Free One-hour Taster Sessions

Give your lunchtime a buzz!

Learn how you can help people achieve amazing things in groups in a taster session with us at your workplace.

Chat with one of our facilitators to arrange a talk that suits your team’s needs, or choose one of the following topics.

Understanding Ourselves in Groups

The more we understand our own inner ‘selves’ and their interplay, the better our group work will be. First facilitate thyself! Come prepared to know (and accept) yourself better! This will entail:

  • Mapping your own Community of Selves
  • Getting to know and working on the fears and other self-limiting messages that hold us back when working in and with groups
  • Develop the emotional resilience to manage your own reactions when faced with challenging group dynamics.

Building Groupness

For groups to work at their best together, we need to build a sense of groupness. Our experience is that we need to spend the first quarter of our time together ‘building the vehicle within which we will travel’. By creating an environment where people feel they can work well together, the group maximises its effectiveness. This includes:

  • Understanding the journey to groupness
  • Activities and process design to build connection
  • The importance of the physical environment for groups
  • The role of risk-taking in creating groupness
  • The importance of the facilitator’s role

 Essential Principles of Facilitation

This is at the heart of all our work; facilitation practice needs to have a strong, collaborative value base.  As facilitators, we need to be clear about our approach. We will look at:

  • The central values and principles of facilitation
  • The role of the facilitator
  • Using our principles to plan with flexibility

Skills for Facilitation

We say that effective facilitation is 20% good process, and 80% good facilitation skills. It is these micro-skills that bring facilitation to life. Some of these will be familiar to you, some new. In this session, we will look at how you can apply a number of these micro-skills. These include:

  • Naming and normalising
  • Validating
  • Helping people hear each other – introducing our Hearable Messages model
  • Facilitatory leadership
  • Hearing and validating people’s contribution
  • Synthesising group wisdom
  • Welcoming difference – facilitating strongly held differing views
  • Dealing with un-named dynamics

Dealing with Hot Spots in Groups

Most of us have fears and avoidance behaviour around tension or conflict. This has a negative impact on our challenging interactions. We need strategies to deal with our own and others’ feelings and reactive behaviour. This includes:

  • Understanding and managing our responses to other people expressing strong feelings
  • Recognising the ‘triggers’, causes and signs of possible challenging behaviour
  • Preventing escalation of tension and conflict
  • Helpful processes for working through conflict
  • Challenging behaviour – domination, aggressive or manipulative behaviour, etc.
  • Skills to intervene in dynamics you find particularly challenging

Emotional Resilience

We define emotional resilience as the capacity to be bold – to speak up, to share our ideas, take risks and use our full potential.  It gives us greater strength to appropriately respond to workplace pressures and challenges and helps build robust, collaborative relationships.

This topic includes:

  • Understanding the components of Emotional Resilience (7 key tips).
  • The emotionally resilient person – what do they do, and how do they feel?
  • Self-reflection on where we are in this journey and what the barriers are.

Handling Challenging Situations

In this session, we focus on the issues of greatest importance to the particular group. Tools, micro-skills and helpful processes to address these issues will be offered. Resources and understanding provided on topics such as:

  • Preparing ourselves for challenging encounters
  • Getting your message across while remaining wise and centred
  •  Giving difficult feedback that is ‘hearable’
  • Remaining emotionally centred in the face of serious challenges.

Self Care

Sustainable work practice includes regular monitoring of all resources – including you! In this session, we’ll look at:

  • How do I react to stress?
  • Understanding what nourishes and depletes you
  • Reflection on what is in the way of your self-care
  • Developing an individual self-care plan

Why work with us?

We created Groupwork Centre because we believe in the transformational capacity of people working well together in groups. We saw the need for people to learn the skills of great facilitation as well as having the opportunity to engage a good facilitator to assist groups in achieving their goals.

Our facilitators have had extensive experience and training working with groups and individuals in leadership and working well with people. A key point of difference is our approach to self-awareness, compassion and Emotional Resilience. Our practical skills and values-based approach have prepared us well for this work.

Learn more

What’s special about Groupwork

For training in facilitation:

Getting Our Act Together: How to Harness the Power of groups Book information and reviews

Hot Spots and Tricky Bits – Facilitation training DVD info

We specialise in this work!  We are at your service.