Facilitation Techniques (Practical Advice Cards)


Facilitation Techniques (Practical Advice Cards)


This collection of games features a deck of 52 cards, each with a piece of practical advice related to facilitating members of a team to identify desirable goals and to achieve them. The game manual (download free of charge) contains detailed instructions for playing 20 different games (which can accommodate 1-100 players and last from 10 minutes to 52 weeks) with this deck of cards.


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We are in the age of participation: People want to share their ideas, opinions, and complaints. They want to be a part of strategic planning and decision-making initiatives. They organize themselves into project teams, focus groups, political action committees, and self-help assemblies. In this context, we no longer need managers or leaders. What we need are facilitators who are supportive, unbiased, and objective and who have the skills for trapping ideas from a diverse group of people and for using them to solve problems, plan strategies, manage change, resolve conflicts, and improve processes. This collection of card games helps you master the techniques for being a competent facilitator.

The Cards

The deck contains 52 cards, each with a piece of practical advice related to facilitating groups. The advice on each card is self-contained, evidence-based, useful, and usable. The pieces of advice are not based on any single book or a single model for facilitation. Instead, they are based on our analysis of several books, research reports, case studies, online forums, conference sessions, and interviews with subject-matter experts.

The Games

While you can read the advice on each card and implement it at work and home, what makes this training tool effective and engaging is the collection of 15 different games. These games can be played by different numbers of people (from 1 to 100) and last for different periods of time (from 10 minutes to 52 weeks).

The games require the players to take a piece of advice and analyze it, apply it, challenge it, critique it, discuss it, evaluate it, explain it, identify its essence, plan its application, predict consequences of applying it, anticipate negative consequences of implementing it, use it to solve problems, provide examples of its application, relate it to the workplace, view it from different perspectives, suggest improvements on it, summarize it, find supporting evidence for it, and teach it to others. In other words, the games encourage in-depth understanding of important guidelines and mindful planning for their implementation.

Game Booklet

Download a free copy of the game booklet. (No purchase necessary.)