Group Facilitation Skills Check-up
Jeff E. Brooks-Harris & Kevin G. Shollenberger

University of Hawai`i at Manoa

For each of the following groups of skills and individual skills, please rate yourself on the following scale:

A - I'm using this skill with comfort and success
B
- I'm using this skill but not as smoothly as I would like
C
- I'm not using this skill as much as I would like

____ 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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