10 Tips for Unconference Facilitators
Developed with Pam Ressler (@)
- Give a brief outline with the purpose and timeline of the session.
- State ground rules, establishing your role as facilitator and that you may need to redirect the conversation to keep the session on target.
- Frame the topic both verbally and visually in design mode thinking: “How might we…?”
- Don’t try to be both facilitator and scribe. Elect a note taker.
- Gently but firmly acknowledge the opinion of people who tend to dominate and then ask others to weigh in.
- Directly invite quieter members of the group to share their thoughts. Ask an open-ended question.
- Leave enough time for wrap up.
- Invite the group to identify key takeaways.
- Summarize the group learning and identify key themes, ideas, action items.
- Have fun!
Also see this #hcsmca Symposium – Facilitator Quick Reference (PDF), adapted from unconference wisdom shared with me by Marlies van Dijk, RN, MSc. Thank you Marlies.
Read more about #hcsmca’s Symposium
- How to Unconference #hcsmca Style
- How to Prepare for the Unconference Part of the #hcsmca Symposium
- The #hcsmca Symposium Program
Additional resources for Facilitators: