Workshop: Facilitation that Sings
Presenter: Brian L. French
When: September 13, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm CT
Location: Dallas Baptist University North (DBUN)
2805 Dallas Parkway, Suite 450
Plano, TX 75093
Light Breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided
Members Regular- $350
Non-Members Regular - $395
Detailed Participant Guide (Printed and PDF), Pre-Session Survey Template, Group Profile Guide, and a Facilitator Kit (supplies to aid in group facilitation)
Great facilitators are like great singers - they immediately capture your attention and make you glad that you are listening to them. The best singers captivate the audience by sharing the "feeling" of the music, while also being technically competent at delivering it. The best facilitators do this as well, sharing the "feeling" of the content, while also being technically competent at delivering it. This connects the participants with the content on an emotional level to make the learning stick.
This session is focused specifically on facilitating group-learning sessions where you play the key role in insuring that the participants comprehend the content and can display the concepts learned. This is done through exploring the “12 Notes of Facilitation” (analogous to the 12 notes that a singer has available on the chromatic scale) to ensure that the participants have a meaningful learning experience.
The skills you learn in this session will increase confidence and give you the tools needed to build your strengths to get to the next level in your facilitation career. During the workshop you will practice the skills you’re acquiring through various exercises and activities.
This session is equally applicable for new facilitators just starting to lead sessions, as well as experienced facilitators who wish to develop stronger capabilities to make your sessions even more memorable. Join us for this workshop where you will learn to find your "Facilitation Voice" to create your wonderful “song” of learning.
By the end of the session, the learner should be able to…
- Detail the many roles that a facilitator plays in various situations.
- Setup a learning environment that is comfortable and suited to the type of session.
- Demonstrate effective stage presence to gain attention and build trust.
- Describe learning styles and discover ways to fill their needs.
- Lead idea-generation sessions to ensure all people have the opportunity to share thoughts.
- Create activities and interactions to increase learner engagement and content retention.
- Moderate facilitative discussions to enhance information flow through questioning techniques.
- Manage group-emotion to maintain a positive feeling and deal with negative participants.
- Utilize media to appropriately support the message and content.
12 Notes of Facilitation
1. The Role of the Facilitator
• Understanding the many aspects and the important roles that a facilitator fulfills.
2. The Learning Environment
• Creating a space that is open, inviting and fosters trust.
3. Developing Stage Presence
• Discovering your unique “Facilitation Voice” to positively lead the group.
4. Reaching all Learner Types
• Ensuring that all types of learners are being reached and provided equal opportunity.
5. Filling the Toolbox with Tools
• Being prepared and having the toolset and skillset needed to succeed.
6. Idea-Generation Techniques
• Creating ways to foster discussion and generate ideas.
7. Exploration and Discovery
• Inviting participants to explore the topic and self-discover concepts.
8. Activities and Interactions
• Engaging participants through fun and meaningful interactive elements.
9. Facilitative Discussions
• Leading discussions that invite all to openly participate.
10. Maintaining Positivity
• Ensuring the feeling within the group remains positive and open to learning.
11. Problem Participants
• Dealing respectfully with negative participants to overcome challenges.
12. Media that Supports
• Using media in a way that fully supports the content/message.
About the Speaker
Brian L. French is a Leadership Development professional with 30+ years of experience in learning design/development/delivery. A master-level facilitator, Brian holds certifications on many industry-leading courses/assessments and has facilitated sessions throughout the years for global audiences in both classroom/conference-based and virtual/webinar-based environments, and for groups ranging from small teams to many hundreds of attendees. For many years he managed a group of Senior Facilitators for a Fortune 20 company, providing coaching and support for many types of facilitative engagements across the enterprise. Brian is the Founder/President of Harmonic Learning, LLC and the creator of the Harmonic Work-Styles Model, a tool to create deeper understanding and stronger communication within the workplace.