The first epidsode in a trilogy focusing on Leadership Facilitation
transcript by Wayne Brown
Welcome to this trilogy focused on Facilitation – the title of the series is Highly effective facilitation for every leader and in this episode Part 1 – Preparation leaders need to achieve success, we focus on 5 key prep-steps.
As the previous couchTALK introduction episode mentions, the aim of this show is to bring learning opportunities to executives of our tribe, through the experiences and insights of the collective tribe members themselves. Like-minded individuals that are networked globally and offering up their experience and knowledge through discussions and interviews for the betterment of our industry.
We also ask our colleagues from outside the industry – those that are members of a different tribe but which heavily influence our own – these architects, consultants, developers, property owners and managers, even the end user who all share in-valuable insights about what they see as our challenges and opportunities, even requirements.
In this VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world we face today, we all need whatever assistance we can obtain. So in addition to the above, I will act as your host and Coach, providing those more formal learnings moments.
We kick start this trilogy on Facilitation under “Highly effective facilitation for every leader and this episode as Part 1 – Preparation leaders need to achieve success”. Why commence with facilitation – well as John Naisbitt says;
“Our new Leaders need to be facilitators, not order givers”.
Establishing your pre-event checklist – how many of you recreate the wheel every time you come to the task of facilitating?
Sure, over time your level of comfort may increase and certain routines are established, but I’m guess most of you won’t be facilitating regularly, right? Perhaps you’re still in the early stages of grounding yourself as a new or young leader and therefore the last thing you need to burden yourself with is any added pressure.
Trying to understand those key steps which we need to follow, does nothing to calm the nerves or enable you to facilitate effectively. Hence, during part 1 of this podcast we’ll run through 5 key prep-steps, which we’re quietly confident will provide you the essentials to nail this critical stage. We a sneak peek at the titles of those 5 steps;
Prep step #1: Know your audience
Prep step #2: Know your event and agenda
Prep step #3: Create the venue environment
Prep step #4: Prepare your tools & questions
Prep step #5: Prepare your mind & your agility
And just to be sure, we’ll be providing you with a copy of this “Pre-event checklist for facilitators”, which you can download and save for use whenever a facilitation opportunity comes your way. Who knows – rather than dread this process, perhaps you will even start to feel so confident that you will seek out opportunities to practice and showcase your talents. We’re hoping so anyway and are ready to support you on that journey.
Reference links mentioned during the podcast;
- Online surveys: Top picks for 2019
- TED Talk: Your body language may shape who you are
- Learning model: Conscious competence