A good friend of mine and I were reflecting about the importance of facilitation skills…

What’s up by Miluska Ojeda for COCOONERS N° 11

April 26, 2024
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a picture with two woman intent to facilitate a workshop; on to the portrait of Miluska

This article was first published in Cocooners N° 11

A good friend of mine and I were reflecting about the importance of facilitation skills, since at the end of the day, we all work with people and there will always be occasions when they will be necessary. So, I started to reflect about what I consider good facilitation and who I think good facilitators are.

When I think about good facilitation, I can recall some sensations like when I felt welcomed in the space of the session or when I felt not obliged to share something just because we “have to” and, most important, it was when I really felt heard when it was my moment to share, discuss and contribute for the same goal.

Feeling part of a whole and feeling listened to, are key aspects, I think. On the other hand, I don’t like when a workshop or a meeting seems to have already being decided and your participation feels pointless.

People like me could be a nightmare for some facilitators because I am, usually, one of the silent ones. Actually, my mind is very talkative and keeps wandering in thoughts, and this is why I prefer to properly synthesize and share them only if I assume they are important in some way.

That said, I think a good facilitator is used to this, and many other types of human approaches. Facilitating requires a clear comprehension of the goal to be achieved, a deep listening of the context, and the ability to reshape activities based on how the group is moving together.

When I think of a good facilitator, I see a person with a mix of knowledge, experience and soft skills. A person that can create a space where different people can join together and shape their next future.

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