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I felt that you lead this part of the session wonderfully Michael and with ease and confidence. From the opening seconds of welcoming the participants in for the session and inviting all of us to take a minute to settle ourselves, ‘get ourselves comfortable’. You lead a very clear and supportive conversation around confidentiality and the potential within the session to trigger or be triggered by the nature of the content, the potential need and permission given to ground, track and or resource if it was deemed necessary.
You lead a welcome check in which seemed perfectly tones and appropriate with the week of heightened emotion that has just gone by for the whole group and I liked the way you modelled the check in using your own word and demonstrated the amount of time you were inviting participants to share
You created a sense of encouragement for others to also share within the session by sharing yourself at any opportunity you deemed it appropriate. You did this while recapping on the previous skills with personal connections and then sharing your understanding of forgiveness in the past when you were in your 20’s and 30’s as apposed to learning what it means to you now, ‘Forgiveness not necessarily meaning that you need to break break with someone who has hurt you’.
You took on the role in skill 6 of managing the Powerpoint slides and it appeared that you lead and supported your co-facilitators very well, professionally and even when on the rare occasion of your screen freezing for example or the slides not always cooperating with you, you showed a sense of calm, composure and honesty with the participants about what was happening before getting back on track. While explaining your sections of skill 6, you seemed 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 cultivating gratitude. I interpreted a sense of honesty while you were sharing and a true connection to the material as well as observing you smiling while facilitating and being passionate about what you were sharing. In fact you shared at one point that ‘ideas were popping’ showing almost excitement with the flow of the conversation.
I felt that you lead from within the group as well as your role as facilitator. Making follow up supportive comments in the chat as well as answering/prompting/sharing when it was deemed necessary when your co-facilitators asked for group responses and this didn’t appear false, prepared or choreographed in any way to me.
References to the material on a number of occasions, encouraging folks without saying it to use the CIT material in order to reaffirm and hit home the learning.
Nice transitions and Segway’s to metaphors.
This was not applicable to Michael as another co facilitator took on this role.
Clarity of engagement, managing the questions from the group while leading/facilitating and adding conversations from the chat only to add to the strength of the conversation. Connection with the participants and honest sharing. Encouraging responses to the material and sharing appropriate affirmations when participants shared.
Chat sharing, just shared the adequate amount it seemed and let folks know they were contributing and being valued. I did not get a sense of you being or feeling rushed at any point and yet you managed to get through the Cultivating Gratitude slides in just 7 minutes along with examples which showed great time management when it needed to be managed in order to get through all the material that you had planned to get through.
Your personal sharing and appropriate use of examples was a strong point (for example the driving example while explaing how we might have gratitude for what people may not have done. This was clear and assisted in communicating the message behind the material. I liked the way you used the phrase ‘just think about that for a second’, mentioning the statement again, ‘what people have not done’. Great facilitation here.
Demonstrating active listening while participants are speaking (nodding, eye contact, etc)
Another component that has to be pointed out while looking at things that went exceptionally well would have to be your co-facilitation and how all three of you blended so well to deliver the material to the participants and extract honest, deep sharing while providing boundaries and support but not therapy.
I genuinely struggled to come up with any concrete suggestions here which is a huge compliment. If I had to pick on something, it would would be something that I actually got a lot out of and on a separate note, agree with what you were saying and happy to chat more about but potentially may be too much information for some of the participants who may not be familiar with what you were referring to while mentioning the piece in the opening stages of the session about the inflammation of the body and how many of the conditions ending in ‘Itus’ may be connected with holding onto things and not releasing them in an act like forgiveness. While this may very well be true and connected to the content, it may also be challenged by participants and is not in the material as something to introduce to the group as a facilitator. Having said that, it a participant had brought it up as a point or indeed a question, I have no doubt that they would have connected with the perfect person to explain this connection.