University of Wyoming Extension News

Lander training session covers facilitation basics

Training to lead groups is offered by the University of Wyoming Extension this May in Lander.

Tara Kuipers in the Park County Extension office will teach “Facilitation Basics: The knowledge and skills to get results with groups.”

The training is 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the County Commission Chambers of the Fremont County Courthouse in Lander.

Cost is $20 and includes lunch and materials; space is limited to 20 per session, 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 behavior.

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

Specific areas of focus will include:

·       Defining the role of the facilitator and characteristics of an effective facilitator

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

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

·      Practicing facilitation techniques and skills

To register, call extension 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.