The art of large group facilitation

Connection – a powerful feeling that has been shown to increase productivity up to 25% within a team. In February, Alluvial facilitated an 80-person divisional day for a sector within the Provincial Government, where the central theme was connection. The day was not just about fostering a deeper understanding of the work they were engaged in, but also about building stronger bonds amongst team members.

At the heart of any successful organization are its people. They are the driving force behind innovation, productivity, and ultimately, success. However, maintaining a sense of cohesion and unity among employees is easier said than done, especially in large organizations. This is where the art of large group facilitation comes into play.

Large group facilitation is not just about hosting events with a substantial participant list. It is about creating shared understanding and connections that participants hold onto long after the session is over. It is about creating a space where every person feels heard, valued, and connected to the larger purpose of the organization. Bringing employees together and in-person—whether it is for a divisional day, a team-building activity, or a strategic planning session—enables organizations to tap into the collective experience, creativity, and passion of their domain, ultimately building a culture of alignment, and empowerment.

These sessions allow organizations to break down silos and foster collaboration across teams, branches, and program areas. They can also play a pivotal role in driving organizational change. Whether implementing a new product, responding to changing priorities, or undergoing a methodology shift, change is inevitable. How organizations manage that change that determines their long-term success.  When facilitated effectively, large group facilitation events provide a safe space for open dialogue, idea exchange, and collaboration—all of which are essential for empowerment, buy-in, problem solving, and shared commitment across any organization.

When used effectively—by inviting the right people and scheduling at appropriate intervals—large group facilitation is a powerful tool to drive the success of an organization. As an experienced facilitator, it cannot be stressed enough that the success of these workshops relies on the design and preparation when planning and organizing these events. It was Abraham Lincoln who said: ‘If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six hours sharpening my axe.”

Please connect with us if you’d like facilitation support for your organization’s next event.