What to look out for on the edge of your vision
One of the most important skills of a facilitator is having good peripheral
vision – an awareness of those things happening just out of your focus.
This is a handy ability in life, too, of course, and it protects us from
danger even as we concentrate on a particular task.
You can develop your peripheral vision skill as a facilitator or workshop
leader when you give an instruction to the people in the room. It’s
possible simply to assume everyone will have understood what you meant – and
perhaps they have. Equally likely, some won’t have got it. If you take
care to have a look around during these moments, you’ll see from people’s
reactions how close they are to understanding. And it’s easy then to add
the extra detail or nudge that they need.
Without that use of peripheral vision, off they may go, to do who know what
strange version of whatever you had in mind. And you’re now faced with the
tough work of getting things back on track.
It’s a skill that we take care to develop throughout our facilitation
training programme. Contact Paul@impro.org.uk for more details or see our latest events.
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