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Facilitation and Mentoring

Video #5 explores support techniques that members of a governing body may need to participate more effectively. Facilitation is an accommodation with the primary purpose of assisting a member to contribute productively to board or council business. A facilitator prepares with the member by reviewing meeting materials and planning how to support member participation. During meetings, a facilitator will often assist discreetly by helping the member ask questions, express opinions, and/or follow meeting processes. Using a volunteer mentor, who is a member of a board or committee, is another way to help a members learn about and manage their role.

At the end of this video, you will automatically be returned to the main screen. Look for Worksheet #5 “Facilitation and Mentoring.” Click on the icon. A PDF document will open, please complete the questions. When finished, save to your computer and or print a copy. 

In the resource section of this website, you will find a new publication “Facilitation: Purpose, Practice and Planning.” Click the icon for detailed information about facilitation and mentoring. There are also additional Boardsmanship publications and links to useful websites


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Thank you for participating in our training series. As you have learned, joining a governing body, like a council, board of directors or committee is an extraordinary opportunity to contribute and strengthen leadership skills. Governance takes teamwork and is a privilege to be taken seriously and carried out with commitment. Your interest and dedication will bring opportunities for learning, and make a difference in the lives of people in your community.