What is a facilitated discussion?
Compared to a more traditional workshop format, a facilitated discussion is less formal and more interactive. We typically share some high-level concepts about a specific topic or challenge common to the participants, then facilitate a group discussion (with small group break-outs) on the topic. We aim to leverage the combined energy, experience, and wisdom of the participants to maximize learning for all through a coaching approach. Each individual supports and challenges their peers, as they share ideas and experiences with one another. As opposed to a one-size-fits-all “telling” approach to learning, each individual gets to determine their own unique challenge(s), solution(s) and next steps.
Sometimes, we share content for participants to think about prior to the session. For example, we may ask them to read an article or book chapter or listen to a podcast and reflect on some questions in advance of our time together. We can also work with you to implement follow-up work, as deemed necessary, to ensure the learning “sticks” (e.g., a follow-on practical assignment or an Office Hours session).