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How to Begin to Develop your Facilitation Skills

In the previous blog post about facilitation I talked about what facilitation is and the qualities of a facilitator.  They are listed again below and I invite you to spend a few moments looking at each of these and scoring yourself out of 5, with 5 being totally comfortable with the quality and skill  – you totally rock at this! and 1 being that it is skill or quality that you don’t feel comfortable or confident in at all.

 

Qualities, Skills and Knowledge of a Facilitator

Qualities

  1. Energy                                                          1  2  3  4  5
  2. Enthusiasm                                                 1  2  3  4  5
  3. Optimism                                                    1  2  3  4  5
  4. Thick Skinned                                            1  2  3  4  5
  5. Emotional Engagement                           1  2  3  4  5
  6. Motivation                                                  1  2  3  4  5
  7. Creativity                                                    1  2  3  4  5
  8. Flexibility                                                    1  2  3  4  5
  9. Seize opportunity                                      1  2  3  4  5
  10. Think laterally                                           1  2  3  4  5
  11. Seize opportunity                                      1  2  3  4  5
  12. Emotional Intelligence                            1  2  3  4  5
  13. Outstanding communication                 1  2  3  4  5
  14. Empathy                                                     1  2  3  4  5
  15. Curiosity                                                     1  2  3  4  5
  16. Relationship building                              1  2  3  4  5
  17. Objectivity                                                  1  2  3  4  5
  18. Responsiveness                                         1  2  3  4  5
  19. Collaboration                                             1  2  3  4  5
  20. Flexibility                                                    1  2  3  4  5
  21. Integrity                                                      1  2  3  4  5
  22. Trust in self, trust in group                     1  2  3  4  5
  23. Vision                                                          1  2  3  4  5

Skills and Knowledge

  1. Planning                                                       1  2  3  4  5
  2. Questioning                                                 1  2  3  4  5
  3. Needs assessment                                      1  2  3  4  5
  4. Group dynamics                                         1  2  3  4  5
  5. Processes and methods of                        1  2  3  4  5
  6. facilitation and task completion
  7. Conflict resolution                                      1  2  3  4  5
  8. Facilitation tools                                         1  2  3  4  5
  9. Change theory                                             1  2  3  4  5
  10. Networking                                                  1  2  3  4  5

Next draw yourself a table with 5 columns. Leave the first column heading blank and put across the others  the headings for 4 different learning processes: through gaining Knowledge, by Example, through Experience and through Showing Others.

Now go through your scores and in the left hand column write down all of the qualities and skills that you scored yourself between 2 and 3 for AND that you are really interested in developing further.

For each of these write in the appropriate columns:

  • Where you can find the knowledge you need to learn about it
  • How you can find an example to learn from
  • How you can find an opportunity to put your learning into practice
  • How you can find the opportunity to teach it or show it to someone else.

You now have a learning plan for the further development of the facilitation skills that you are interested in developing  – moving you from an area of strength and interest to where you want to go.

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