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I enjoyed your relaxing intro, I felt you grounding the content and explaining your motivation for getting involved in CIT, lovely sharing and used humour here as well with your colleagues (The land of Bruce!) which in my impression, allowed the participants feel at ease with you and your colleagues. I liked the fact that you felt comfortable enough to share your personal reflections and challenges of the past week, while using the previous skills but also connecting to the skill you were about to facilitate. This demonstrated trust, a certain amount of vulnerability and it was clearly emotional for you but not too much to appear over vulnerable (While sharing your challenges in work). You also shared encouraging words in the chat to make folks feel safe and supported while valuing their contributions.
‘Thank you Gareth, that was wonderful, thanks for your facilitation’ – Not only did I observe you making a conscious and visible effort to make your participants feel safe in the space, it was clear that from the beginning you were demonstrating an ability to make your co-facilitators feel safe, supported and appreciated.
You handled the beneficial / Harmful mental states (slides with images of children) with such ease and ownership that it was apparently clear just how experienced you are in working with groups and sharing material, imparting knowledge and learning. I thought you showed nice pacing between the slides that you were facilitating and guiding the conversation to keep up with the space but also feel safe to ask clarifying questions if needed. I recognised clearly that you were moving on and building on what your prior co-facilitator had shared (so you showed clearly that you were aware of your colleagues inputs and not just focussing on the next slide) but with a quicker pace (it may well have been needed if you felt a little behind the allocated times for each section). Nice interaction with the participants and managing the comments being received while at the same time, maintaining participants attention on the main content being shared. I saw a number of examples of encouragement throughout and recognition of comments, creating a sense or feeling of no wrong answer or silly comment being possible. Nice use of affirmations to follow the comments being made while you were leading the slides and receiving feedback. ‘Beautiful, thanks for sharing’.
Mental States Slides were lead and managed very well, professionally, to the point but also with space for interaction where it was felt it was needed. You created and implemented space and pause for questions after sharing, for example, you asked, ‘does this make sense to you?’ while you were introducing more complex content like Equanimity. I felt a sense of honesty while you were sharing and a true connection to the material as well as observing you smiling while facilitating. Of course there is a fine line between teaching and facilitating and it was clear to me that you have experience in both. Both skill sets can come in useful while sharing the CIT material but we clearly advocate for more facilitation than teaching and I got a sense that we were holding the desire to teach back at times.
Not applicable here as there was no MD or RW
Although I will also suggest some areas to potentially improve with this particular activity in the next question, I did see a whole different energy while initiating this activity and you clearly knew the activity and had prepared well for how to deliver it. With the activity the spark to forest fire with one word response, it seemed that you were almost excited to share the activity and encourage responses quite enthusiastically. I would only have loved to have heard a few more examples with this activity but time was going against you it seemed.
Equanimity slides managed very well, nice relaxed atmosphere created and sense of balance between sharing, eliciting responses and pacing it.
In general, making the participants feel at ease and encouraging their participation in all aspects of the skill was impressive.
Not applicable here as it was led by a co-facilitator
I observed an example where your co-facilitator had asked the group to share examples in order to demonstrate a particular part of the skill and you appeared to step in and to say, ‘maybe we should move on into the next activity’ (It was clear that time was a challenge here, if there is not enough time for the activity, it might be more useful to either leave the activity in order to come back to it in the next session if possible or share your own example and look for responses. This seemed to be in the lead in to the spark to the forest fire activity where the intention is to read out a number of scenarios and look for participants to share their reactions and responses. Your co-facilitator did not appear to be put out or offended in any way but it may have appeared a little disjointed for the participants at this point. It may have been a good idea to have a plan a and plan b if time was going against you or to have even attempted to communicate with your co-facilitator in the private chat option if possible. While facilitating this Spark to Forest Fire activity, I think a second example may have been useful to make it even more interactive and create more opportunities to learn/benefit for the participants. Time seemed against you here f