What does it mean to be a great training facilitator

Most of us working in learning and development get involved in training delivery. This usually involves a bit of teaching and a lot of facilitation.

We work this out over many years. Maybe we start by giving PowerPoint lectures, and only over time, as we learn more about our craft and gain in confidence, are we able to take a step back and focus on the process and a lot less on the content of training sessions.

This is facilitation: the management of the process that allows learning and understanding to emerge from discussion, activity and feedback.

I’ve been doing this for years, and I think I’m pretty good at it – but like many other trainers (or facilitators), I have no theoretical foundation to understand what I’m doing or how I could do it even better.

In this discussion with Nick Eve, he explains the theory that underpins great facilitation, and shows how this leads to effective facilitation behaviours.

This is a Trainer Tools Essential Podcast

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 Nick Eve


Nick Eve specialises in developing people’s facilitation skills. His work is all about developing people’s ability to run groups professionally and effectively. He has been doing this since 1994. Before that he worked as a facilitator in organisational development. His fascination with groups and the role of the facilitator in enhancing their effectiveness has grown out of his own experiences, both with organisations and also from his group psychotherapy background read more about Nick here.

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About John Tomlinson
Learning & Development / Change Management / Host of the Trainer Tools podcast

2 Responses to What does it mean to be a great training facilitator

  1. Brian O'Neill says:

    Thank you for a most enjoyable and informative podcast. Being retired I’m out of the game but Nick’s reported experience and insights brought a lot of it back and reminded me of the principles and good practices of facilitation. When I do the occasional bit of lecturing this will make me more aware of the bad habits I’ve slipped into. Well done, Nick.

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    • Thanks Brian, really appreciate your comment. I agree, I think Nick’s podcast should be essential listening for all facilitators, old and new – I learnt a huge amount from recording the podcast and now you’ve inspired me to listen again!

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