The first chapter of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation, downloadable here as an individual resource. Can be used, for example, as assigned reading, a discussion starter, or incorporated into facilitator training.
Or however you’d like to use it.
From the chapter:
Facilitation is a challenging subject to teach. It’s in the face of this challenge, we suspect, that most folks don’t even bother trying to formally teach it. Most facilitators learn how to facilitate in one of four ways, presented here in most-to-least formal: (1) in a retreat or mini-retreat setting where the material to be facilitated is covered, and a few general pointers about facilitation are presented (e.g., “Ask open-ended questions…. Avoid values statements….”); (2) shadowing or co-facilitating with an experienced facilitator; (3) being a participant in someone else’s facilitation and thinking “I could totally do that;” or (4) being given a packet with some instructions, put in front of a room full of people, after someone saying “you can totally do this.”
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