In this episode of the Facilitation Lab podcast, Douglas welcomes Sandra Molinari, a workplace violence prevention specialist, to discuss her journey in facilitation and the importance of creating inclusive and safe spaces. Sandra shares her experiences working with diverse groups and the need to be mindful of cultural blind spots. They also discuss the significance of understanding participants' emotional states and the planning phase in shaping effective facilitation. Sandra emphasizes the importance of involving participants in the design process and the challenge of balancing structure and responsiveness.
In this post, Roselle takes us on a transformative journey from being a local leader in Manila to becoming a global facilitator navigating across cultures and virtual rooms. She chronicles the complexities of leading a diverse, global team through geographical, cultural, and digital transitions and delves into the pivotal role of "unintentional facilitation," the power of formal training, and the impact of leveraging tools like Liberating Structures and Mural. While embracing these tools, Roselle also explores the value of certification and mentorship, culminating in a shift from being merely a project manager to an empathetic mentor who prioritizes inclusivity and tangible outcomes. Whether you're a leader or an aspiring facilitator, Roselle's story serves as a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to redefine meeting culture and evolve in their leadership journey.
Facilitators bring people together in beneficial collaboration, serving as a neutral party guide toward a common goal. In today’s corporate environment, many professionals are faced with calendars full of meetings, workshops, retreats, forums, retrospectives, coaching sessions, and more, each of which can be made more effective when led by a skilled facilitator. With professional facilitators in high demand, read on to learn how to become a facilitator.