Facilitating Groups Workshop 3: Group Facilitation Tools and Activities

Learn new group facilitation tools and activities. Design engaging and interactive meetings, classes, and workshops. Our group facilitation training online program helps you engage.

Workshop 3: Group Facilitation Tools and Activities

Objective: In this workshop, you will learn how to use tools and activities to build cohesion in your group.

Activity – You will:

  • Understand how different facilitation tools will keep your participants engaged.

Product – You will create and develop:

  • A toolkit of activities to create an engaging environment.

Outcome – You will learn how to:

  • Use “reverse polling” to get people into action and to assess the group’s comfort level.
  • Use various specific activities and tools at different points in your facilitation to create an interactive session.


Included Workshops:
Workshop 1: Theories of Learning and Engagement for Group Facilitation

Workshop 2: The Group Facilitation Experience
Workshop 3: Group Facilitation Tools and Activities
Workshop 4: Facilitation Design


Learn new group facilitation tools and activities. Design engaging and interactive meetings, classes, and workshops. Our group facilitation training online program helps you get started immediately. Here’s what people have said about what they learned from our online program:

“This group facilitation online workshop was very easy to follow, well-presented, and taught me a variety of new, creative ways to present a topic and engage my listeners. Looking forward, I will be able to use several of these suggestions and techniques in hopes of encouraging participant involvement and interaction. I am very grateful that this workshop was easily accessible and available for me to watch!”

“This online workshop provides so, much good information and tips on facilitating a group workshop. Ninety percent of us remember what we say and do. I need to actively engage everyone in the room when a present to the group.We all have different intelligence. I should appeal to the diversity of intelligence in the room so, others can be engaged. Group size can effect participation. Smaller groups engage more. Communication is key and I have to communicate at a level that everyone would understand.We should have a positive vision for our group this is central to our facilitation. The video offered so many different options for great group activities. The online group facilitation video is applicable in so many different areas of my leadership journey. The tips were very simple, but effective.”

“I most enjoyed Module 3 on facilitation activities. A lot of the ideas presented are so simple but so vital to guaranteeing success of a facilitation. Think-Pair-Share I think could be especially useful for groups where all participants are not on the same knowledge level of the topic which is a common occurrence with groups I’ve worked with. I also like that you include call-on’s, this is something I frequently employ out of fear that participation will be poor, glad to see you agree it is effective!”

“After completing this Group Facilitation Workshop, I feel much better about conducting my roundtable. I had an idea of what I should be doing, but these modules definitely reassured me and gave me new insight as well. As an introduction into my discussion, I plan on using the around-the-horn effect or brainrain. Hopefully, this will increase the comfort level of my audience, that will build relationships and open the door for discussion to my topic. I will also make sure I use words that tailor towards my topic, but understanding to my audience; while keeping them engaged. I want my audience to get the most information they can out of my roundtable discussion through a closing reflection they can remember and take away with them.”

“This was an interesting workshop! I am going to use a few of the strategies, specifically the “around the horn” activity. I think that for any discussion it is important for everyone to know each other. I would also like to use an object, such as a ball, to facilitate order of speaking. Finally, I always try to keep Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences in mind, since everyone learns differently and as a leader I need to appeal to all learning styles.”

“This online workshop is a great resource to help me prepare and facilitate my own round table discussion. It is full of great ideas for how to keep the audience involved and engaged. It also touches on the different styles of learning and how to use a variety of techniques to ensure that individuals can interact in ways suited for their learning style. I plan to use a few of the activities mentioned throughout these modules in order to create a successful round table discussion.”

“I have heard some of the tips before, but they were presented in a more memorable way with cool catch phrases. Even though my project is over, I can use the tips to help guide my  students. I think making sure that everyone is heard in a timely manner is the most important part of group facilitation. I look forward to using these tools as I interact more with groups.”

“I enjoyed watching this online series regarding group facilitation. I was able to better understand how good meetings should be run. I found myself looking back to meetings that I enjoyed and thinking what made them good. I discovered that implementing the use of many of the techniques presented in this mini workshop series is what helped make a good meeting a great meeting. I learned to adapt my presentation style to better engage the audience and to cater to different learning styles. I also was able to gain better skills for planning meetings, which I believe can make the difference between how smoothly a meeting is run. Thank you for giving this mini workshop, I enjoyed learning from you.”

“This online workshop has given great understanding of how to work with individuals and groups. Being a Peer Mentor and working on a project, the information in the modules can be very useful for my groups. This workshop has helped me to understand different types of communication and how to acknowledge different types of learners. It also provides many different types of group facilitation exercises that will be useful in present/future groups.”

Facilitating Groups is also available as a live program. Email Darin@DarinEich.com to bring the live version of this program to your group.

The Facilitation topic area is great for people who need to teach something or get results with a group. Workshops will introduce tools and techniques for facilitating group discussion and activities. Participants will engage in different types of facilitation and discussion and identify the challenges that they expect to face. This is relevant for both students and professionals. I show people how I do what I do in these workshops.

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