Twenty Group Facilitation Skills for Student Leaders
Jeff E. Brooks-Harris & Kevin G. Shollenberger

University of Hawai`i at Manoa

ENGAGING FACILITATION SKILLS

Demonstrating Leadership - letting the group know who's in charge
Creating an Open Environment
- inviting people to be a part of the group
Encouraging Connections
- helping people get acquainted and connected
Building Group Rapport
- facilitating a sense of teamwork and unity
Defining Group Identity
- establishing the group purpose and personality

INFORMING FACILITATION SKILLS

Providing Information - presenting facts, resources, knowledge, theories, or data
Soliciting Information
- asking questions, surveying ideas, or gathering data
Clarifying Ideas or Concepts
- making sure everyone is on the same wavelength
Conceptualizing
- using new knowledge to better understand the group
Learning from Within the Group
- gathering information about the group itself

INVOLVING FACILITATION SKILLS

Inviting Participation and Interaction - prompting action, contact, and dialogue
Bouncing Back to the Group
- shifting focus away from the leader
Recognizing Commonalities & Promoting Consensus
- finding common ground
Supporting Cooperation & Group Cohesion
- fostering group unity
Experimenting with New Behavior
- encouraging members to try new things

PLANNING FACILITATION SKILLS

Brainstorming - identifying multiple possibilities
Generalizing
- taking experience from one area and trying it in another
Strategizing
- determining the best way to approach an issue
Applying
- putting knowledge into action or taking learning with you
Making Specific Plans
- creating an action plan

Copyright 1998 Jeff E. Brooks-Harris & Kevin G. Shollenberger. Permission is granted to copy and use this handout provided this copyright notice remains intact.


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