When I completed training the government leaders on Facilitation Skills last week, I was pleased with how this useful skill would open up the mindset of many people. After all, what we are looking at is the regulation and facilitation of ideas, thoughts and opinions. And everyone will somewhat have certain level of viewpoint. Even choosing to not have an opinion is also an opinion.
What matters most the essence of getting these ideas out of the person’s mind, conjured and packaged into something useful, practical and applicable. While these are always subjective, they still contribute somewhat to the progress. All it takes is a shift in paradigm.
Hence, the following crucial keys will prove useful whenever you facilitate ideas and thoughts with your group:
1. Never discount the value of an idea without first putting it to fair examination of worthiness.
2. Create the safe, encouraging environment for sharing.
3. Realize that an idea need not stand alone. It can be combined and rehashed with other ideas.
4. Set the ground rules of interaction and ensure that everybody is on the same page.
5. Just because there are critiques to the idea does not imply that the idea is not workable.