Group facilitation is an art and a skill, a science and an intuition. Anyone can become better at facilitation through attention and practice. Facilitate means “to make easy,” and the more people in a group who have facilitation and other process skills, the more easily the meetings will tend to run.
Dr Scholtz has specialist training and a deep understanding of group facilitation and dynamics.
In the most successful groups, all members take responsibility for co-creating a good meeting, bringing facilitation skills forward, even when they are not in the official role of facilitator. Not all meetings require decisions or actions as the outcome. In some cases, exploratory dialogue is the goal. This method is simply geared to run your regular meetings in a way that is inclusive, respectful, democratic, and effective—how to welcome everyone’s input and still stay on task.
Group dynamics and motivations can vary on many levels, and participants will learn how to guide the group to a level of cohesion, so that participants engage with shared objectives and solutions, rather than individual motivations. They will use role-plays to practice engaging people in dialogue, feedback, and testing for consensus and understanding.