A facilitator helps groups of people to enable them to interact more effectively in a wide range of situations and occupations, including workplaces, organisational planning, leisure and health activities and community development. It is an emerging and exciting profession. This book is a toolkit for both new and experiences facilitators, managers, consultants, staff developers, innovators, social and community workers and students. It covers a broad range of practical and innovative techniques from around the world including: designing workshops; dealing with difficult situations; uses of music, storytelling, visual techniques and outdoor learning; processes for community participation and techniques for evaluation.
This book provides 21 sets of participatory ideas and activities for facilitators, trainers, teachers and anyone who organises and manages workshops, courses, classes or other events for sharing and learning, and in particular for people wishing to approach this in a lively and interactive fashion. The book is divided into six parts, part 1 begins with a brief overview of the basics, part 2 provides ideas for the beginning, middle and end of a participatory workshop, including ideas for getting started, energizers and ideas for evaluation, part 3 is entitled Messing Up and prepares even the most experienced facilitator for unforeseen eventualities, part 4 provides practical tips for group work, seating arrangements and coping with large numbers, part 5 covers analysis and learning and part 6, behaviour and awareness. There is also a section at the end providing source ideas for trainers and facilitators. This book is designed to make sharing, learning and teaching more participatory, enjoyable and effective, and can be used in a wide range of organisations, for an equally diverse range of reasons.