Facilitation Tools

Using suitable facilitation tools can create focus and energy in the group, and can take your next meeting or training into new heights. This is a list of my favorite tools that I personally find just brilliant.

A piece of rope

You can do amazing things with a rope. You can divide the room in two parts by laying it on the floor (or the table), and ask people going to take side depending on their opinion regarding to an important question. Or you can ask people to use it as a story-line, for illustrating their story, where the rope goes up when things went good, and goes down when they met challenges. The possibilities are limitless!

Blindfolds

Another simple must-have tool in your facilitator bag. You can facilitate trust walk with them; or blindfold a person and let others guide him through the rearranged meeting room; or just blindfold everyone in the middle of the meeting, and let them continue with their business discussion; you will find how creative and amazing learning points will emerge.

Balloons

Balloons are obviously from another planet where life is incredibly exciting. They always bring fun and creativity. You can let people keeping them in the air in pairs; you can facilitate a volleyball game where they can only use their head, or only can blow the balloons (combinations: you can use your rope as the net; and you can blindfold the active players, and let "managers" guide the active players). Fun and energy is guaranteed! And did you know that a popping balloon is the surest cure for jet lag experienced by meeting participants?

The MTa Maxi Experiential Learning Toolkit

This is an incredible source of learning activities. Are you looking for memorable activities to improve Teamwork? Leadership? Awareness/alignment about business priorities? Communication? Performance management? Problem solving? Chances are you will find it there.
www.mtalearning.com/

OK You and Me

A great communication board game developed by Keke Quei (a facilitator from Taiwan and OD-Tools Solution Provider). In this game, participants answer questions or share things according to instructions written on cards. They pick cards randomly after throwing a dice. Superb ice-breaker or energizer, that you can use with any level of employees.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/kekequei 

The Roger Greenaway TTT

This is a must course for both the beginner and the expert facilitator. The way Roger uses simple facilitation tools and techniques is mind-blowing. The course is simple, practical, and inspiring. Participants obtain a diverse set of tools that will keep their workshops fresh and dynamic for years. The facilitation and debriefing techniques taught can be applied in Team Building, Leadership Development, Management Workshops, Soft-Skill Training, Technical Training, and even in formal education.
www.reviewing.co.uk