
  • distinguish between the do's and don'ts of effective chart writing.
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