At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done - then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911

“Char Kinder can make a meeting sing.  Her facilitation makes even the most difficult meetings fun and productive.”

Emily Schultheiss, President,
Thriving Systems

In its simplest form, facilitation is the process of making something less difficult or helping to move an action or process forward.  Therefore, facilitation is another path to discovery.  Often the answers a group of individuals are looking for are already there - the facilitator helps the group discover those answers and move toward an outcome.

Not at all! Discovery Works believes facilitation is getting the best results possible for the participants in the most efficient way, which requires experienced facilitators and a proven facilitation process.

Facilitation can:

  • provide a new perspective
  • help a team work together more effectively
  • keep participants engaged
  • ensure everyone has a voice
  • enable decision-making
  • create actions and accountability
  • provide a creative environment

Discovery Works has experience working with all sizes and types of groups in a variety of settings, and has developed a facilitation process and toolkit that can be adapted to meet various objectives.  We have successfully facilitated executive retreats, team building sessions, process redesigns, creative problem-solving sessions, story-boarding, and work planning sessions.

Our process includes:

    Planning - meeting key people to gain an understanding of your meeting objectives, desired outcomes, background information, and potential obstacles.

    Designing - creating a draft design of the meeting flow, agenda, seating arrangements, exercises, and timing.

    Advising - advising on pre-meeting communications, prework, materials requirements, and meeting/event plans.

    Facilitating - conducting the actual event using the design, tools, and techniques needed to work toward a positive outcome.

    Action planning - advising on meeting/event follow-up, distributing notes and action plans, creating follow-up agendas, and acting on meeting evaluations.

Discovery Works offers facilitation skills training for individuals and groups.  This training includes instruction on facilitation techniques, tools, and behaviors. In addition, the training requires participants to demonstrate their competence by facilitating a group.  This demonstration will be observed by a Discovery Works facilitator, who will then provide the student with comments and development suggestions.

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