Training is didactic - it's one person teaching another person how to do something. The trainer is a teacher.
Facilitation (or facilitated learning) is the art of raising a challenging or controversial topic and encouraging the participants to take more control of their learning process.
Facilitation is collaborative. It is especially effective for colleagues who need a structure for thinking through new information, issues, or ideas, like during strategic planning sessions or executive retreats.
A facilitator provides the structure and tools, controls the energy in the room, models the expected behavior, helps everyone to be heard, respects all viewpoints, and leads the discussion to a conclusion without influencing the result.
Bottom Line - Training involves learning - facilitation involves both learning and thinking.
Facilitated training can happen in half-day, full-day, or week-long workshops, or through continuous learning programs.
Facilitated programs can exponentially improve your company's leadership development programs.
Nothing changes until people take charge, and that only happens when they discover the power of personal leadership.
Away from the distractions of the workplace, and with the guidance of a skilled master facilitator, powerful shifts happen quickly.