What & Why

What & Why

WHAT IS FACILITATION?

It’s the process of designing and running a successful meeting.

It’s also much more than that. It is …

Leading in Groups

Facilitation is a style of leadership in groups.

Stewarding Meetings

Facilitation is about taking care of the process of groups and meetings: the how, where, when, what happens next, who should speak next, who should not speak next. And making sure the group’s ‘why’ is being honoured.

Empowering Participants

Facilitation helps each group member to have a voice and be heard, and to be a part of the steps to success.

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WHY WOULD YOU LEARN TO ‘FACILITATE’?

Being responsible for the success of a group/meeting requires an understanding of group dynamics, a suite of tactics to steer things in the right direction, the tact and discernment to know what to do and say, and a toolbox of methods suitable for various scenarios.

It also requires confidence, bravery and wisdom. And, the willingness to fail, gracefully if possible.

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WHAT DOES  SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?

A successful group meeting is pleasant, productive and purposeful.

Pleasant

Safe, secure and maybe even fun. Threats, bullying, tension, exploitation, undermining, conflict and aggression can and should be avoided and/or managed.

Productive & Co-operative

To make the best use of people’s time. If a meeting is a waste of people’s time, then there’s something wrong.

Purposeful

Ensuring that the activities of the group are aligned with the reason the group exists.

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WHEN DO YOU USE FACILITATION?

Chairing Meetings

  • Staff meetings
  • Board and Committee meetings
  • Organisation AGMs
  • Conference breakouts
  • Brainstorming and planning meetings
  • Decision making
  • Interview panels (and being interviewed)

Managing Teams

  • Delegating
  • Coping with conflict
  • Resolving tension
  • Team building

Hosting Discussions

  • Consultations
  • Talks, panels and discussions
  • Focus groups

Training & Teaching

  • Learning courses
  • Workshops
  • Skills development
  • Information giving
  • Yoga classes and retreats

Supporting Groups

  • Peer groups (e.g. women groups, mens groups)
  • Youth groups

FACILITATION TRAINING

Facilitating a group is part science, part craft.
These courses have a dual focus of getting the thinking right and getting the tools to do it well.

THE CORE OF FACILITATION
Level 1: one-day introductory workshop

THE CRAFT OF FACILITATION
Level 2: Eight-week evening intermediate course The Craft of Facilitation, level 2 group faciliation skills course by Dave Dunn

GROUP FACILITATOR

Specialised in youth groups and young adults.

Also good at leading strategic visioning & planning; hosting conferences; chairing AGMs; MC-ing open mic nights and cheer leading laughter workshops.

Take a look at his previous clients list.

Dave Dunn is organised and playful. dave.dunn.ie Group Facilitator

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS

Resilience, Time & Task Management,
Laughter, Listening, Creativity

These are interactive, engaging and empowering learning workshops.

Short two-hour or half day.

They're also good craic. dave.dunn.ie workshops