National Center for Farmworker Health

Group Facilitation: Tools to Organize and Execute Effective Meetings

Program Overview

Is your management team trapped in the vicious cycle of multiple meetings with little action? If the answer is yes, then it may be time to establish effective leadership and management teams. Through the development of these teams, your organization will be able to produce efficient, measurable, and deliverable results. This training will teach participants methods and techniques to lead successful participatory meetings, which produce clear deliverables. Through the interactive demonstration of a variety of group facilitation methods, participants will gain skills to facilitate small groups, lead and manage effective meetings, and develop results-driven action plans.

Program Objectives

This training will serve to:

  • Identify and discuss the basic elements and characteristics of effective facilitation.
  • Define and demonstrate the key methods and techniques for optimal meeting results.
  • Develop strategies for working within different situations.

Program Highlights

Tools for Performance

This section begins by providing participants with an overview of the essential characteristics of an effective and productive facilitator. Participants will be invited to explore and role play these characteristics and apply them in a group setting. Trainers will also demonstrate the key group facilitation methods to include: the focused conversation method, root cause analysis, guided problem solving and the project planning method.

Working in Different Situations and Managing Difficult Behavior

This portion outlines and provides suggestions and solutions for resolving and diffusing difficult situations. Trainers will assist and guide participants through identifying problem areas and discuss alternative options.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Now that we have acquired our "facilitation tools", how will we apply our knowledge to our organization? This portion of training leads participants through the development of specific action plans tailored for organizational needs. Action plans are used to produce results and increase success among management and leadership teams. With the action plan in place, participants will be able to adjust and amend their action plans to serve other needs within their organizations.