Principles of Facilitation

Make SOMETHING essential.

Be curious about everything, judge nothing.

When we feel judged we close down and stop learning, but when we’re being listened to and challenged with curiosity, we build trust and become open for transformation.

Human being first – role as a facilitator second.

As facilitators we want to establish and maintain a certain connection with the participants. In order to be successful in exactly this, we need to engage ourselves as human beings with strengths, quirks and weaknesses.

Have your voice as one of many.

As facilitators we want to use our power wisely and not impose ourselves on the one hand or withdraw into neutrality on the other. In our function we are neutral, as a person and group member we put our shoulder to the wheel.

Trust the process, trust in the potential of the group.

Facilitation is based on a fundamental belief in the resilience and capability of the individual and the group. By inquiry, disclosure, feedback, experimentation, dialogue and similar processes a facilitator’s most important task is often to get out of the way as much as possible, so that the inherent wisdom and potential of the learners can come out.

Take risks and accept failure.

Facilitation means acting in the moment, it’s constant improvisation and may require unusual and courageous choices. This means accepting that things might not turn out the way we intended them to. This kind of freedom opens the doors for creativity, inspiration and reflection.