No matter what type of facilitation training you do, preparation is the key. How to prep for workshops, requirement refinement, meetings, retrospectives etc.
The best preparation is to come up with a vision for the workshop. I have a simple 5 step model for training, I call it AIDED. The model highlights preparation; it’s not about how to run the workshop. Good workshops run themselves, but a great seminar needs organisation.
The model ensures that as a facilitator you are prepared and have visualised the results. No big deal if it doesn’t work out as planned but you can get the ball rolling and keep it moving if things get stuck. It’s also about the journey to becoming a fantastic facilitator. There are many layers to AIDED that you need to build-on with experience.
So when you are dropped in it and asked to facilitate, we have the model to calm the nerves and get working on it.
A: Ask. The questions to ask
I: Interaction. The type of interaction you are looking for in the workshop.
D: Discussion. What kind of discussion format do you expect?
E: Evaluation. What type of evaluation are you expecting?
D: Decision or outcome that you want to achieve.