Effective congregational leaders need facilitation skills to build a team, lead meetings, guide decision-making and handle differences of opinion. A skilled meeting facilitator makes the difference between boring, non-productive meetings and those that can be energizing and fulfilling for participants.
Facilitation: Your Pocket Guide to Facilitation at a Glance is a wonderful little resource for beginning facilitators and those with extensive experience. Two aspects of the title are descriptive of the book. It is indeed pocket size – 4” x 6” – and the comprehensive content and organization make the information truly accessible “at a glance.” The early chapters set the stage by defining facilitation and explaining who can facilitate. There are chapters on relating to meeting participants, effective decision-making and facilitating conflict. In addition to addressing meeting management, the guide includes a meeting design template. An especially helpful reference is the chapter on process tools for facilitation. Here 18 different group process models are described in a concise and consistent manner.
Each process is explained:
- What is it?
- When should you use it?
- What is the outcome?
- Plus detailed steps for implementing the method.
The book, available in both a spiral bound and paperback format, is an indispensable resource for any facilitator. The 3rd edition, published in 2012, is the most recent one.
Check it out at http://www.amazon.com/Facilitation-Glance-Spiral-bound-GOALQPC-MacCausland/dp/B00FFHV57U/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1436190988&sr=8-3&keywords=facilitation+your+pocket+guide+to+facilitation+at+a+glance.