The facilitator’s job is to support attendees to apply best thinking and practice to the subject. The facilitator encourages full participation from all whilst promoting a shared team responsibility. By challenging and supporting everyone to apply their best thinking, a facilitator enables group members to search for inclusive solutions and build sustainable agreements on the subject at hand.
We have a team of professionally proficient facilitators with experience facilitating in a range of formats including; workshops, meetings, planning sessions, team brainstorming, strategy meetings and training programs.
The facilitator is a guide for the group whose job is providing leadership without taking the reins. Essentially a facilitator’s job is to get others to assume responsibility and take the lead. A good facilitator will be talking for 20% of the time and listening for the other 80%.
The Role of Facilitators
- To be a guide – provide a road map and detail tools and activities that enable participants to understand their task, engage with each other and help the group come to their conclusions.
- Assign duties within the group. E.g. reporting, recording, etc.,
- To manage the group dynamics: ensuring all participants are able to fully participate and be heard.
- To manage the environment: ensuring the team understand the tools and techniques to allow them to consider a range of information, identify options, measure benefits and choices between options.
- To be responsive: Able to flexibly adapt to the group’s needs throughout the workshop.
- To keep the workshop on schedule: ensuring time is adequately utilised for each avenue of the session.
- Reporting: ensure all decisions, tasks, and future steps are documented. Restate the key outcomes verbally as an accomplishment for the group.
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The right keynote speaker adds something special to your event. They take your message, repackage it and deliver it back to your people with an unmatched power and vigour.
A Keynote Speaker will capture the essence of your conference and be able to highlight it to your audience in a short period of time ensuring all participants are left with the conferences’ underlying tone and core message.
A great motivational speaker will leave you with some wisdom that you can take away and use for the rest of your life, they should inspire you to be more creative and to communicate better, as well as making you look inside yourself and teach and encourage you to become a better leader, whilst also giving the message that you should have some fun at work and in life.
It is the job of the keynote speaker to lead the audience where they’ve not been before. Each speaker’s ability to do this is very individual, and may involve anything from a startling, rousing oratory to a simple story told with profound meaning.
A keynote speaker sets the tone and summarizes the core theme of an event. For a speaker who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience, these attributes are the key to a successful Keynote Speaker.
- Charisma – Must be instantly likeable, powerful and leave a lasting impression on the audience.
- Confidence – Must appear credible, believable and likeable to the audience so the message sticks.
- Personalisation – Must be able to tailor their own unique story/s to ensure the overall conference message and themes are met whilst also inspiring the audience into action.
- Originality – Must make the experience original to the audience using personal experience, humour and wit to trigger an emotional response from the audience.
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Master of Ceremonies
Every conference will benefit from the services of a professional conference MC. A great Master of Ceremonies makes the difference between the success and failure of your event. A great professional conference MC adds an extra asset to your team. He or she can be involved in the development of your program using their experience which can be used to help you shape your program for optimum effect.
Your MC is the linchpin in the running of your conference. They will provide a consistent standard in the introduction and presentation of speakers, ensure time schedules are adhered to, ensure sponsors are adequately recognised and maintain the audience are engaged.
A great Master of Ceremonies is in control of ensuring the conference objectives are met whilst not being the main attraction.
Your MC becomes the public face of your conference and elevates it from just a conference to a professionally run event with purpose.
The role of Master of Ceremonies
- Welcome people, explain any housekeeping and more importantly establish ground rules.
- Introduce speakers adding humour and observations.
- Interpret and clarify speakers’ comments made that might not be clear to audience.
- Ensure audience engagement is kept as attention spans wander.
- Extract contributions from the audience and the speakers.
- Ensure speakers start & finish on time.
- Fill-in time when speakers are faster than the planned timetable.
- Manage audience involvement in various ways.
- Ensure any discussion topics stay on track and in the direction of interesting.
- Make sure the Conference overall message is constantly being referred to.
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Training is essentially transferring knowledge from one individual to another, or a group.
There is a very strong focus on the trainer being a subject matter expert with the expectation being that the trainer has extensive experience or knowledge in the subject that is being delivered in the training session. It is expected that the participants in the training session learn from the trainer – which is the knowledge transfer we are trying to achieve.
The way this can happen is flexible, with good training not simply being a speaker standing at the front of the room and delivering a lecture to the room. Training also involves discussion, practical demonstrations, case studies, and other forms of interaction that will help provide an effective training experience.
The relationship between the trainer and course attendees is highly transactional and usually delivered over a short time frame. essentially looking like a ‘Teacher and pupil’ scenario. It is the trainer’s responsibility to impart skills and it is then up to the learner to go and apply the skill or behaviour that has been learnt.
A trainer is used in a class/workshop environment. They will lead participants on a content driven learning process with the trainer’s intention to teach and develop participants new skills and capacities whilst also refreshing old skills.
Training is very formal, should have well-defined learning objectives, and is often relatively brief in time frame compared to coaching or mentoring. A good trainer talks 50% of the time and listens for the other 50%.
The outcome from training is to have an increased skill set, increased confidence in using those skills without necessarily looking at a definitive plan of how and when to use those skills.
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Coaching is about enhancing knowledge (or skills), in other words —development
Coaching is the development of an individual under the guidance of another individual. It is usually focussed in a general direction with the aim for the individual to develop deeper levels of understanding and skill. With guidance the individual sets the limits and boundaries of what they want coaching to achieve and is usually best used to develop the individual from a personal perspective.
Coaching is usually one-on-one and mostly unstructured, conversational and development focused.
A coach will work with the participant to understand how to apply particular skills better, or where and when to apply skills and also discover where there might be obstacles to using the skills. Over several sessions the Coach will achieve this by exploring ideas, options and opportunities that have been identified. The participant can then apply these approaches in the relevant situations to achieve results.
The person being coached will have a specific goal to achieve. It can be long, medium or short term; however, it will be specific. The coach is there to help that person achieve their goal. A Coach works with you to discover and cultivate your purpose.
A good coach will identify an awareness of your behaviours and impact providing increased options to further development and growth. with the coach’s emphasis being on developing existing skills, developing confidence and a having a longer-term focus.
When talking about Business Coaching, either for an individual or group, the coach helps with solutions as to how an individual can run their team or business more successfully.
A good coach will: Ask lots of questions, mostly observe and then intervene at key moments to help an individual choose a specific path of action, and provide constant reminders to help an individual keep on track with the specific goals that have been laid down.
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