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Process-Based Facilitation  was published in May 2015. This book presents the concept of Process-Based Facilitation including the development of the model, Values and Principles of group facilitation. It covers the basics and several chapters of advanced concepts associated with group facilitation. Finally, Chapter 17 includes a 65 page basic facilitators toolkit. This is a full size (8.5″ x 11″) soft cover 408 page book.

There are several additional books in the works including:

The Process-Based Facilitator’s Toolkit

A few years after I learned about facilitation and began practicing with groups I realized that there was so much to learn and wanted to start capturing baseline information in ways that were easy to review. So, in the mid-to late-1990’s, I started researching and compiling articles related to facilitation and consulting. I created a couple of formats that I used to capture information on models, concepts, and methods. It was a way for me to get my thoughts around a number of specific subjects while forcing me to be brief with the information I captured. My articles were limited to one piece of paper for each article. Most techniques were limited to just one side of the page.

Once I got started on a topic I would find other topics that I wanted to research. So I created a list of topics. Within just a year or so I had a list of several hundred topics waiting to be researched. I put several hours a week into my writing which resulted in four to six articles per month over nearly twenty years.

In Process-Based Facilitation I identified 48 articles that I considered to be about the Basics. This book will present around 250 additional articles using the same formatted structure. As with the Basic Toolkit in “Process-Based Facilitation,” this book will be divided into seven sections:

  • Concepts, Models and Frameworks: This is a sampling of a few dozen 2 page articles discussing much of the work facilitators (and even consultants) do.
  • Tools: These are also 2 page articles describing the tools (physical implements) of facilitation describing what they are and how they are used.
  • Techniques: Currently the largest section, 243 pages, is all about Techniques for doing things. This will grow larger before the book is finalized. I just ran across five techniques I forgot to add to it.
  • Simple Assessments: This section has at least 15 assessment techniques to be used by individuals or group members.
  • Group Activities: This includes 2 dozen Warm-ups, Energizers and Ice breakers.
  • Facilitator Worksheets: These are the planning worksheets I’ve developed for designing, conducting, and documenting results of group events.
  • Facilitation Planning Techniques: These are specific facilitation techniques used by facilitators and not often shared with participants.

In the current draft this book is 415 pages of specific and highly valuable content.

Ten Commandments of Effective Meetings
A few years ago a client was complaining to me about the terrible meetings she attended and wished that I could be her full-time facilitator for every meeting she had to attend. To help her out with this I created a short, half-day, training plan for how to hold effective meetings. Because she was a religious person I organized it as Ten Commandments. I taught it to her and she, in turn, taught her staff about the Ten Commandments.

Fast forward three years later and I start seeing more and more articles on bad meetings. So it is time to expand the briefing and create a short book to help people learn how to create more effective meetings. This book is currently about 120 pages in length and will present the tem commandments in story form.

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