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Facilitating difficult people in a supermarket!

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It is 5 minutes to 8, just before closing the supermarket. Four people are queing. All of them are in a hurry and actually not willing to wait. Some of them do not behave properly. The casher is playing the role of facilitator. There are different options to deal with the difficult clients: 1. The exit option, 2. Make the group responsible or 3. Judo, make a difficult person responsible. This was the setting of a role play, while generating ideas on the question: "What are the key competencies of an effective facilitator?"

It was part of the practise of the training 'Basic Facilitation methods' and 'How to work with the KOLB learning cycle' on 27, 28 and 29th September, 2010 which was facilitated by Simon Koolwijk. Professionals working with ICCOenKerkinActie, Togetthere, Mensen met een Missie and the Theatre Embassy participated in this training.


During the training participants got acquainted with the Technology of Participation methods. These are basic fac…

Creative facilitation in overcoming a lunch dip!

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Imagine your organisation is searching for an effective facilitator, who can facilitate and deal with learning and change processes in your organisation. Three practising facilitators of ICCOenKerkinActie guided their colleague participants in identifying the key competencies of an effective facilitator. Challenged by a task, participants were asked to interview some of their colleagues outside the training room. After 30 minutes the competencies of an effective facilitator were presented and shared.

This session provided us some space to move and get outside the training room, expressed one of the participants. The whole session was composed of a diversity of creative methods; the bloopers, statue theatre, interviewing outsiders and a smily evaluation. Creative methods are very helpful in overcoming a lunch dip. It is energizing!
The creative sessions were part of the training Basic Facilitation Methods, which was held on 20 - 21 September, 2010 at ICCOenKerkinActie. ICCOenKerkinActi…

Similarities between an animal and a facilitator?

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How to come from an animal to the competencies of a facilitator? This question was answered by a group of 8 staff working with ICCOenKerkinActie, a Dutch development organisation which has one of its aims to contribute towards the Millenium Development Goals. The staff members participated in a two day training (6th - 7th September 2010) on learning and practising basic facilitation skills led by Simon Koolwijk.
A team of three facilitators practised this creative workshop with the key question: "What are the competencies of an effective facilitator?" Inspired by the book Creativiteit Hoe? Zo! (Author Igor Bytebier) the 5 other colleagues were asked to draw an animal which symbolizes an effective facilitator. An owl, lama, elephante, octopus and eagle were some of the inspiring animals which were shared. After that the participants were invited to associate words, through the brainwriting technique which reflected the 'ideal' of an effective and competent facilitator