What all facilitators should not go to bed without knowing

What are the three essential elements for all types of facilitating? That’s my takeaway from 3 days at the Alia Institute for Authentic Leadership event in Halifax.

1. Presence – capacity to be in the moment, authentic and sincere.

This is harder than it sounds. We have gotten used to trying to appear professional, removing or separating out the true self. But this is what is needed to be able to call upon the genuine person and sincere conversations and move into work with the heart – so we as facilitators must model that.

2. Good questions – not all right questions, but amazing questions

Excellent questions open the space to explore. A good question gets at a deeper level, brings forward the quest, give room for divergent thinking. Getting to the answer is really about having formulated the right question. Take the time to do it.

3. Listening techniques – key to forward movement

There are ways to help us move beyond simply waiting our turn to speak to truly listening. From storytelling, which in the end, is more a listening technique to the good ol’ speaker stick, each of us will need to find our methodologies to support genuine listening.

And, a more thorough explanation of these three key elements, right here:

A simple word of wisdom that has really hit home – It is caring to ask for help. A person who can not ask for help, cannot be trusted. I happily shared this with my teenager at home, but he didn’t agree and I found myself having to make explicit all that makes sense in this phrase – point by point – and then of course, he went, I see what you mean. cool. Teenagers are such great teachers. 🙂

These lessons all validate the importance of moving forward with learning circles and indeed October 4th, percolab launches an informal open learning circle, for freelancers and employees, intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs, dreamers and project makers. Anyone in Montreal ready to make a 4 hour commitment per week over 3 months. It’s a pilot experience bringing us one step closer towards our dream of launching more comprehensive learning programs built on the learning circle model for professional development in and outside of organisations.

More information on learning circle see: Équipage – action – réflexion – création

Closing shared silence and impressions activity, brilliantly facilitated. Photo from http://halifaxaoh.posterous.com/

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