This post is geared to coaches and facilitators who are new to working with groups in person. I often get asked about some of the basics of facilitation - how to create flipcharts, how to use post-it notes, etc. Today's post covers some flipchart basics for all of us to keep in mind when working with our next group in person. The picture above is me working with a wonderful co-facilitator of mine Sharon Miller at a couples retreat we ran in Muskoka a few years ago.
- Use two colours – Watch use of red and green in case there are people in your group who are colour blind
- Watch impact of All Caps/ versus larger and smaller font
- Post flipcharts around room (ask for permission from venue)
- Consider which flipcharts would be useful to have retained – ie. Ground Rules/Terms of Engagement
- Creating list of topics to address/focus areas for coaching (Agenda Areas)- link to video
- When capturing content – se participants words – if necessary have them rephrase/paraphrase themselves
When would use them:
- Copy of Agenda
- Ground Rules/Ways of working/Group Agreements
- Wheel of ….Life/Management/Leadership/Business etc
- Questions – discussion questions for pairs to consider, evaluation questions
- Any graphics you want to share
It is likely that a majority of your learners have a preference for visual learning, so flipcharts can be an important part of the learning process.
What other tips would you suggest around using flipcharts?
Have a great week,
Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) - Check out other logistical tips in Chapter 9
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