To be an excellent facilitator, its important to practice framing and sequencing. These terms are important for anyone who leads activities, because they should be applied in nearly every activity we facilitate.
Facilitators introduce the purpose, or frame, the group they’re leading. Framing happens when a facilitator sets a simple prompt that lets participants know there is a purpose to the group. Framing relieves participants of the question “Why are we doing this?” by bringing them to their own conclusions about the purpose and potential outcomes of an activity.
An important consideration is the order in which you present groups, or sequencing. If a group has never learned together, it might be important to follow the sequences laid out beforehand. If they spend time together a lot, following the formal sequence isn’t always necessary. If a group is more comfortable with each other, try bursting the bubble by digging right into deeper group times. It is important to try to put “heavy” activities after less intensive ones, to build a sense of rest and preparedness.
Once you’ve framed and sequenced an activity, be transparent and help participants see why, how and what they are doing with your activity. Then work towards that goal and be an excellent facilitator! Read on to learn more.
Read The “Excellent Facilitation” Series!
- Be An Excellent Facilitator: Before You Start
- Excellent Facilitation: Be a Facilitator
- Excellent Facilitation: Embrace the Journey
- Excellent Facilitation: Seek Consensus
- Excellent Facilitation: Create Safe Space
- Excellent Facilitation: Make Meaning With Participants
- Excellent Facilitation: Reflect, Reflect, Reflect
- Excellent Facilitation: Framing and Sequencing
- Excellent Facilitation: Create Guidelines and Goals
- Excellent Facilitation: Embrace Challenges