Become Agile in Your Facilitation
- Agile facilitation is easy to incorporate into your content
- It allows the audience to connect and apply your content to their situation
- An Agile approach helps breakdown large chunks of information into more managed pieces
What does Agile facilitation even mean?
First, let’s talk about the term itself. Agile is the new focus for many organizations, no doubt a result of the COVID years. Agile methodology was initially used in software projects; however, it has made its way into less likely places. It refers to the ability to adjust development in a project with minimal risk and cost to the project. Instead of completing the entire project in a single line of progression, Agile encourages a reassessment after each stage of development before moving forward. That makes sense, right? Before you have a product designed and delivered, you want to take a peek to make sure it’s on the path to meeting your expectations.
But how does agile fit into corporate training facilitation? The answer is simple but requires you to be quick to respond and open to diverting from the planned content.
Agile in facilitation means you deliver chunks of information and allow your audience to sit with it. You ask probing questions like, how does that resonate with you? Or can anyone provide a scenario? The key is to build in these moments of awkward silence to allow your audience to absorb and process the information you provided.
What are the benefits of Agile facilitation?
Being able to connect the content with the audience is what every expert facilitator strives to do. Allowing time for the audience to sit with the content helps build that connection. Then they start down a path of how the content applies to them and how they can use it to better their situation.
3 ways to Incorporate Agile Facilitation in Your Content
- Start with warm-up exercises before each section. This can be a picture, a question, or a phrase, that allows the audience to start thinking in the direction you want to take them. Don’t forget to solicit thoughts before starting.
- Look for transition points. When one concept begins to build onto another, that’s when you want to insert a thought-provoking exercise.
- At the end of a section. This is s a great time to add a scenario and ask the audience to play it out.
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