Facilitation is more than just a “soft skill” nice for leaders to have, but rather a core competency essential for achieving results in groups. From planning the meeting to engaging participants and managing problem behaviors these skills will make the teams you lead more productive and effective, and better stewards of peoples most importance resource-their time.
Coming in 2018 K-State Research and Extension will roll out a Master Community Facilitator Curriculum and training targeted to community teams of volunteers and designed to be led by a K-State Research and Extension Local Unit Agent. The concept of the flipped classroom will be used for the training in that participants learn at home and then come together to practice their newly acquired skills before going out into the “real world”.
Working with the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, K-State Research and Extension provides additional training in facilitation.