Enabling Effectiveness: Facilitating Collaboration and Capability

February 13, 2013

The Art and Practice of Group Facilitation


Accredited with the Services SETA

group facilitation


Our goal is to prepare you to plan and lead conversations and group processes in your organisation or for your clients. Our intense, three-day workshop enables you to strengthen:

  • Your ability to connect with others and deepen your skills
  • Perform as an effective facilitator
  • Become a more active listener and effective leader
  • Design group processes and construct activities that engage people toward achieving shared objectives
  • Manage group diversity and conflict
  • Enable others to feel purposeful and valuable when participating in a workshop/meeting


A Recipe for Successful Facilitation

This an examination of the key factors that contribute to effective facilitation: an appropriate environment, clear agendas and objectives, efficient use of time, powerful stakeholder engagement, leadership, and excellent skills.

The value of facilitation will be explored as well as its contribution to generating broader team effectiveness beyond the workshop or meeting.

Participants will also understand other practical elements necessary to make a facilitated workshop/meeting successful including tools, pre-workshop preparation and communication, ice-breakers and energisers, documentation and review, and more.

Facilitation Roles and Responsibilities

In this conversation, we explore the roles of the facilitator and the power of facilitation as a skills-set to bring out the best in people.  We also explore the roles played by others in a facilitation context including the workshop sponsor, participant and scribe.

Participants will learn that the successful facilitator projects trustworthiness and neutrality, and directs focused effort at preparing for the workshop. They will examine their personal biases in order to remove them while serving as facilitators.

Understanding Participant Styles

Using an Creative and Problem-Solving styles assessment, we develop a deeper understanding of our own and others creative and problem-solving styles.  In this way we create awareness of how we could be designing group processes more effectively, as well as how we could involve participants in ways that enable them to feel engaged and interested.

Group Dynamics

Group dynamics and motivations can vary on many levels, and participants will learn how to guide the group to a level of cohesion quickly so that participants engage with shared objectives and solutions, rather than individual motivations. They will use role-plays to practice engaging people in dialogue, feedback, and testing for consensus and understanding.

The Point of Power is Always in the Present Moment

Participants will get an opportunity to deepen their communication skills including embodying confidence, practicing deep listening and building rapport with participants through body language and appreciative conversations.  A very meaningful exploration focused on self awareness and connectedness with others.

Getting Results

Keeping group members focused so they can get their desired results takes skill. This section shows participants how to move beyond roadblocks, difficult personalities, and incomplete information so they can help group members work collaboratively toward a goal. Using sample cases, participants will try their hand at remaining neutral and facilitating workshops.

Managing Diversity and Conflict

People can sabotage a group process by interrupting, being negative, physically or mentally leaving, or dominating the conversation. They could also unconsciously sabotage the process if they feel that they’re not being included or heard.  Conflict can easily arise when there are differing motivations and perceptions.  These behaviours and situations makes the facilitator’s job a challenge at best. Learning how to manage participants who don’t want to be there, who are dominating the discussion, or who are being difficult, is an essential skill of top facilitators. This section explores handling difficult people and challenging situations in a workshop.

People Who Can, Do: Preparation and Practice

This discussion involves participants facilitating various kinds of processes: strategic planning, idea generation, and consensus decision making. Participants will experience what makes a facilitated session effective. They will know how to remain neutral, accommodate different styles, be flexible, build consensus, and dispel their fears.

Facilitator Treasure Chest

An exploration of various tools and techniques that can be applied to diverse objectives and group settings.  This session will also explore divergent thinking, convergent thinking and facilitating sustainable cooperative processes.

From brain-storming to De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats to graphic facilitation and ice-breakers, participants will get to experience a variety of techniques and processes to add to their treasure chest.


INVESTMENT: R 6995.00 excluding VAT

DATE: 27th February to 01st March 2013

Who should attend?  Facilitators, Trainers, Business Analysts, Teachers, Meeting Hosts, Project Managers , Team Leaders, Managers – anyone who works and regularly meets with groups to achieve objectives.

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July 5, 2012

Conscious Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of the Collective

… Collective intelligence allows companies to gain efficiency…. It enables companies to build on experience and avoid reinventing processes and procedures. Collective Intelligence creates the ability to adapt and apply innovations across new markets and opportunities. And it facilitates the discovery of new avenues of improvement…” IBM Global Chief HR Officer Study, 2010

A growing body of research suggests that individual minds connected in shared purpose do indeed generate a collective force that is vastly more powerful than any one individual or group of individuals. Group intention, as evidenced through the research, influences societal experiences such as crime, influences the nervous systems of people connected with each other, and accelerates learning within a group. The research results are profound; the implications for organisations, staggering.

“Our personal psychology is just a thin skin, a ripple on the ocean of collective psychology. The powerful factor, the factor which changes our whole life, which changes the surface of our known world, which makes history, is collective psychology, which moves according to laws entirely different from those of our [individual] consciousness.”

Carl Jung

The Conscious Collaboration workshop is designed to be a profound conversation beyond the nuts and bolts of how to run meetings, workshops and conversations effectively. It is about awakening to higher levels of awareness, connectedness, engagement and leadership.

Why would you participate?

  • What would it be like to work in a team that has a shared purpose and believes in a common vision and goals?
  • How would it feel to work in a company where knowledge is easily shared, and where people’s strengths are encouraged and appreciated?
  • How would it feel to connect with people deeply and authentically, and to help teams to tap into their collective capacity for achievement?
  • What kind of results would I, my team and my company be experiencing in a culture that supports the above?

We encourage leaders, managers, OD practitioners, facilitators, trainers, coaches, community builders, educators, and others interested in expanding their impact and ability to make a difference, to participate.

Harnessing the power of collective intention and action to achieve meaningful results, is one of the most important activities to integrate if we want to flourish as individuals, organisations and communities.

What will you receive?

  • Understand what social science is revealing about the collective mind in causing, influencing and accelerating change;
  • Understand the neurology and chemistry of social connection;
  • Deeper awareness of how to shape team and company cultures that support collaboration, resourcefulness and shared success;
  • Techniques for accelerating cohesiveness and results in conversations, meetings and workshops;
  • Insights for strengthening team connection and commitment to organisational vision and goals;
  • Techniques for deepening awareness and connection with self and others

e-mail to enquire

 Format:  Two-day workshop OR 6 x 2hr coaching sessions over 6 weeks

Please also enquire about our mini experience: A 2.5 hour team workshop to integrate key principles

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July 4, 2012

Graphic Facilitation Masterclass

Graphic Facilitation Masterclass 06th June 2013

The visualisation of ideas and concepts plays an important role in how we make meaning of and retain information, as well as how we innovate.

Cognitive science shows us that one of the ways the brain creates meaning is through the process of our retina passing visual stimuli to our primary visual cortex which then radiates this information to numerous parts of the brain for parallel processing and meaning-making, resulting in us creating a unified mental model of the information we see.

Using imagery as well as words to construct information and to communicate in workshops, meetings, training, teaching etc, activates different parts of the brain – stimulating whole-brain engagement – in processing information. It also contributes to strengthening our coginition as neuroscience research shows us that new neural pathways develop as we engage in physical activity. Information Visualisation and Graphic Facilitation encourages participation and strengthens our ability to process information and communicate in a highly integrated and therefore, effective, way.

It’s also just great FUN !

Join inter-arise on 06th June 2013 for this fun, results-oriented and inspiring workshop.

Venue:  Johannesburg: Regenesys Business School
Address: 4 Pybus Road, Sandton, Johannesburg

Time:  08:30 to 16:30
Investment: R 2 495.00 excluding VAT





Apply Graphic Facilitation techniques to:

  • Process Modelling
  • Business Change and Transition
  • Strategic Envisioning and Planning
  • Team/Department Envisioning and Planning
  • Business Requirements Elicitation and Definition
  • Business Solutions Design
  • Project Definition, Planning, Monitoring and Reviews
  • Innovation and Idea/Concept Development
  • Corporate Communications
  • Training
  • Client Sales and Relationship Management
  • Team Meetings and Workshops


You receive:

  • Understanding the power of imagery in strengthening personal and group effectiveness
  • Enriched ability to draw and create fun, simple images, metaphors and visual templates
  • Skills for including imagery in your meetings, workshops and other group sessions
  • Graphic Facilitator Tool-kit
  • A copy of The Power of Visual Language: A Handbook for The Visual Facilitator
  • Refreshments and Lunch

Contact us now to reserve your participation in this fun, enlightening and cutting-edge workshop:

What some participants have shared about their experience with us:


“I found it very valuable to share with others who are involved in visualisation….. There was a strong sharing mode which said to each participant..all the knowledge and experience that I /WE have (i.e. the Facilitator and class) put on the table. ‘It’s here for you’! It was REAL education, in the sense of ‘e-ducare’
Facilitator: Supportive and hands-on. I felt we were being schooled by someone who had the knowledge and the experience. Almost certainly the best in the country.
Value Gained: Confidence. Very useful techniques, shortcuts. Everything was practical and useful.”

The content – Brilliant.  Love the book we got with to go and practice from.  All the material we received on the day was of high quality and well presented.
The facilitator – Accommodating and involved.  Shared own experience and looked at every person’s individual needs.
The value  – I never believed I am ‘artistic’ and could draw.  This was made easy and every person’s own ability came through.
have used the graphic facilitation to present the Learning offerings to a group of Business Analysts.  It was an innovative fun way to make the message stick.   This is a very good tool to use in everything we do.”

“The integration of the theory and the practical aspects created a good space.  Highlights included tapping into and unlocking every person’s potential and the magic in the power of simplicity. An overwhelming thank you!”

“The Facilitator was totally outstanding in this field.  She knows what she’s talking about and has great perception and knowledge in this field.  Thank you for your valuable input”

“Awesome, very unique and entertaining.  Enjoyed it and learnt alot.  Nice pace and very interesting. [The facilitator was] very passionate about the subject, well read and shared a lot of interesting facts.  Kept the training fun and relevant.”

“Well organised, educational as well as fun.  Very satisfied.  [The facilitator] was confident and relaxed, yet professional”

“The course brought out skills I thought did not exist….It was awesome !”

“Very interesting, lots of concepts and ideas that can be practically applied”







August 30, 2010

Graphic Facilitation

Filed under: Facilitation,Training — admin @ 12:15 pm

Research shows that around 60% of people in the developed world are dominant in left hemisphere style thinking. Thinking with the left side of your brain is excellent for fact gathering and analysing and for precision and analysis, it’s also great for organising information and situations, keeping records and developing plans. In short, our left brain loves order and details.

The trouble with zooming in on the details is that you can miss out on the bigger picture. That’s the realm of your right brain and it facilitates wonderful abilities such as flexibility of thinking, intuitive problem solving, creative planning, considering values, spotting new possibilities and interacting sensitively and positively with others.

Graphic Facilitation is a style of group facilitation that uses visuals as a sophisticated thinking tool to help groups brainstorm, explore ideas, analyse detail, deepen dialogue, clarify, reach consensus, and take ownership of their contributions and agreed actions.

At a deeper level, graphic facilitation uses imagery and metaphor as a way of drawing out and portraying group thinking, helping groups literally “see what they mean”.  The creative use of imagery combined with structured models of communication appeals to the intuitive, intellectual and emotional aspects of people.  This approach stimulates whole-brain engagement which is very necessary for optimal learning, creativity and participation.

inter-arise provides a fun, interesting and deeply insightful Graphic Facilitation skills masterclass at which we facilitate learning in how to develop and use graphics in training sessions, meetings, workshops and discussions.

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