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Terry and his co-facilitator did a great job of this from moment one. He was welcoming, warm, and added a personal touch to the welcome. Great presence with the group. Lovely, poetic opening.
Using the power point slides as a guide to the content is important as it helps to keep the facilitator on target. The slides also help participants better understand the concepts and material as they can put words together with pictures in many cases for a better grasp of the material. Don't be afraid to use the slides as a reference point to keep you focused and on point.
The recognition of the participants when they provided thoughts, comments, stories, experiences, or feedback was excellent. That also helped to create the safe space mentioned above. Individual recognition is important to help all participants feel like they are contributing members of the group.
It was clear that Terry and his partner worked together to coordinate in advance. They were a great team.
Acknowledged all the comments from participants in a manner that made them feel heard and important as part of the group.
Appreciated Terry offering to "be a friend" to fellow FITs/Participants. Very nice touch.
A little too long on the check in. Recognize when folks are done and move on to the next topic. Monitoring time is a skill that will come with time and practice. Every group is different and will take some practice to figure out what information can be shortened or how a session can be modified depending on the "talkative" nature of the participants.
Try to avoid totalizing language or lumping "all" people or things in to one group. Millennials are all...
Perhaps use CIT definition of self-compassion and its inclusion of self-transformation rather than the Buddhist definition emphasizing self-care (and omitting self-transformation).