What facilitating learning is all about w/ Pepe Nummi

Pepe Nummi Master Facilitator Grape People
Pepe Nummi Master Facilitator Grape People – Copyright Pepe Nummi

As learning & development professionals, we use the terms facilitation, coaching, and training interchageably.

But which is which and when should you coach or train or facilitate?

Today’s guest Pepe Nummi is the Founder and Managing Director of Grape People, a Finnish company which has helped over 15,000 students to become facilitators.

Pepe is also the author of a the Handbook of Professional Facilitation: Theory Tools Design. 450 pages covering what you need to know to become a top professional facilitator. 

You’re going to come away with loads from an expert workshop facilitator!

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Professional facilitators help their clients to get involved, create ideas and make decisions…

Pepe Nummi – Handbook of Professional Facilitation

International Association of Facilitators

The world has changed. There is knowledge everywhere.”

“This means that knowledge doesn’t always need to come from the trainer”,
says Pepe.”

“You can use facilitation when your group already have knowledge but need you to help them use it.

Professional facilitators help their clients to get involved, create ideas and make decisions.

As a professional facilitator, you must remain neutral – Pepe Nummi Tweet

The International Association of Facilitators considers ‘neutrality’ the most important competence for professional facilitators.  

This means that you as a facilitator must remain neutral.

You should not censor, edit or steer your group’s ideas created in your facilitation workshop

Encourage thinking in your workshop

If your group asks you for your ideas and opinions, you can encourage their thinking by asking them questions.

  • I can see that this is a difficult situation for you. What could you do next?
  • You have a challenge here. Which other solutions could you come up with?
  • That sounds tricky. Which of the workshop tools we have looked at would you like to try?

As the facilitator, you are creating the conditions to help your clients help themselves.

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Take-aways you don’t want to miss

  • What is facilitation exactly?
  • Which kinds of your clients need facilitation?
  • What are the differences between training and facilitation?
  • Which skills do you need to become a facilitator?
  • Which kinds of work are best suited to facilitation?

Some links for you

IAF – International Association of Facilitators
Grape People – Pepe’s facilitation website
Amazon – Handbook of Professional Facilitation


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