Alberta Business Family Institute (ABFI)

Facilitation Techniques

Group Facilitation Techniques - A Few Ideas to Get You Started

In today's fast-paced economy, it is often difficult to set aside time for workshops, management retreats and strategic planning sessions. In a family-owned business, however, effective communication and a focused exchange of ideas are vital to maintaining healthy relationships and smooth operations.

Planning, collaboration and consensus-building in a family enterprise are best achieved through group discussions. A strong leader with proven group facilitation techniques can maximize team performance and inspire goal-oriented results.

Workshop Facilitation vs. Group Facilitation

If your role is to be a group facilitator who guides discussions and outcomes, refrain from offering your own opinions; remain in the role of arbitrator. If, however, the intent is to have you provide expertise and education, as in workshop facilitation in your area of expertise, by all means, educate and inform; then allow participants to apply that knowledge in their discussions.

Group Facilitation Techniques and Advice to Add to Your Repertoire

Are you looking for new group facilitation techniques and examples to supplement your current skills and knowledge?

Do you employ any of these creative discussion techniques?

  • Buzz groups: small groups discuss topic then one reports a summary
  • Brainstorming, round table: write down responses, then discuss ideas in turn
  • Debates, fish bowl discussions: small group discusses topic, other group listens without providing input, then second group responds
No one wants to ask a question or respond to one of your questions? Stimulate a discussion by having everyone quickly write down their thoughts and pass it to another person. Continue a few more rounds of passing, then have a few participants read another participant's question.

The Alberta Business Family Institute can provide many more group facilitation techniques and strategies. Contact us today to find out how we can be of assistance!