Facilitation: About Professional Facilitators

Here at LEEWAY we specialise in facilitation, with Nikki & Louise holding Certified™ Professional Facilitator status with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).

Facilitator is an often misused and misunderstood word, so we thought we’d take five minutes to set out what we mean by it.

Facilitators fill an impartial role in helping groups become more effective. We set aside our personal opinions and support a group in making its own choices. Facilitators act as process guides and create a balance between ensuring individual participation and producing meaningful results.

Typically, we create a collaborative relationship with our client and co-design a group session with you.  We’d listed to what you want to cover, then plan appropriate group processes, create and sustain a participatory environment, then guide the group to appropriate and useful outcomes.

IAF-CPF-Logo-emailObtaining Certified Professional Facilitator status is demanding, requiring evidence of a solid body of work, followed by thorough written & practical assessments.  Re-certification is required every 3 years.

Nikki re-certified in December, and during the process was commended for leading the global field in Digital Facilitation, with a level of experience rarely seen in professional facilitators.  She shared some of this experience in a 2018 interview.

Over the years we’ve put both digital & face-to-face facilitation to work supporting clients in a wide variety of sessions, including:

  • Leadership meetings
  • Strategy planning, away-days & residential off-site sessions
  • Industry consultations
  • Academic and research sessions
  • Board meetings
  • Rolling weekly & monthly operational meetings.

Please reach out to us at hello@leewayco.com to learn more.