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Awareness-building group facilitation: Which of its benefits does your organization need?

Benefit #1 – Run Your Meetings Better. Help your groups gain insight into how to run meetings that work well and confidence that they can do so by observing the impact an experiencing the value of effective group facilitation.

Benefit #2 – Make Your Meetings More Efficient. Help your groups learn how to use their meeting time more efficiently and productively.

Benefit #3 – Increase Your Meeting Attendance. Increase your group members’ willingness to meet by boosting their confidence that their meetings will be engaging and productive.

Benefit #4 – Accelerate Your New Groups’ Start-ups. Ease each new group’s passage through the “forming, storming, norming and performing” stages to develop its own capacities and operating style.

Benefit #5 – Help Your Groups to Become More Flexible. Help your groups practice and master new ways of working together (especially useful for new groups).

Benefit #6 – Improve Your Groups’ Problem Solving. Help your groups learn how to engage in clearer thinking and develop more robust and more durable solutions to problems.

Benefit #7 – Strengthen Teamwork within Your Groups. Enable the members of each of your groups to work together more easily by helping the group to learn more about itself and to become more cohesive as the group members deepen their connections with one another.

Benefit #8 – Achieve Greater Buy-in to Your Groups’ Decisions. Increase “buy in” to whatever decisions any of your groups group make and maximize the likelihood that the group members will perform their future implementation roles by ensuring that every member of the group feels listened to, heard and understood.

Benefit #9 – Help Your Groups to Become More Productive. Ensure that in each of your groups information is shared, agreements are developed, problems are solved, decisions are made, follow-up actions are clarified and the group does a better job of meeting its goals.

Why choose us to bring you these benefits?

Reason #1 – Our Group Facilitation Helps Your Groups Become Self-Facilitating. When facilitating one of your groups, we establish a supportive presence by selectively feeding back to them our observations on their process. This gives your group an opportunity to view its meeting dynamics from our neutral outsider perspective. It gives us a chance to model awareness-building and energy mobilizing behaviors your group can eventually learn to use to facilitate its own decision processes. Using a supportive presence and selective feedback of our observations to build self-aware, self-energizing and self-facilitating groups distinguishes us from most other facilitators.

Reason #2 – Our Group Facilitation Models Self-Aware and Self-Energizing Behavior. To use our presence, our observations and our feedback as instruments for expanding your group’s self-awareness, self-energizing and self-facilitating capacities, we behave consistently in the following manner:

    Project a calm and confident demeanor.

    Show sensitivity by listening actively and intently, noticing concerns and reactions and never hesitating to ask about thoughts and feelings whenever it is helpful to do so.

    Communicate our genuine interest in serving the group by being candid with them and by making eye contact with group members in a way that is both comfortable and welcoming.

    Manage our emotions and show self-control even in difficult situations.

    Avoid losing our temper, becoming embroiled in disputes or conveying displeasure when the atmosphere becomes strained or combative.

    Attend closely to the proceedings, never forgetting key ideas or allowing ourselves to become distracted.

    Demonstrate our flexibility by continually testing the group process, offering options and adjusting activities as needed.

    Make every effort to remain unobtrusive, avoiding the limelight and talking little.

    Remain content neutral to ensure that participants’ ideas dominate the discussion and group members experience a sense of ownership of the results of their deliberations.

    Work to stay energetic and totally engaged throughout, managing our personal energy so that the proceedings achieve and maintain a momentum of their own that leads to quality outcomes and satisfying closure.

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