Thursday 04th June 08:57

MTL Motivators: Facilitation Skills

In the MTL "Facilitation Skills" Motivator, you'll find the best quotes ever written about the art of facilitation. Read what Richard Moss says is the greatest gift you can give someone else; where the I Ching says the wise facilitator's ability comes from; what John Holt says is the true test of character; how Kenneth Wells defines a good listener; and what Erving and Miriam Polster say is the result of making people do what you want. There are 100 slides in this collection. Read them once and you'll want to go through them again and again. These gems are great for sharing with friends in the workplace, on websites, and in your own learning. If you're a trainer or coach, take a look below at an original way to use these materials on your courses.

"Facilitation Skills" Motivators: Our Personal Favourites

Here is our selection of our personal favourites from the "Facilitation Skills" Motivators. These quotes are also perfect for the end-of-course training exercise that we give below.

1. "A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is also a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken!" (Bonnie Edelstein)

2. "The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players." (Blaine Lee)

3. "If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you'll abort it if you do. Be patient and you'll give birth to it when the time is right.  Learn to wait." (Robert Heinlein)

4. "When I give up trying to impress the group, I become very impressive. Let go in order to achieve. The wise facilitator speaks rarely and briefly, teaching more through being than doing." (The Tao Te Ching)

5. "There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish." (Warren Bennis)

Use Your "Facilitation Skills" Quotes in "I Know a Skill"

How you use this collection of "Facilitation Skills" Motivators is up to you. But, if you're an instructor or trainer, you'll find that, with a bit of imagination, you can turn them into a great end-of-course exercise such as "I Know a Skill". To play this game, you need to split everyone into teams of two or three. You then need to identify a list of skills related to your programme. In "Facilitation Skills", these skills could include listening; facilitating problems in a group; facilitating work reviews; and using boomerang questions. Now allocate one skill to each team and tell them that their task is to work out 3 interesting ways to present their skill to you and the rest of the group. These can include showing the skill as a picture or video; demonstrating the skill in a short role play; listing the key points of the skill in a sequence of numbered steps; collecting tips from other people on how they perform the skill; and putting a relevant quote on a flipchart. This game will give everyone on your course a lot of fun as they present their skills as well as a chance to remember some great quotes.

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