Hi there fellow Learning and Development folks, here are some thoughts on co-facilitation. What has worked for you? Do you think co-facilitation is a good approach? I am looking forward to reading your thoughts.
It is like dancing in pairs. Requires practice, intuition and excellent communication. You look beautiful and funny and engaging with free-flowing moves if you got it, or else ends up looking like a poorly orchestrated debacle. I have experienced both.
If you work for a consulting firm, you may be asked to co-facilitate a workshop/training. You may know your co-facilitator or you may not. Either way, confirm the following.
Figure out the "Why" first. Is there a need for a co-facilitator in the first place? Is it a large group size? Is it that you bring value to the training in some way? Get a clear picture of your role before the training day.
Sometimes the co-facilitator assumes that you are his/her assistant. Are you okay with that? Prepare yourself mentally how you will handle that if that occurs on the training day, in the client's office?
- Clarify your responsibilities with each other early on to avoid confusion.
- Mark your content on the schedule and plan your sections like a screenplay. This is especially important when you have not worked together.
- Does the co-facilitator need your help at some point in the workshop? or vice versa? If yes, get the specifics.
- What if the cofacilitator is hogging the spotlight? How will that impact you emotionally as a trainer? Prepare yourself.