Less is more…

Last week I attended a five-day course at the Roffey Park Institute entitled the Art of Facilitation. On some level I thought I had signed up to learn more skills and techniques, particularly in how to facilitate conversations about the shadow or covert processes that play out in groups. I quickly realised I had other lessons to learn.

For example, my presence as a facilitator can come from embodying a certain stillness and that more can happen for people and groups in the silences I leave, rather than in the ‘facilitating’ talk I engage in. I experienced a more profound connection with my group of co-participants by both acknowledging my separateness and letting go of my need to add value with clever interventions. I listened more deeply, noticed more about people’s body language, their voices and seemed to hold the space (or field) for the group in a way that worked for them.

These lessons were surprising, yet not surprising at the same time. They are things I have heard before, but somehow this time they landed – I was ready for the lessons and willing to take the risk to experiment with new ways of being with people as a facilitator. These lessons, therefore, were also immensely valuable. I returned to work on Monday with my sense of presence and stillness intact. This seemed to open a more profound space for my coaching clients, resulting in deeper reflections and insights from them about the topics they were working through.

Less really can mean more.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s