or out . . .
As a facilitator, its my job to support everyone to do their best thinking and practice.
To do this I aim to encourage full participation, promote mutual understanding
and cultivate compassionate responsibility.
My job as a skilled facilitator is also to bring a watchful awareness of the process
and the many layers of reality in a human group.
"To apprehend process,
we have to move
into a different state of being
- one which is simultaneously
inside and outside,
participant and observer,
analyst and artist."
Why employ a trained facilitator? Because a trained facilitator will ~
Tailor a session to your specific needs
Encourage active listening and reflection
Have a range of tools and techniques to maximise your group's learning
Ensure the keeping of time
Design processes that stimulate the flow of ideas
And most importantly, a trained facilitator will ensure that as part of the process, participants will physically move around the room thus generating both energy and engagement.
Facilitating change faster, simply by s l o w i n g d o w n . .
Advice to anyone wanting to work with a facilitator
TOP TIP ~ Don't design the day yourself and then ask a facilitator to come and run it for you! This is the equivalent of hobbling a runner before a marathon, DON'T DO IT!
Begin a list of what it is you want to work on with your group aided by a facilitator, THEN ASK YOUR CHOSEN FACILITATOR TO WORK WITH YOU ON DESIGNING THE PROGRAM TO BEST ACHIEVE YOUR DESIRED OUTCOME
A trained and experienced facilitator will be able to work with you to help you get the best out of your group, and your budget.
Hungry for greater understanding of how we are in groups, what dynamics can be at play, not just for ourselves, but also for the group at large, I studied a post graduate diploma in humanistic psychology (2006 to 2008) entitled 'Leadership, Facilitation and Coaching'. This gave me the opportunity to dive deep; not only into theories and models,
but into the felt senses, and the experiential.
Now some years on I try to bring all of myself to the roles of facilitator, coach and trainer, which means "sometimes means the clunky bits too". Aiming to lead with authenticity and integrity, following what Mac Macartney from Embercombe calls, 'the twin trail of leadership ~ the inner path of self knowing and the outer path of action in the world'.
I work with an embodied approach, weaving together the various strands of my experience that include my warmth, candour, courage to challenge, humour, and compassion. and it is these qualities that I try to bring to all of the groups I work with..... aiming to shine a light in the dark corners, "like life, it is a work in progress . . "