Good meetings that help groups reach their goals don’t just happen, it takes planning, good communication and facilitation skills.
Similarly running group training courses that are effective and engaging take planning, good communication and facilitation skills.
Like any skills, these can be learned and practised.
Here are five tips to get you started:
- Set group agreements – get the group on the same page right from the word go with clarity on how everyone can work together effectively. Agreements may include ensuring everyone listens to each other and respects different views.
- Give everyone a voice – schedule in time for all to have the chance to have some input
- Break up the big group into smaller groups sometimes – some people will share more readily in smaller groups, and giving them this chance can bring out the gems that anxiety might have otherwise shut away
- Promote movement – no one likes a sit fest. Build movement and fun into the activity
- Set clear actions with agreed responsibility – ensure all leave the meeting / training knowing what the next steps are and when they are to be done by
Want to know more…? There are chances to learn these skills through these courses…A one hour taster is available on the evening of Wed 13 Sept in the Melb CBD from 6-7pm. See here for details:
For Health Professionals and Safety Professionals, PHW director David Hall runs his Group Facilitation and Communication Skills course twice a year. The next is 25 Nov in Melbourne. See here for details:
For a more general course on Group Facilitation we highly recommend the training through Groupwork Institute. See here for details:
Strengthening your Group Facilitation and Communication Skills can make a big difference to your working and private life. Jump in and find out how.
Have a healthy and productive day,