University of Wyoming Extension News

Worland training session covers facilitation basics

Training to lead groups is being offered by the University of Wyoming Extension this April in Worland.

Tara Kuipers in the Park County Extension office will teach “Facilitation Basics: The knowledge and skills to get results with groups” 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the UW Extension office meeting room in Worland.

Cost is $20 and includes lunch and materials; space is limited to 20, and pre-registration is recommended.

“Leading groups, whether they are work teams, committees, or boards, can be difficult without the right skills,” said Kuipers, northwest area community development educator. “Knowing and implementing some basic facilitation skills can make group leadership an easier, more productive task.”

Participants will learn how to plan an agenda, set up the right meeting space, engage participants and manage problem behaviors.

“These skills will make you an effective facilitator for the groups you lead,” said Kuipers.

Specific topics include:

·       Defining the role and characteristics of an effective facilitator

·      Identifying key principles of facilitation, including factors to make facilitation meetings successful

·      Describing best practices related to various types of meetings and agenda items

·      Practicing a number of facilitation techniques and skills

To register, call the Cody extension office at 307-527-8560, or email Colleen Renner at crenner@parkcounty.us. For more information, contact Kuipers at the same number or email her at tkuipers@parkcounty.us.