Yesterday, a colleague sent a short youtube clip that humorously depicts the importance of clear facilitation instructions. I was thrilled to laugh at the easy (and common) mistake the video showed.
Many times, new facilitators worry about their abilities to give instruction and sometimes fall into the trap of blaming participants for “not following” directions. This trap limits the growth of facilitators and creates distance between facilitators and participants. Reflection on a workshop can really assist a facilitator to see how participants are responding to their instruction giving and refine how (and why) they are giving instructions. And of course, having a good sense of humor about the reflection is generally useful!