Professionally design and facilitate events to maximize your return on investment and energy.
We’ve all experienced them (at least we hope you have!); meetings that flow effortlessly, where discussion is focused and on track, group knowledge is captured effectively and decisions are made. Participants were alert and engaged – enthusiastic to participate. There was more time for active participation than for passive listening, and still, somehow, the meeting ended on time, with a tangible product.
Chances are, if you have experienced that meeting, there was a skilled facilitator in the room. What makes a professional facilitator effective is not their content knowledge. Instead, it is there capacity to design and guide people through a structured thinking process that allows all the people in the meeting to share their content knowledge effectively. The best facilitators familiarize themselves with the content, but they do not contribute content themselves. Rather, they ensure that a safe space is created for the group to accomplish what it needs to accomplish.
We have designed and facilitated workshops, executive retreats, staff retreats and summits and plenary sessions for 10 to 1000 people. We treat participants energy as if it is a valuable resource.
The Importance of Design
Our approach to group facilitation is that we plan with care and detail to make sure each event meets your objectives. Our preferred way of doing this is in cooperation with our clients, who we typically enlist into the planning process. Many times, depending on the goals and size of the project, we create ‘planning teams’ of 4 to 80 people to help us design our events.
- Our professional facilitators will ensure that your group stays on track, meeting outputs are delivered and productive group learning takes place (IAF Certified Professional Facilitators are available).
- A facilitator provides access to thoughtful, creative, customized design in order to ensure a group process meets its objectives.
- A professional facilitator is trained to develop and customize a process around client needs that follows simple principles based on common human communication dynamics.
- When combined with a capacity to ask engaging questions and manage challenging group behaviours, a facilitator will help a group thrive.