Is Co-Facilitation right for your Clients and Programs?
Co-facilitation is when a seminar or program is led by one or more facilitators. It offers many advantages to both participants and facilitators, especially when training takes place over several days. You can leverage the strength of styles, presentation and facilitation energies, and co-facilitation can be equally powerful in a room or on the telephone. While there is greater strength, flexibility and fun in co-facilitation there are also many useful tips to optimize this way of working with colleagues and groups.
If you’re thinking about co-facilitation, but you’re not sure how or why this may apply to you? When you present to a group, are you a one-person show or do you team up with other facilitators? Have you ever thought about working with others? How would it change or improve your offerings?
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Here are some of the advantages to team-training:
Advantages for Facilitators:
- When you use co-facilitation, you have an opportunity to see a peer in action. Each of us has our own unique style and way of presenting material. Watching (or listening to) a peer present can actually help you to improve your own skills and provide you with some alternative ways to address course content.
- Leading a group through a long session can be exhausting. When you work in a team, each facilitator gets a chance to take a break from being “on-stage.”
- When you partner with someone you trust you can ask for feedback and suggestions on your presentation. Peer feedback is a great way to see yourself as your participants see you.
Advantages for Participants:
- Co-facilitators can keep the group interested and the material fresh by presenting alternate segments of the course.
- Participants enjoy experiencing more than one style and personality during the session, and it gives them an opportunity to learn from several instructors.
- In large groups, or with highly technical training, multiple facilitators can provide more personalized instruction for participants than a single facilitator could provide.
What Is the Next Step To Learning Co-Facilitation?
Odyssey Leadership specializes in Facilitation Skills Training. Contact Brenda for additional information, and for a collaborative conversation on co-facilitation tips and techniques to power up your programs! For a full selection of our Facilitation Programs, please visit the Programs page.