the second episode in this trilogy on Leadership Facilitation
transcript by Wayne Brown
Today, in Part 2 of this podcast, we’ll look to the facilitation activities which you need to concentrate on during the event itself.
AND to help you along the way we also provide a downloadable “Facilitation Game Plan” and it will allow you to incorporate a structured framework for each step throughout the entire facilitation process.
The great news is that from Part 1’s activities, your preparations have placed you in an excellent position to successfully facilitate your next and all future events, making life easy for our participants and shaping the meetings towards the desired outcome and continuing on that path of personal development and growth. So, let’s set sail and look at some keys areas for you to address and master.
Please printout your “Facilitator Game Plan” so that you can follow through our discussion easily. You will note that each topic is numbered, so as we start a new topic, I will state the topic number to help you follow along. In addition, under each topic we have a space for recording your notes – maybe you heard something that resonated with you and you want to capture it here for future reference. In Part 3 we’ll be providing one more template called the “Post-event guide for facilitators” which will complete the trilogy. We hope that with all 3 documents, you have the necessary ingredients to facilitate at many successful events through-out your career.
Be warned however that like most things in our life today, this isn’t a one-time solution and requires you to stay current with technology and new practices whilst actively facilitating on a regular basis.
Today and as shown in the Facilitator Game Plan, we break our 6 topics over 2 segments. The first 3 topics in segment 1 are;
Topic 1.01: Ringing the opening bell
Topic 1.02: Setting ground rules & enlisting engagement
Topic 1.03: Time managing – the agenda & discussions
In segment 2, we cover;
Topic 1.04: Creating pulse checks and parking lots
Topic 1.05: Managing challenging situations
Topic 1.06: Pounding the closing bell
From topic 1.06 we mention the importance for a Call to Action. This is a powerful way to help keep the spark alive following the event, perhaps long enough for the new ideas to take hold and see the light of day – for behaviour change to become more than just a catch cry.
Well there is and its related to the post-event follow-up process. So as we close Part 2 of this podcast, here’s your Call to Action – join us in Part 3 the final episode in this trilogy, to learn the secrets. In Part 3, we will provide the various methods available to us as facilitators to reach that holy grail. Before then we hope you find time to apply what you have covered in Parts 1 & 2. If so, we then will welcome you to join us on the next leg of this facilitators journey.
Reference links mentioned during the podcast;