Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Facilitation Skills Workshop by Shoshana Faire

On 28 April, right after the Tools for Change 2013 Conference, a number of us who had shown interest, had the great pleasure of attending a workshop on facilitation skills conducted by Shoshana Faire at Dignity International in Petaling Jaya. Shoshana who hails from Australia, has long been associated with Initiatives of Change, has her own training and consulting company and described her passion to be mediating and facilitating especially in conflict situations. An experienced facilitator, we were both grateful and fortunate to have this one day workshop that she graciously obliged to have with us.

In this workshop, she shared with us skills and tips that would make the participants feel at ease and get the content across in a relaxed yet effective manner. She covered the fundamentals from the type of marker and way of writing on the board so that it’s clear and visible, to how to begin a session, be it with an ice-breaker or a simple question, to getting us think of what we appreciate or what we have seen that makes an effective training or facilitation to how to handle those butterflies in the stomach through some simple centring techniques.

The workshop was attended by participants with different facilitation needs from facilitating meetings, to conducting presentations and trainings, with different experience levels, yet all of us gained some useful and worthy takeaways from the session. Shoshana’s natural flair in conducting the session and style of getting us to think and posing questions with minimal lecture, engaged us and increased our participation. Thus a number of us I dare say got plenty in ways to facilitate a workshop just by wearing an observing hat in how this workshop was conducted.

By Soumya