The Simplest Debriefing / Questioning Method

For a SUPER simple method, and perfect for beginners, check out the ‘What’ Method.  The questioning strategy could not be more simple: What? So What? Now What? What? Get full description and discussion around the experience. “What happened during the activity? “ “What did you / the group do?” “What were your reactions?” So What? Add meaning and create dialogue. “So what does that mean to you?” “So what does the way the group responded mean for our work environment?” Now What? Create application for what was learned. “Now what?”  Seriously, you can ask that simple question! “Now that we[…]Read More…

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Probing

  What is probing? Probing is asking follow-up questions in order to gain more understanding, such as: Can you explain further? Could you put it in another way? Can you please tell me more about that? But why, how, who, when, where? Anything else? Probing is rather like peeling away the layers of an onion The objective is to move towards the center of the onion This means that by probing the facilitator can get closer to the real reason behind something or gain as much understanding as possible. [hr] Why is probing an important skill for a facilitator and[…]Read More…

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Why ask questions as a facilitator?

  This may seem like a no-brainer, but I want to take nothing for granted! There are two core skills that will help you become an effective facilitator, in ANY setting. First, be a good active listener and observer. Next become skilled in the art of asking the right questions in the right way at the right time. There are several ways you can do this. You can – if you feel you have all the answers and want to impress everyone with your knowledge – simply give ‘the answer’. Or you can seek participation and give group members the opportunity[…]Read More…

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How to ask GREAT Facilitation Questions

  Questions During the Debrief The debrief is the most difficult aspect for non-facilitators because it feels SCARY! Look at FIMAGE and honestly assess yourself.  But in truth, the debrief is the best part of the activity and what leads to a learning opportunity versus playing a silly game. Below is some basic information about questions.  If you want more structure, consider reading about different Debriefing Methods. Tips for the debrief: Beginning the debrief is the most difficult part.  If you are unsure how to start, simply ask: “What happened during the activity?” Remember!  DO NOT ask simple answer questions. […]Read More…

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