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Great facilitation skills can lift an average team to become exceptional. The Expert Toolkit Team believe these 6 skills turn good facilitators into great ones. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Why Great Team Facilitation Skills are Great Leadership by Expert Toolkit


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How to be a great facilitator
  • Don't neglect the critical skill of facilitation
    as you strive to become a great business leader.

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  • Facilitation is one of those capabilities that
    can truly make or break a team. It can lift an
    'average team" to become an exceptional team.
  • Good facilitation can take a misaligned,
    uncoordinated dysfunctional unit and turn it into
    a team united behind a single purpose and
    performance objective.
  • Of all of the "low tech, high touch"
    communication and leadership tools that can
    promote exceptional performance, group
    facilitation is one of the most powerful.

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  • It has the power to lift individuals and teams to
    overcome obstacles and reach new levels of
    performance.
  • In some ways, the professional sporting coach is
    like a facilitator. They communicate at a human
    level, with each and every individual on the team
    and they engage with the team as a single unit.
  • They dissect problems, coax out solutions and
    generate action and energy. These characteristics
    or attributes are also synonymous with good
    leadership.

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  • In fact, great facilitating is great leading and
    great leading needs great facilitating. Ever see
    a great leader in a group setting - they
    orchestrate, they motivate, they guide, the
    probe, they push, they encourage.
  • They facilitate. It's rare to see a good leader
    who isn't a good facilitator, or a good
    facilitator who isn't a good leader. That said,
    what are the skills that a great facilitator (or
    great leader facilitating), uses to set them
    apart from the average facilitator?
  • In the eyes of the team at Expert Toolkit, we'd
    like to nominate these 6 skills that make good
    facilitators great facilitators 

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  • They make lots of eye contact
  • They use eye contact relentlessly. Not creepy or
    uncomfortable eye contact, but eye contact that
    connects with individuals, draws them in,
    solicits their input and gains their commitment.
    It's warm, inviting, encouraging, inspiring eye
    contact - at a human level.
  • They know the power of silence
  • They know that silence is powerful. As a
    facilitator you have the power to control the
    pace and vocal energy in any room - your own and
    that of the group. Great facilitators use silence
    to create suspense, stimulate ideas and allow for
    the team to step into the space and contribute,
    breakthrough barriers, make commitments and take
    action.

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  • They are masters of human behavior
  • They constantly read the body language and other
    nonverbal cues and communication of the audience.
    They can sense the important clues that are
    coming through - resentment, fear, anxiety,
    buy-in, engagement, energy, positivity and
    commitment. They use this information wisely.
  • They promote inclusion
  • Great facilitators never allow bystanders.
    Equally, they never allow individuals to dominate
    to the detriment of the team. They create
    opportunities for everyone to contribute. They
    level the field, remove hierarchies and cultural
    barriers to bring out the knowledge, ideas and
    skills of everyone in the room.

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  • They use their voice to its fullest
  • Voice, body language, energy and style all make
    up a powerful mix for the facilitator. Voice in
    particular is a versatile asset that enables the
    great facilitator to influence the pace,
    engagement, intensity and focus of the group.
    They use all of their voice to keep the group
    engaged through variation in tone, volume and
    speed.
  • They don't fear the tactile
  • Great facilitators don't fear space or touch.
    They use it confidently to engage with different
    parts of the audience, to control attention and
    even engage directly with specific participants.
    They might walk near or even touch a challenging
    participant - to get them onboard or to get
    what's on their mind out into the open.

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  • There you have it, the 6 facilitation skills we
    see in the most exceptional facilitators. Master
    them if you want to be a great facilitator.
  • They will also add to your leadership
    capabilities in ways you hadn't expected.
  • For more on becoming a great facilitator, check
    out Expert Toolkit's How to be a Great
    Facilitator.

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