Facilitation First, President and Owner, Michael Goldman, recently had the pleasure of being a guest on the Wellbeing Podcast to share his expertise on the topic of facilitation. According to Goldman, facilitation can be broken down into two areas: content facilitation and process facilitation.
“When you look at facilitation as kind of a broad term, it breaks down to two different areas”, Goldman explained, “The first area is content facilitation”.
A content facilitator is someone who delivers their own content and subject matter expertise. “They very much are opinionated, and they have some knowledge that educates other folks. So, they’re the ones doing most of the talking. Trainers are content facilitators, teachers are content facilitators.”
Content facilitators ask questions and encourage group interaction to help participants understand the content and apply it to their work. But as Mike put it “Good trainers or teachers at some point take off their content facilitator hat and they put on their process facilitator hat”, and that is what we teach at Facilitation First!
At Facilitation First, we focus on three key areas to help individuals make the transition from a content to a process facilitator:
1. Facilitator Behaviour
2. Meeting Structure
3. Managing Groups
“So, you can show up really well, you can have a really great, dynamic process…” states Goldman, “…but if you don’t manage the interpersonal dynamics, all of that falls down.”
At Facilitation first we help people understand the art and science of facilitation. While there are certain steps that can be taken to ensure success, the way a facilitator puts it all together will vary depending on the person, context, client, and group. Effective facilitation is a combination of both science and art. Facilitation is a critical skill for success in today’s business world. By training people on how to be effective process facilitators, we help individuals and organizations achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
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