Building Relationships and Adapting to Individual Needs | Stephen Ham

Description

Episode 324: We explore the importance of relationships and adapting to individual needs as a facilitator. The speaker shares their experience working with diverse populations and emphasizes the role of relationships in connecting with participants and creating meaningful outcomes. They discuss the challenge of teaching the importance of relationships and share strategies for building trust and rapport with groups. The conversation also touches on the concept of buy-in and the need to present the value and purpose of activities to participants. The speaker highlights the importance of vulnerability and feedback in facilitating group dynamics and emphasizes the need to adjust facilitation goals based on the group’s needs.

Episode Takeaways:

  • Building relationships is crucial in connecting with participants and adapting facilitation style to meet their needs.
  • The role of trust and rapport in facilitating meaningful outcomes and creating a safe space for participants to learn and grow.
  • Presenting the value and purpose of activities is essential in gaining buy-in from participants.
  • Being vulnerable and open to feedback as a facilitator can help build trust and improve group dynamics.
  • Adjusting facilitation goals based on the needs of the group is important for meeting their social-emotional learning needs.