Group Facilitation Methods

Powerful Methods to Facilitate and Build Consensus

Pre-Requisite: None*

 

*This course is pre-requisite for most other ICA courses and all Programs.

 

Move beyond "seat-of-the-pants" facilitation and reliance on instinct, to use the most powerful facilitation methods and processes available. Learn step-by-step approaches to clear thinking, sound decisions, solid consensus and open dialogue. Group Facilitation is foundational course for professional facilitators and will give you a thorough grounding in facilitation practice. 

 

This course has been endorsed by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) as part of the Professional Facilitator Program to lead you to become a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF). GFM alone covers many of the competencies required by the IAF.

 

Who is it For?

 

  • Experienced facilitators, it will help reinforce what you are already doing well and point out the areas that need work.
  • New facilitators by starting you out on a solid foundation with best practices used by professional facilitators around the world.
  • Executives, managers and other leaders by acquainting you with key facilitation skills that will immediately enhance your leadership capacity.
  • Consultants by showing how to engage your clients more effectively in discussions and solutions.
  • Presenters and trainers who will get new practical tools that will enhance the adult learning principles they know are important.
  • Anyone who wants to be assessed by the International Association of Facilitators as a Certifies Professional Facilitator (CPF).

 

Benefits

 

Focus group energy on common goals

  • Enable groups to form consensus
  • Facilitate solid commitment to results
  • Encourage group creativity
  • Build motivation and improve morale

Help groups resolve conflict

  • Build respect and trust in groups
  • Create lively effective teamwork
  • Generate positive interaction
  • Make groups more productive and effective

Conduct easier, faster meetings

  • Save time and money on meetings
  • Involve participants in discussions
  • Get more ideas into the mix

 

Key Methods Taught


The Focused Conversation Method provides a structure for clear dialogue and reflection, probes beneath the surface to the depth of a topic, encourages a diversity of perspectives and leads to decisions.

  • Gets everyone participating
  • Encourages a diversity of perspectives
  • Provides a structure for positive dialogue
  • Gets beneath the surface of a topic
  • Builds common understanding

The Consensus Workshop Method provides a participation and respectful way to move a group toward consensus on those important topics that everyone wants a breakthrough.

  • Involved each group member
  • Gets all the ideas into the mix
  • Focuses the group consensus
  • Builds an effective team partnership
  • Enables you to facilitate large groups

Learn two powerful methods to enhance your facilitation skills

"ICA Associates Inc. provides the best training that I have come across. Their decades of learning and development have resulted in methods unsurpassed by anyone else in the field." - David Kraft, Director of Research, Strategic Communications.

 

 

Agenda

 

Day One

The Focused Conversation Method

  • Demonstration of FCM
  • Theory and levels of thinking
  • Applications of FCM

Practice

  • Designing focused conversations
  • Practice leading conversations

Feedback

 

Day Two

Consensus Workshop Method

  • Demonstration of Consensus Workshop
  • Theory and group dynamics
  • Applications of Consensus Workshop

Practice

  • Designing Focus Questions
  • Practice Consensus Workshops

Feedback

 

When is this course given

To know when the next Group Facilitation Methods course will be given, please refer to our course schedule.


Price

Number of Participants: 24

 

Course Period: 2 days (9:00-17:00)

 

Price: ¥60,000 (¥40,000/day in case of booking only one day)

 

Discount: 10% for Government officers, 20% for NPO officers, 40% for University students

 

GFM course includes The Art of Focused Conversation: 100 Ways to Access Group Wisdom in the Workplace by R. Brian Stanfield.