Facilitating Groups Part III: Facilitation Tools

Create a plan today that you can facilitate with a group tomorrow. Facilitate highly engaging and interactive classes, workshops, or meetings. Be guided through the process with the facilitator tools online training or group facilitation training bundle today. Learn how to help others to learn and engage!

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.


Facilitating Groups is a series of workshop topics designed to help people better facilitate events and meetings so that participants learn, are engaged and get more accomplished. Participants will learn how use best practice techniques and tools to more confidently and successfully facilitate others.

Facilitating Groups Part I: Facilitation Theory
Facilitating Groups Part II: Facilitation Techniques
Facilitating Groups Part III: Facilitation Tools
Facilitating Groups Part IV: Facilitation In Practice

Facilitating Groups is also available as a blended online video course. Find more information and get started with our group facilitation training online. Here are some comments and reflections from people who have used our online program to design and facilitate better discussions, workshops, meetings, presentations, and classes.

“I really enjoyed this workshop. The modules were very interesting and the scenarios and tips were very applicable. In preparing for my project, I can use the information presented in the modules in order to help lead the group and promote a stimulating discussion. I plan on using different activities (like think-pair-share and round the horn) in my presentation. Also, this workshop has helped me understand that there are different types of learners and how to vary the activities so it covers many learning styles.”

“This workshop was extremely helpful. It was full of useful information that I can utilize in my project. It has taught me some techniques I will try to use to engage my audience in my roundtable discussion. Everybody has different ways of engaging the audience and I believe with some of these tips I will be able to incorporate my own style and make a great presentation.”

“I enjoyed these workshops because, for one, you can do it at your convenience, and not a one-time offer on a particular day. I think that these workshops are very educational because they really do help with becoming a better facilitator. I was able to recognize some techniques that I already have in my outline for my roundtable discussion, such as doing activities to get them involved, even before viewing this. So that tells me that I’m on the right track. I also recognized some techniques that aren’t in my outline that I could possibly use, especially when it comes to getting the audience engaged and interested in the topic, such as doing a revere poll and brain rain. Overall, I enjoyed watching these workshops and I really do believe that they are helpful when trying to facilitate a discussion (or planning one).”

“This online workshop was very educational. After watching this series I believe that I am well-equipped to plan and carry out a successful workshop on my own. The tools with which I now have will be very beneficial to my team as our project depends on the success of two educational workshops. I will convey to them the important ways in which a message can be brought across to a group with different learning styles, and the ways in which we can create a message that will resonate in the individuals that attend our workshop long after they leave. It also solidified the importance of engaging others in a workshop as opposed to a lecture-style workshop. Thank you for the advice, I am sure I will resort to these new tools frequently!”

“These modules were very interesting and will definitely be a great asset when we will be helping mentor our groups! It was interesting to learn that everyone learns a little bit differently, so everyone should be approached differently. Getting people out of their comfort zones is a good idea, because students to need to work in different ways when they get into the “real” world, so it is a great way to enter into that in a safe environment.”

“This online workshop is incredibly helpful! I found that many different techniques were offered to really engage others in the activity. I can see this really benefiting me while working on my project since I will be working with a group of high school students. I also found the information about the three types of communication helpful (verbal, nonverbal, and paraverbal) since I tend to have some communication difficulties and anxiety. The tips to engage others as well as simply being excited and comfortable I believe will really help me when dealing with the high school students.”

“This online workshop was extremely interesting to me! My project involves creating an interactive workshop . Ideally my workshop will challenge people creatively, involve small and large group discussion, and be thought provoking and engaging for all attendees. This series of online workshops definitely presented a lot of interesting ideas I would not have thought of on my own. I feel better prepared to engage my audience by working in some of the “tool and activities” discussed above into my workshop.”

“I think this was a really cool workshop. It got me thinking more about planning ahead for meetings and what I want to do and the best way to do it. Instead of just presenting the info, now I will think of the best way to engage my audience and my peers in what I want to accomplish.”

“This online workshop provides a tremendous amount of good advice for rookie group facilitators. I am excited by the possibilities these tools and activities offer to our students as they plan their round table groups, and to our Peer Mentors as they think of more effective ways they can engage students in discussion and reflection.”

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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