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The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy Hardcover – Aug 31 2009

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Revised ed. edition (Aug. 31 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470467924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470467923
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
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"Dale Hunter has done it again! She has taken what was already a 'must-read' for our industry, updated it, transformed it, and produced both a road map for aspiring facilitators and a value-added toolbox for crafty veterans. The Making Intervention and Processes chapters alone contain more insights than most books in their entirety."
—Michael Wilkinson, author, The Secrets of Facilitation

This thoroughly revised edition of the classic book on facilitation offers the most current research available on the topics of facilitation and group dynamics. A comprehensive resource for facilitators, trainers, HR professionals, and consultants, The Art of Facilitation describes the profession of group facilitation and the role of a facilitator, and outlines the key elements of facilitation. The book also examines the most common challenges that facilitators face, as well as the ethical issues that pertain to the facilitation process.

Written by Dr. Dale Hunter—acclaimed facilitator, mediator, and coach—this revised edition includes new information on facilitation in organizations, sustainability, therapeutic group work, and online facilitation. The book also includes an examination of the wide range of approaches and methods that have emerged in the field in recent years.

In addition to providing an updated guide to the topic, the book contains a training program that can be used by a group of aspiring facilitators as a peer learning framework. It also includes fifty-two processes that are useful for both facilitators and facilitation educators alike.

About the Author

Dale Hunter is a group facilitator, mediator, coach, and author in the field of facilitation. She is a director of Zenergy, a New Zealand–based company providing facilitation, mediation, and coaching services to government, business, and community sectors.

Stephen Thorpe is a facilitator specializing in online facilitation and a director of Zenergy. He is secretary of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and editor-in-chief of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal.

Hamish Brown is a facilitator and registered psychotherapist specializing in psychodrama.

Anne Bailey is a facilitator and a founding director of Zenergy.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa44c5e10) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa410ba14) out of 5 stars Distinguishing Facilitation Powerfully and Simply March 30 2000
By Hamish Brown - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Art of Facilitation is written in simple language. It cuts through the academic tendency to complicate this domain, and in doing so displays the authors mastery of it.
The Art of Facilitation elucidates what it takes to facilitate groups powerfully and provides pathways, tools and processes for this.
This book will provide people new to facilitation with an intellectual analysis of it and old hands clear pathways to doing complex things simply. I use it all the time as a resource in my pratice as a professional facilitator and it is the required text in facilitator training courses which I lead for Zenergy.
I would also recommend Hunter et al's other books: Co-operacy, The Zen of Groups, The Essence of Facilitation.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa410ba68) out of 5 stars New Facilitators must read! March 27 2000
By Lynn Voss or Elizabeth Voss - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Art of Facilitation is a must read for new facilitators or trainers. It is easy to read and offers practical advice and activities for newcomers to the field of facilitation. This is one of the few facilitation books to offer a chapter on facilitating yourself. Not as advanced as other facilitation books (Masterful Facilitation or Facilitator's Guide to Particiapatory Decision Making) but recommend this as part of any facilitator's library of resources.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa410bea0) out of 5 stars Clear, engaging, informative... dust free Jan. 19 2011
By Daniel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A way of testing the quality of a book is to monitor the amount of dust it collects. Many books are read once, thought about briefly, and then cursed to spend a lonely existence gathering dust on the bottom of a bookshelf.

This book resides happily on my bookshelf, dust free.

There are two primary reasons I find myself continually drawn back to reading the Art of Facilitation. The first is its breadth - it contains a general theoretical overview of facilitation as well as useful practical guidance which is helpful to refer back to. The second reason relates to the gems that it contains. The book is packed full of useful little snippets including processes, intervention strategies, methods for shifting levels in a group as well as questions to reflect on to become a more grounded person/facilitator.

This book is not a fancy, fashionable new approach to facilitation. Neither is it a dense overview of every approach to facilitation possible. It is an informative, very readable, clearly written, highly entertaining book which I would wholeheartedly recommend to novice facilitators as well as those more experienced in the 'Art' of Facilitation.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa410c27c) out of 5 stars A great guide for "first time" facilitators! Sept. 14 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have found this book a great resource to augment the training of first time facilitators and coaches. It provides many practical exercises, with numerous tips that help to demystify facilitation and increase the first time facilitator's success.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa410c018) out of 5 stars Great resource for enhancing facilitation! April 15 2004
By Shannon E. Erdie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found The Art of Facilitation to be an easy-to-read, complete guide in helping to better understand facilitation. I suggest that every beginner facilitator should read this. The authors wrote it specifically outlined and detailed, yet not too complicated. It is a good book to keep close by as a quick reference source. The breakdown of the book allows it to be a wonderful training guide complete with a toolkit to assist your every need of facilitation.