Facilitation skills course


Group facilitation

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one-day course
Become a more effective group facilitator.

In this group facilitation training course, participants will learn facilitation skills and techniques to encourage and support a group of people to achieve their goal or objectives.

Target Audience

The course provides comprehensive facilitator training for individuals who facilitate meetings and want to gain maximum audience participation and contribution, teaching you the art of effective meeting facilitation.

Course Aim

During the group facilitation skills training, delegates will learn how to facilitate meetings to maximise individual and group contributions so that their meeting participants achieve their desired objective.

The facilitator will demonstrate a range of group working methods that the participants can practice and use in the meetings they facilitate. Participants will be given the opportunity to try out a group working method and use their facilitation skills in the practical context of their own work, helping them to prepare for the next meeting they will be facilitating.

Course Objectives

By the end of this one day facilitation training course, the participants will have:

  • Explained their role as a facilitator.
  • Identified their preferred facilitation style and the ways it can be adapted to meet the needs of different groups.
  • Recognised and used appropriate facilitation interventions that can maximise contributions within the group.
  • Used a group working technique that will increase the methodology and effectiveness of the meetings they facilitate.
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Course Overview

  • Role of the facilitator
    • Definition of facilitation
    • Role of facilitator versus leader
    • Small group exercise, group discussion and short presentation
  • Facilitation styles
    • Stages of group development
    • Styles of facilitation
    • Adapting facilitation style to maturity of group
    • Personal facilitation style
    • Small group ‘styles of facilitation’ exercise, group discussion and review of individual facilitation styles questionnaire
  • Facilitation skills and interventions
    • Key facilitation skills and techniques
    • Types of facilitator interventions
    • Using questions to manage meeting behaviour and contributions
    • Metaplanning group exercise, pairs exercise and practice meeting with group learning review
  • Group working techniques
    • Identifying when to use different group working techniques
    • Small group exercise and group learning review
  • Practice sessions – preparation
    • Selecting a group working method to practice using
    • Facilitator brief, small group preparation
  • Practice sessions
    • Small group facilitation demonstration of selected group working method
    • Participant feedback
    • Practice session with group feedback and learning review
  • Reviewing the learning and next steps
    • Action planning and course feedback

Facilitation courses will be supported with:

  • An optional participant pre-course questionnaire and/or pre-course reading on group facilitation skills
  • An electronic pre-course participant facilitation styles questionnaire
  • A colour printed workbook with tips, techniques and space for personal notes

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Enjoyable, good pace, energy. Met the needs of the group. Facilitator focused some of the activities to the task we were about to embark on which really helped the group – not just an off the shelf course.
Ann Nardechia, Learning & Development Manager, Hillingdon Borough Council


Best part was the way the facilitator pointed out actual facilitation techniques as we went along.
Helen Kerrigan, Clinical Educator, Golden Jubilee National Hospital


I enjoyed the way we learned and feel that the tips and group facilitation skills I learnt have given me the confidence to facilitate my next team meeting and achieve our goals better.
Gail Martin, Learning & Academic Support Manager, The College of Estate Management


Great and thought provoking.
Lucie Woodnutt, WIN Officer, Wiltshire & Swindon Users Group


Very informative and enjoyable day.
Nick Crane, Deputy Head of Network, Wiltshire & Swindon Users Group


Thank you for taking the time to tailor this session to suit our organisation’s needs. I found the training excellent and exceptionally relevant from start to end. Very much appreciated + valued.
Denise Murphy, HR Business Partner, KUSCO


Really good, useful to be able to practice facilitation. The facilitator was very engaging. Really enjoyed it.
Jo Moore, Social Worker, Marie Curie Cancer Care


Very interesting and interactive. Will use skills in practice.
Glenda Morris, Ward Sister, Marie Curie Cancer Care

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The Facilitation Training Course is one of our "in-house" training programmes, run in the UK, at the business premises of our client. Contact us for pricing or to discuss your training needs.

Training Dates

Flexible to suit client needs.

In-House Training Locations

Our professionally qualified trainers deliver "in-house" group facilitation training for companies in the following areas:

  • London and the South East
  • The Thames Valley – including Reading, Slough, Maidenhead, Oxford and Swindon
  • Cambridge
  • Exeter
  • Norwich and East Anglia
  • Leeds and Bradford
  • Manchester and the North West
  • Southampton and Bournemouth
  • Birmingham and the Midlands
  • Nottingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff and South Wales
  • Devon, Cornwall and the South West
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland

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