Recommended ReadsAugust 17th, 2021

Developing a ‘facilitator’s mindset’

Leah Baxter
Leah Baxter, Senior Experience Designer

Over the past year, I’ve become a lot more aware of how much time we usually spend in groups – work, family, community, recreationally – and from this, just how huge the transformative potential of co-operation is.

A facilitator’s mindset, self-awareness and the skills to understand what’s going on in a group and happening between people is beneficial in so many situations. Being able to foster a sense of belonging and achieve ‘groupness’ – where everyone can feel safe to show up as they are and contribute fully – means we can all achieve greater outcomes, together.

I’ve joined a cohort of 33 facilitators from around Australasia on a nine-month learning journey with the Groupwork Centre, to understand how to harness the power of groups. Facilitators facilitating facilitators – it’s facilitation on hyper drive!

Their website includes a tonne of free content to help you work better in and with groups, such as ‘The top 5 things that go wrong in meetings, and how to fix them’ and this overview of the different skills and tasks involved in good facilitation.


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