Fraud Blocker
Next Cohort Deadline Sept 6th Apply Today
Next Cohort Deadline Sept 6th Apply Today
post image
Facilitation Skills | July 17, 2024

Discover the transformative power of silence in facilitation with our latest blog post, "A Quiet Place: Embracing Silence." Inspired by the film series A Quiet Place, we explore the profound impact of intentional silence on team dynamics and psychological safety. Silence isn't just the absence of sound; it's a powerful tool for contemplation, inclusivity, and creativity. Learn how facilitators can use silence to enhance meeting effectiveness, support neurodivergent participants, and accommodate cultural differences. We share insights from experts like Gordana Latinovic-Rauski, Sara Huang, and Reshma Khan, highlighting the benefits of incorporating purposeful pauses. Understand how silence, when framed and executed with intention, can create an equitable environment where all voices are heard. Whether you're a seasoned facilitator or new to the practice, our blog offers practical tips for integrating silence into your sessions, fostering a space for reflection and innovation. Embrace the quiet and transform your facilitation practice today. Explore more in our Certification Program, designed to equip you with essential skills for leading impactful meetings.

post image
Alumni Stories | July 12, 2024

Tony Toto's blog post chronicles his remarkable journey as a professional facilitator. With over a decade of experience, Tony has guided hundreds of groups through team-building adventures and experiential learning. Despite facing personal and health challenges, he found new opportunities in workshop facilitation and discovered the Voltage Control certification program. Tony's story highlights the importance of adaptability, continuous learning, and community support in facilitation. Dive into his inspiring journey and learn valuable insights into the world of facilitation. Read more now!

post image
Facilitation | July 10, 2024

Struggling to regain attention after breakout sessions? In this blog post, discover effective techniques from both professional facilitators and kindergarten teachers. Learn why managing attention transitions is essential for productive workshops and explore methods such as hand signals, sound cues, and call-and-response phrases. Incorporate visual signals, countdowns, interactive engagement, and movement-based techniques to maintain focus. Draw inspiration from kindergarten techniques like songs, rhymes, and “magic words.” Choose the right method for your style, introduce it early, and ensure consistency. Enhance your facilitation skills and keep your sessions running smoothly with these practical strategies.

post image

Effective communication is crucial for successful facilitation, whether leading workshops, team meetings, or community groups. This article explores strategies to enhance communication skills and foster an inclusive, engaging environment. Key strategies include active listening—focusing on the speaker, reflecting, and showing empathy; clear and concise messaging—using simple language, staying on topic, and employing visual aids; encouraging open dialogue—asking open-ended questions, creating a safe space, and valuing all contributions; and utilizing non-verbal communication—maintaining eye contact, using gestures, and adopting an open posture. These techniques help build rapport, manage group dynamics, provide constructive feedback, adapt to different communication styles, leverage technology, and incorporate storytelling, leading to higher engagement, satisfaction, and better outcomes. Practical tips for facilitators include preparing by knowing the audience, setting clear objectives, planning interactive activities, being flexible during sessions, monitoring energy levels, using breaks wisely, gathering feedback, reflecting on performance, and following up post-session.

post image

At this year's Facilitation Lab Summit, Erik Skogsberg and Dirk Van Onsem delivered a thought-provoking workshop titled "Facilitating Change Through Systems Mapping." The session was designed to help participants understand and leverage the power of systems thinking to drive change within their organizations.

post image
Facilitation | July 1, 2024

Facilitators play a crucial yet often unseen role in team dynamics. This blog post explores the vital impact facilitators have on team health, productivity, and growth. Comparing the effect of a facilitator to the temperature of a room, it highlights the balance facilitators must strike between guiding discussions and remaining unobtrusive. The post references Priya Parker's views on hosting and emphasizes "invisible involvement" in facilitation. Insights from Voltage Control alumni underscore the long-term benefits of skilled facilitation in fostering innovation and empathy. Learn practical techniques to refine your facilitation skills and create environments where ideas flourish.