The definition for the word facilitation comes up as “the action of facilitating something.”
To understand what it means to “facilitate” we need to go to this definition: :make (an action or process) easy or easier.”
A facilitator makes the process of team members working together, meeting together and making decisions together easier by being a communication guide and leader.
Examples where facilitators can guide include:
- Virtual meetings
- In-person meeting
- Hybrid meetings
- In-person training
- Virtual training
- Project planning
- Conflict Resolution
- Project Management
Facilitation is a great, often first step in someone’s leadership journey.
If you are ready to explore facilitation as a skill you want to master, or improve upon, read on as we are sharing five resources if you wish to become a skilled facilitator.
1. The Art & Science of Facilitation
For anyone ready to lead with self-awareness and group insight, this book is designed to help you navigate group dynamics so that your team can work more efficiently and effectively in a truly collaborative environment.
Published in 2021, this book is your guide to moving your team further forward using the groundbreaking Five Guiding Principles of the Facilitation Stance. Whether you are new to the concept of facilitation, or have experience leading meetings, this book is for you!
2. Facilitation Planning Toolkit
For those facilitators who want to uplevel their planning skills, TeamCatapult has put together The Facilitation Planning Toolkit, a resource to help plan out meetings.
- The Planning Canvas
- The Design Canvas for Meeting Agenda
- The Agenda Item Design Canvas
- The Facilitator’s Guide
Having the toolkit from this free download is a great adjunct to the mindset we focus upon in all our workshops .
3. TeamCatapult Website and Blog
Another great resource we want to share with you, is our website and blog.
You may have noticed that we recently updated our website.
As a tool for you, as a guide for your leadership journey, we developed the Journey pages where, based on your role, and your level of competency, you’ll have quick access to the resources that will support your journey…or fuel a refresher that we often need.
Choose from Facilitator/Scrum Master, Agile Coaches, or Leaders/Executive paths and we drill down to 3 levels:
- Getting Started
In addition, we have a robust collection of facilitation blogs we want to draw your attention to:
- How to Create Purposeful, Intentional Space for Effective Team Collaboration
- How to Reignite Your Team Meetings for Success
- 3 Actionable Tips To Plan and Prepare For Your Next Team Meeting
- The Five Cornerstones of the Agile Team Facilitation Stance Explained
- 3 Great Ways to Maintain Neutrality in Meetings as the Facilitator
- The Best Ways to Facilitate Collaborative Conversation With Your Team
- How to Facilitate Meetings Like A Pro – and Get Results (Part 1)
- How to Lead Engaging and Productive Meetings (Part 2)
4. Facilitator Self Assessment
Next, we invite you to take the Facilitation Skills Self-Assessment!
Are you ready to support your team with powerful and effective facilitation skills?
Find out with the Art & Science of Facilitation Skills Self-Assessment – and start your journey to mastery today.
5. Facilitation Workshops
Last but not least, we offer a variety of virtual workshops for those on their journey to facilitation mastery.
They are offered throughout the year, please take a look at the workshop calendar to find your preferred workshop and dates.
Facilitation workshop offered include:
Your Leadership Journey Starts with Facilitation!
We invite you to learn more about facilitation by checking out any of the resources mentioned above.
We wish you all the best on your journey to becoming a master facilitator, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about any of the resources!