FACILITATION RESOURCES


November 16th, 2017

Facilitators intentionally choose appropriate processes and activities for each particular group and purpose. Here’s a selection of some that I use. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

ACTION STORMING

A coaching approach to quickly iterate different responses to a difficult situation.

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A Thiagi activity (www.thiagi.com) that encourages people to interact with pre-prepared content through a swapping and scoring activity. Thiagi calls this a frame game, where the activity remains the same but the content can vary according to context.

BUT vs AND

Demonstrates the difference between blocking and accepting.

CARDSTORMING

A traditional facilitation approach to grouping and theming brainstorm ideas.

CHUNKING (Sociometry)

Also known as category sociometry whereby people choose a group, or category, to join.

CLOSING CIRCLE

A closing circle is an ‘unhurried’ way of closing a workshop. It enables everyone to say something, or not, and book-ends the ending with the beginning – where people arrived and sat in a circle wondering what Creative Facilitation was all about, and finish sitting in a circle with a shared experience of the day.

COME ‘ERE, COME ‘ERE

A lively, small group game that explores similarities and differences in a group, as well as the idea of welcoming newcomers.

Design and Staging Worksheet

DART BOARD

A visual way of representing if there has been a shift in participant understanding of various topics.
Usually done at the beginning of a session, and repeated at the end.

An empathy exercise where people get to step into another’s point-of-view regarding a particular topic.

EMPATHY

An individual, thought-provoking activity that reveals some universal truths about us as humans – no matter our background.

ENTREPENEURS

A strength-based approach that demonstrates the effectiveness of coming up with ideas based on those things we love.

ESSENCE

An activity that identifies shared understanding of the meaning of a topic, and discourages the use of jargon.

Facilitating OPEN SPACE TECHNOLOGY (OST)

FACTS AND OPINIONS

Differentiates between the known facts, and people’s opinions.

FULL CIRCLE

A process to gather group-generated knowledge relating to specific questions or topics that encourages going beyond top-of-head thinking and includes synthesising the data to identify the most important.

HELLO

An activity to gather information from a group in a short amount of time, and demonstrate the existing skills in a group.

HOW SWEET IT IS

An activity to explore different types of evaluation data, and the different reasons why an evaluation might be proposed.

I AM A TREE

An improv game that encourages commitment, starting before you are ready, and making your partner look good.

IDEA BOUNCE

A participant-led series of discussion topics.

I LIKE I WISH I WONDER

A circle activity (loosely based on sociometry) to hear participant likes, wishes and curiosities.

JUMPSTART STORIES

LAME DUCK

An improv game that explores strategy, tactics, communication, and learning.

LEAD WITH VALUE

A review activity that helps participants re-connect with the content of the day.

LINE UP (Sociometry)

Also known as a continuum, participants place themselves on a line according to certain criteria.

LISTENING 4 WAYS

An active listening activity that encourages deeper connection and noticing.

LOVE IT – LOATHE IT

A sociometric decision-making scale that encourages people to make choices and provides an opportunity to hear the reasons behind those choices.

NAME GAME

An improv game to quickly learn people’s name in a group.

NOVICE – NINJA LINES

An active way of unearthing skills within a group.

ORID

A focused discussion method leading to a decision by a group.

PASS THE CLAP

An improv game that demonstrates commitment, making your partner look good, and sometimes even makes it to a flow state.

PASS THE ZAP!

An improv game that encompasses most of what improv can teach us.  A circle, energy transfer game with layered elements that enable participants to make sense of it according to their own circumstances.

PHOTO BOOTH

An evaluation activity to identify people’s key takeaways.

PLUS, MINUS, CURIOUS

An evaluation activity that identifies what people liked, what they did not like, and what they are still curious about.

POPCORN POWERPOINT

A story-telling approach to a slideshow based on random selection of slides.

RIP IT UP

A jolt. A way to encourage a group to share information and want to learn more about the topic.

SHUFFLE

A debrief activity for sharing insights at the end of a session.

SOCIOMETRY

A way of measuring individual relationships in a group.

SPEED DATING

A paired sharing activity that is based on speedily sharing information, and then moving onto another partner.

THE STORY SPINE

A framework for storytelling that has many applications.

TWO-WORD GO-ROUND

I’ve heard facilitators ask participants a generalised “how are you going?’ question. This doesn’t elicit much information. A one-word, two-word, or three-word go-round gives everyone a chance to hear how everyone else is ‘travelling’. It gives a ‘temperature’ of the room.

SURVIVAL

A prioritising activity based on the best ideas remaining in the mix.

TELL US ‘THAT’ STORY

An improv activity around listening and noticing that reveals how much we rely on non-verbal signals.

TRIFECTOR

TRUE FOR YOU

A ‘musical chairs, circle game that encourages sharing of insights.

VISUAL EXPLORER™

Usual visual cues to explore topics.

WAVE ANALYSIS

Uses the metaphor of the wave to analyse practices in any given situation.

WORLD CAFE LITE 

An adaptation of the classic World Cafe, where the focus is on the conversation.

5 Comments so far

  1. Gobinda Poudal on March 17, 2011 7:12 pm

    We had excellent time of facilitation for last three days (March 14-17).
    Thanks to our lead facilitators Viv and Johnnie and coordinator Mr. Wan Chung.

  2. Gobinda Poudal on February 14, 2012 5:54 pm

    i run 4 batches short workshop (1 day) with different staff and stakeholders. Recently (Feb 9-10) I run three days Facilitation Workshop to our staff… A lot of Fun.. Great learning and more enthusiasm. Again thanks to our Gurus. Viv there will be some staff adding to our Social Network!

  3. Suborno Chisim on September 8, 2014 1:15 pm

    We had a wonderful workshop on facilitation last week. It was really a new experience for all the participants which will bring new dimension in our facilitation. Thanks Viv for your hard work and for the resources you have put up in your site.

  4. Gobinda on October 9, 2014 4:57 pm

    Interesting experience with extended time for “35” for Conflict Management and Empowerment! Recoding and dealing with people’s behavior! Great learning for Community Facilitator during 5 days training on “Community Facilitation and Resource Mobilization” for Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN).

    Be creative to improvise the tools according to the context!

    FUN-Joyful learning!

  5. Advent Tripland on January 6, 2015 4:15 pm

    I have experienced many of those games in Advanced Facilitation training that, inspired me to share with my team. It is very wonderful instrument to catch up adult learning.Thanks Viv for her enthusiastic coaching.

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