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Facilitation skills – 23/02/13 Aims: To understand different types of learning styles and the importance of considering these when design & delivering sessions. To explore the role of a facilitator and the skills, knowledge, values and principles needed. To consider all the necessary planning that is needed when running a session. Preparation Aims of flipchart Quiz questions printed Explanations printed Outline 11:00 – 12:30 – Part 1 11:00 – 11:10 – Energiser 11:10 – 11:15 – Introduction 11:15 – 12:00 – Learning styles 12:00 – 12:30 – Being a facilitator 13:30 – 15:00 – Part 2 13:30 – 13:40 – Energiser 13:40 – 14:00 – Key things for facilitating 14:00 – 14:20 – Objectives 14:20 – 14:40 – And yes 14:40 – 15:00 – Evaluation & close Key facilitator points 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Remember an Intro and Outro Point out the links through the activities, and across the programme Know who is doing what, and your rules of engagement as co-facilitators Allow participants to find their knowledge, don’t teach! Pitch it right – get the key points across but don’t over simplify Respond to the group dynamics


Part 1 Time 11:00 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:00


10 mins 10 mins

5 mins

10 mins

12:00 – 12:30


Preparati on

Welcome & Introductions Ice breaker Introduction to the session Aims for the session Split into 2 parts – designed to follow on. Do come back! Learning styles Introduction to the activity Aim: To understand different types of learning styles and the importance of considering these when design & delivering sessions. Using a well known method of understanding your learning styles. The considering the impact on facilitating. Honey and Mumford Quiz Fill out the quiz Add up the numbers!

20 mins

Groups of learning styles Share you experiences of this style What activities do you like in training What activities do you not like in training

15 mins

Feedback from groups Each group explains their likes & dislikes in terms of training activities.

10 mins

Implications for facilitators The groups draws up a list on flipchart of the types of things facilitators need to consider when planning and delivering training. Being a facilitator

5 mins 55 mins

Head, hands, heart of being a facilitator Small groups Report back Report back to build the ‘ideal’ facilitator What is different about being a facilitator vs other educators o Where is learning from (participants) o Key is questions – asking the right questions o See notebook


Printed quiz

Definition sheets



Part 2 13:00 – 14:10

Keys to facilitation 10 mins 30 mins


14:10 – 14:30

20 mins

14:30 – 14:15

15 mins

14:45 – 15:00

15 mins

Objectives Each person has a partner – A & B. A & B are giving competing objectives. Feedback and discuss implication – where was the objective? What tactics did you use? What were the barriers & challenges? Who succeeded? Did you compromise? And yes All sat in a circle. Begin a story. Everyone must start their contribution with ‘And yes…” Feedback – o Building upon the story of others o Listening to what they had to say o Making links immediately and after a period of time o Active listening throughout Evaluation 4 Faces evaluation What was useful? What did you learn? What would you like more information on?

Key things to consider when facilitating a session Small group work / post it notes. What are all the things to consider before, during and after delivering a session? 6 tips for a good session

6 top tips on Flipchart

Bulls Eye evaluation 1. 2. 3. 4.

I enjoyed the sessions We worked well together as a group This was useful for me personally This was useful for WCF and more widely


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