|Engagement Strategies: The Secrets to Engagement|
Most facilitators are equipped with three or four techniques they routinely use to keep a group engaged. Some like brain-storming, others prefer small group break-out, still others mix it up alternating between open group discussion and structured round-robins. But are there other techniques? And what do you do if you are going to be with the same group for seven half-day sessions? In this workshop, the author of The Secrets of Facilitation will demonstrate over a dozen engagement strategies for taking a group through a process, including: brief encounters, dump and clump, rotating flip charts, forced analogies and last person standing. You will also have the opportunity to bring and share your best techniques for keeping groups engaged. Don’t miss this opportunity to load up your tool box!
Why This Session?
As a result of this session, you will have three key results:
The four agenda items that follow describe how you will walk away equipped with additional tools for engaging groups.
You will be immediately engaged right from the opening: starting with examples that the instructor provides of engagement strategies, you and the other participants will work in small groups to identify approaches you have used to increase engagement in facilitated sessions. During this time, your group will identify at least one of the techniques you will want to hear more about later.
B. Principles of Engagement
The facilitator will build a foundation for discussing engagement by reviewing key principles of successful engagement and providing an engagement framework that defines various functions of engagement and demonstrates how to vary an engagement strategy by changing the process grouping and the process order. In addition, the facilitator will provide a strategy for effectively delivering directions.
C. Engagement Strategies
During this segment you will review 20 engagement strategies and see the facilitator demonstrate those strategies selected by the group. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to share their favorite engagement strategies.
The twenty engagement strategies are listed below.
Note: Depending upon the needs of the group, participants may have an opportunity to practice one or more of the engagement strategies on a sample scenario!
D. Action Planning
The workshop will close with a question/answer session, followed by you identify your jewels from the workshop and creating an action plan for incorporating one or more of the engagement strategies in your work.
About the Facilitator – Michael Wilkinson, CPF, CMF
Mr. Wilkinson is the Managing Director of Leadership Strategies, Inc. – The Facilitation Company, the largest provider of professional facilitators and facilitation training in the U.S. He is author of The Secrets of Facilitation, The Secrets to Masterful Meetings, and The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy. He is a board member of the International Institute for Facilitation, founder of the National Facilitator Database, and holds both the Certified Master Facilitator and Certified Professional Facilitator designations. Mr. Wilkinson is a much sought after facilitator, trainer and speaker, both in the U.S. and around the globe, having completed international assignments in Bangkok, Brisbane, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Melbourne, Milan, the Netherlands, Oxford, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sydney and Wellington. Past participants have commented that his dynamic presentation style, combined with his unique insights, make for an intense, power-packed session.
Each attendee receives a copy of The Secrets of Facilitation (a retail value of $45.00 (USD)).