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Facilitating group discussions

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Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course, Facilitating group discussions, you will look at some of the behaviours effective facilitators exhibit. Informative and engaging videos will introduce you to examples of facilitation in practice.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the key skills and behaviours required to facilitate a group discussion
  • prepare effectively before facilitating a meeting
  • consider some of the difficult behaviours that can occur in meetings
  • think of some possible strategies for dealing with these.

By: The Open University

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Facilitating group discussions


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Welcome to this free course on facilitating group discussions.

You’ll start by looking at what is meant by ‘facilitation’ and at different styles of facilitating.

You will have the chance to assess your preferred facilitation style, and also to identify skills that you need to develop to become more effective in this role.

Then you’ll be asked to watch a series of video clips showing facilitation in action.

You’ll meet Alan as he tries to facilitate a meeting of an established group – a chaotic meeting.

Next you will listen to a dialogue between Alan and a more experienced facilitator, Lisa, to see how she handled similar situations in the past.

Lastly, you will see Alan facilitating another meeting of the group – more successfully this time!

To get the most from this course, please enrol. This way the answers you give on-screen will be kept when you come back later. Alternatively, you should note your answers in a notebook.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course Q91 Business Management [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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