For organizations and communities, bringing people together in constructive dialogue is essential to advance projects and build connections. Making these gatherings as effective as possible increases productivity, improves decision-making, and enhances the sense of group membership.
This course will help you increase your comfort and skill in facilitating groups and meetings – of any audience size, in-person virtually, or hybrid. Build your awareness of models, processes, and interactive activities that can be applied to group dialogue and meetings. Gain strategies for giving directions to a group, developing facilitation activities related to their identified topic, and managing various responses to activities. Participants will also learn how to support or guide a group towards decision making, ideation, or dialogue in meeting spaces. Finally, we will examine techniques that can be leveraged to create connections among the members of the group.
The skills and practice methods are applicable in multiple settings and relevant to gathering stakeholder input, community organizing, strategic planning, project evaluation, staff retreats, and policy development. Note: This class will focus on facilitation in the context of community and professional meetings, not clinical therapy, or support groups.