WHAT IS A PERSONAL FACILITATION STYLE? AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Even if you’re just starting out as a museum educator, guide or facilitator, you have a style (even if you don’t think you do!).
This is the way we show up and the things we are known for.
It’s also about how we see ourselves and how others see us too.
Every time we start a tour or an educational programme with a group, we are communicating something about ourselves.
Your group, your participants will also be reading you as you do your job. So, it’s important that we all spend some time thinking about whether our groups are perceiving us as we want to be perceived.
Your unique personal facilitation style is what makes you stand out as an educator, guide or facilitator.
As you draw on your toolbox of techniques, tools and methods, all the experience and experiences you bring with you, your own way of connecting and communicating with groups – all of this is what makes you, you.
It’s your USP and how you do it will be different to how your colleagues or peers do it.
So, it’s what makes you stand out and uniquely you. It’s important to know what your particular brand is.
Self-awareness – knowing yourself – and self-management – choosing our responses and behaviour – are important in our work. These form the foundations of emotional maturity, gives us more stability and makes us more effective at what we do.
Knowing what your own personal style of facilitation is part of this. When you facilitate truly as yourself, you can connect better with your audience and design and lead more engaging experiences.
It’s important to note too that your style will change and grow as you change and grow. My facilitation style is not exactly the same as it was 10, or even 5 years ago. But whether you’ve been doing this for years or have just started out, it’s never too late to do some work on defining your personal style.