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By: Lindsay Gross | Feb, 21 2020
Facilitation

Am I there yet?

One’s journey to become an “expert” in the field can be a long and winding one. It requires years of experience, training and confidence. Early in my career as I worked hard to become more skilled in my field. I looked for trainings, conferences and opportunities to grow as a professional. I also looked forward to achieving that goal of being an experienced professional in the field. Somewhere along the way, I realized we never really arrive. The work and the growth always continue.

As a facilitator our job requires us to be present in the process as well as present with the people in the room. It requires knowledges of specific techniques and methodologies that can help clients achieve their goals. It also requires the ability to create safe spaces for participation and sharing. You must simultaneously build rapport with your participants while also pushing them to be creative and reach beyond their current understanding of the issues at hand. There are countless dynamics before, during and after a facilitated session that need to be attended to in order to ensure a successful event.

Due to its complexity, facilitation requires continuous self-monitoring and assessment in order to identify areas of needed growth and improvement. Utilizing the International Association of Facilitators and the Technology of Participation assessments as a guide, Event Garde worked to identify eight domains that facilitators can use to assess themselves. There are many competencies that go into each of those domains below as well as being both knowledgeable and confident in each of these areas.

FACILITATION ASSESSMENT DOMAINS
Building Collaborative Client Relationships
Creating a Participatory Environment
Creating an Inclusive Environment that Honors Diversity
Establishing Context and Clear Aims
Creating a Customized Design and Facilitation Plan
Creating an Environment that Evokes Creativity
Implementation and Documentation
Building and Maintaining Professional Knowledge and Attitude

I utilize these domains to assess myself on a regular basis. It helps me to know, where I require continued support, growth or training. It also helps me to be intentional about what areas I would like to improve and how I will continue to provide the best to our clients. It seems we never really are there yet. If we are committed to providing the best we can to our clients, we are always on the path to growth and improvement.

Leveraging Technology in Virtual Facilitations

​We have entered a “new normal” where much of our facilitation work is being done in the virtual environment. This leads to new challenges and barriers, but also opportunity. There are a vast number of options of new or under-utilized technologies we can begin to leverage - let’s explore a few of them.

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Listening to Lead

​Most of us are familiar with a traditional leadership model, a bureaucratic one that leads from the top down. Decisions are made from the leaders and passed down the line to be implemented. While this leadership style has its place and purpose, in facilitation work we often challenge people to embrace a different leadership style. One that’s purpose is to seek input from all and decisions owned by the group.

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By: Lindsay Gross | Feb, 21 2020
Facilitation

Am I there yet?

Due to its complexity, facilitation requires continuous self-monitoring and assessment in order to identify areas of needed growth and improvement. Utilizing the International Association of Facilitators and the Technology of Participation assessments as a guide, Event Garde worked to identify eight domains that facilitators can use to assess themselves.

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By: Ashley Uhl | Feb, 14 2020
Facilitation

5 Tips for Better Focus Groups

While many think focus groups are an easy way to get feedback from members, it’s more than meets the eye (like most things in Associations!) Here are five quick tips to make your next focus groups the best they can be.

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Accounting for 5 types of unconscious bias in facilitation

​Unconscious bias can sneak into the meetings and events we facilitate. Unfortunately, this can have a damaging effect on not only participation, but on the outcomes of the facilitated experience, as well. How can we draw greater awareness to unconscious bias and counteract its negative consequences?

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We need to be inclusive speakers

As educators, we give so much focus to the quality of the content we are presenting that all-too-often we don’t pay enough attention to the learning experience we are creating in the presentation of that content.

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