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Do You Know the Difference Between Training and Facilitation?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

From the learner’s perspective, there is probably very little difference between training and facilitation. Effective L&D pros, however, know better.

The ATD Learning System says that training “supports learner’s needs to ensure effective learning and improved workplace performance.” Meanwhile, it explains that facilitation “supports processes and teams by developing and coaching performers, selecting and integrating the best tools, and coordinating the improvement.” Check out the infographic below for some key attributes of training versus facilitation skills.


Still not clear enough? For a deeper study into this topic, join me for an upcoming Facilitation Skills Certificate program. I look forward to seeing you there!


About the Author

Robyn Rickenbach is the president of Springboard International. She is an innovative, strategic thinker and an exceptional facilitator. For more than 25 years, she has facilitated collaborative decision making, empowered teams to achieve more, and served as a catalyst to create a positive, long-term impact for organizational teams. Springboard International is a practice of organizational effectiveness, facilitators, and coaches; learn more at

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