Facilitating remote groups
Enhance your ability to bring energy, focus and participation to meetings, workshops and any other kind of virtual gathering.
To facilitate means to 'make something easy', but it's likely you'll have been in a group situation that felt difficult — that lacked purpose, energy and impact. Perhaps a meeting that drifted and people dropped out of, or a workshop that started well but lost its way. And in these currently distributed times, with an emphasis on virtual gathering, these pitfalls can feel all the more present.
But it doesn't have to be this way, and there are well established models and methods that we can all be using for transformative effect when groups come together.
Sharing these is the purpose of this session, and in doing so we'll draw from many of the principles and proven approaches that YCN's own facilitators have sharpened in delivering different kinds of group sessions to distributed groups of all shapes and sizes.
From setting better expectations and inclusively kicking things off, to creating rich virtual environments and managing group dynamics — you'll experience first hand proven tools and techniques to put into play for more participation, energy and value from any kind of group situation you find yourself in.
What we'll cover:
• The '5 Es' of successful group experiences
• Managing energy as a facilitator
• Priming and welcoming groups
• Tech tips on Zoom and quick wins with shared boards
• Warming welcome exercises (that aren't cheesy) designed to encourage participation
• Getting everyone's voice 'into the room'
• Begin, and ending well
How the session will be structured:
Expect an energising mix of instruction, discussion and putting new approaches and techniques into immediate practice — with conversational reflection and review.
Who the session's for:
Anyone keen to build their virtual facilitation skills right away, and to practice new approaches among a supportive group of like-minds. You might be new to the idea of facilitation or looking to build on existing skills. The session content is as relevant to running a series of client workshops as it is bringing a bit more oomph to your Monday morning meeting.
The flow of the session was great; a mix of teaching, discussion and reflection on individual approaches to facilitation. I left feeling energised rather than over-whelmed!