changingminds.org

How we change what others think, feel, believe and do

| Menu | Quick | Books | Share | Search | Settings |

Facilitation

 

Techniques General persuasion > Ingratiation > Facilitation

Description | Example | Discussion | See also

 

Description

Help them do things for themselves by supporting their attempts to succeed.

Things you can do to facilitate them include:

  • Showing by doing, getting them to watch you do something so they will be able to do it next time.
  • Using Socratic questioning, asking them questions that gets them to think of the answer to a problem 'by themselves.'
  • Guiding them, telling them what to do each step of the way.
  • Providing resources and tools they can use in their own approach.
  • Giving them advice on how to achieve their goals.
  • Coaching them through difficult tasks.
  • Listening to their thoughts and guide their thinking towards more effective ideas.
  • Running meetings for them so they can focus on the task.
  • Helping them understand others (and help others understand them).
  • Putting them in contact with others who can help them.

Example

Yes, I can see you want to build there. Have you checked water availability? I know someone who can help with that.

Now I'm facilitating this meeting, which means I own the process but not the content. Here's the agenda and Mike, can you present you report first.

If you borrow my toolkit you'll probably find it easier.

Discussion

Facilitation can be a full-time job and, done, well, helps to make people and organizations more effective and efficient. Business facilitators mostly run meetings and workshops, but can also act as coaches, mediators and other supporting roles.

A reason facilitation can help is that many people are not that well organized and having someone help can be very valuable. Facilitators are not personal assistants as they largely help the person do things for themself rather than be an extra pair of hands, although sometimes this role may be taken on for a while.

Facilitation can be simple help or it can build their skills, a choice known as 'feeding them to teaching them to fish.' Which approach you use depends on your ability to do either, the time you have available (teaching often takes longer) and the style of motivation you seek. If you just help without teaching, you will keep them dependent with the opportunity to create more obligation to you in the future. If you teach them, then they may continue to be grateful and afford you the superior status of expert and teacher.

See also

Relationships

Site Menu

| Home | Top | Quick Links | Settings |

Main sections: | Disciplines | Techniques | Principles | Explanations | Theories |

Other sections: | Blog! | Quotes | Guest articles | Analysis | Books | Help |

More pages: | Contact | Caveat | About | Students | Webmasters | Awards | Guestbook | Feedback | Sitemap | Changes |

Settings: | Computer layout | Mobile layout | Small font | Medium font | Large font | Translate |

 

You can buy books here

More Kindle books:

And the big
paperback book


Look inside

 

Please help and share:

 

Quick links

Disciplines

* Argument
* Brand management
* Change Management
* Coaching
* Communication
* Counseling
* Game Design
* Human Resources
* Job-finding
* Leadership
* Marketing
* Politics
* Propaganda
* Rhetoric
* Negotiation
* Psychoanalysis
* Sales
* Sociology
* Storytelling
* Teaching
* Warfare
* Workplace design

Techniques

* Assertiveness
* Body language
* Change techniques
* Closing techniques
* Conditioning
* Conversation
* Confidence tricks
* Conversion
* Creative techniques
* General techniques
* Happiness
* Hypnotism
* Interrogation
* Language
* Listening
* Negotiation tactics
* Objection handling
* Propaganda
* Problem-solving
* Public speaking
* Questioning
* Using repetition
* Resisting persuasion
* Self-development
* Sequential requests
* Storytelling
* Stress Management
* Tipping
* Using humor
* Willpower

Principles

* Principles

Explanations

* Behaviors
* Beliefs
* Brain stuff
* Conditioning
* Coping Mechanisms
* Critical Theory
* Culture
* Decisions
* Emotions
* Evolution
* Gender
* Games
* Groups
* Habit
* Identity
* Learning
* Meaning
* Memory
* Motivation
* Models
* Needs
* Personality
* Power
* Preferences
* Research
* Relationships
* SIFT Model
* Social Research
* Stress
* Trust
* Values

Theories

* Alphabetic list
* Theory types

And

About
Guest Articles
Blog!
Books
Changes
Contact
Guestbook
Quotes
Students
Webmasters

 

| Home | Top | Menu | Quick Links |

© Changing Works 2002-
Massive Content — Maximum Speed