As a professional facilitator you must have tools that give you easy, reliable and professional ways to connect with your participants and have all them connect with each other.
You need them engaged, ready to collaborate, keen to learn and open to change.
Whether it's a short opening activity to quickly establish the tone for a session or a half-day intensive team process requiring creativity and rigourous decision making, picture-based CCS Cards will elegantly improve the quality and equality of the communication in your small and large group activities.
Visually facilitating with CCS Cards is a flexible approach that will slip easily into your existing programs (either planned or on the spur of the moment) and has the rigour to form the foundation of full transformational group processes.
"I have told you more in these 5 cards and these 5 minutes, than I have shared with friends I have known for years!"
People tend to perform best in a friendly and non-threatening environment where they feel connected and supported. Connection from the very beginning of a group session builds trust, increases disclosure, generates energy and lays a good foundation for learning and collaboration.
Participants need to connect with you, the facilitator, with the other participants in the room, and with the content you are about to share. The more quickly you are able to achieve this connection, the more easily and effectively you can facilitate learning and growth.
Quite simply, the CCS is a superlative tool for creating connection at meetings, group sessions and events. It's uncomplicated, immediate, enjoyable to use and builds surprisingly strong connections in a very short space of time.
Using the CCS to create connections you will:
"We wouldn't even think about running a program without the CCS. It just feels flat without it!"
Perhaps the most important facilitation step in people development and learning is ensuring that participants are fully engaged and ready to join in and complete the task at hand. Participants must feel that what they are about to be deal with is relevant, required and beneficial. They must be motivated to want to find out more and to stay on task and in the process.
By its very nature, the CCS is a excellent tool for creating engagement. Almost without realising it, participants uncover, ponder and openly share their ideals, thoughts and feelings. In doing so, they become motivated to investigate, compare, contrast and assimilate new content with their own ideas. In a facilitated group environment this leads to discussion, disclosure, enrichment, collaboration and engagement.
CCS group processes create engagement by:
"Most importantly the CCS enables you to achieve an outcome of shared understanding more quickly than traditional dialogue."
Transformation is the end game of people development. It's about creating a marked change in behaviour or understanding. Transformation happens when people are emotionally connected and moved by what they see or experience. It is this emotion that will lead them to action. The CCS gives facilitators a reliable way to help their participants raise, feel and discuss their lived experiences. A way to literally see meaning to see reasons to transform.
CCS group and self-reflective processes give participants compelling ways to share their information. People are often proud and enthusiastic about their CCS choices and genuinely 'own' their interpretations of their chosen images. Talking and writing about these choices can help them to take action. Participants often experience a 'visual gap' between the ideal behaviour they have just layed out in CCS choices and their common daily practice. This is a powerful motivator for transformation.
Beyond the training room: in many cases transformation can only happen when your training lives beyond the training room — when the learning or strategy is transferred to the workplace or participants' personal lives. By embedding CCS vision packs and stickers into people development programs, facilitators can provide participants with CCS transfer activities to give them ways to further their learning and discussion with colleagues, friends and family beyond the training room.
CCS Master Kits include everything professional facilitators need to get started quickly and the know how and value for good long term investment.
All Master Kits include the CCS Facilitators Manual and various combinations of CCS vision packs, stickers and other products. Choose the kit that suits your needs and add to it as you go.
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A few examples to illustrate a few ways the CCS has been used by different facilitators to do the job they were brought in to do.
A customer service team, 2 day retreat. Half the team knew each other already, half were relatively new. The challenge was to connect and plan for the busy year ahead.
"Stunning! The environment has settled. Here we are at our busiest time of year ... and this team is humming. They are more open and trust each other."
Merging two teams after a restructure. 23 participants, finance industry.
"One of the best team building sessions ever! It has helped us to pinpoint our strengths and weaknesses and provoked a high level of involvement – especially from the quieter members of the teams."
Develop company values that are current and relevant. A selection of employees from different departments in the organisation brought together for 1 day to formulate the company values.
"This session absolutely nailed it. We went on a journey and came out the other side with fresh values that we 'own' and will commit to."
Rod, Professional Facilitator
Referring to a leadership program
Educe: organisational and people development by eduction.