How to maintain the energy when facilitating a group

The importance of maintaining energy when facilitating a group

‘What are your biggest challenges in facilitating a group?’

This was the focus of an impromptu session from a facilitation training workshop.

A key challenge raised by participants was, “How do we maintain the energy of a group when facilitating – without overwhelming participants?”

Here are a few of the options suggested…

Option 1. Model the energy that you want participants to experience and display.

If you need them quietly focused on individual tasks, slow down your pace and be precise in describing the output required

If you want to generate enthusiasm, articulate what you’re looking forward to from the session. Speed up your movement and speech

Option 2. Re-energise participants with ‘pattern interrupt’ activities

  • The quick quiz. 6 questions covering geography, music, food, entertainment, history and fashion. Participants can only answer by using their buzzer!
  • Get a participant to lead the group in stretching up for their fave physical activity
  • Start your session with a story (An interesting thing happened…)
  • Get participants to identify their ‘Rock star’ name and use this throughout the session (First name = Name of your first pet; Surname = Name of first street/road you lived on). FYI I am ‘Tabby McQueen’!

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Andrew Huffer

Andrew Huffer has over 25 years experience in working with organisations, businesses, managers and communities and at a state, national and international level. He designs and delivers specialist engagement processes, with a focus on facilitating open decision making processes and skill development of clients. He has delivered presentations and workshops at a number of state, national and international conferences.

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