Writing about facilitation in ways that help others – a checklist

I recently had an article published in the Journal of the Association for Management Education and Development.

A Writing Checklist for Critical Friendship conversations

Journal of the Association for Management Education and Development - Sharing experiences of facilitation through writing - Volume 25 | Number 2 | Summer 2018 You can find the full version in Volume 25 No 2 of the journal here: http://bit.ly/AMEDJournal25-2 - alongside lots of other useful articles on writing and facilitation.Here’s an brief excerpt with practical applications… Enjoy.

  1. Set ground rules
  2. Clarify intent – including objective, audience, tone – and hoped for action
  3. Read the texts aloud
  4. Analyse using objective tools
  5. Discuss what was good
  6. What was difficult
  7. What you might do differently
  8. Edit, rinse and repeat
  9. Don’t forget to share…

… and here are two online tools for writing which you can use

  • hemingwayapp.com – quick and free to use online, offline app download also available
  • readable.io – broader analysis of your writing – try for free.

Also, you might like to explore these four books on writing 

  1. Several Short Sentences about Writing – Verlyn Klinkenborg
  2. Elements of Style – William Strunk
  3. Bird by Bird: Instructions for Writing and Life – Anne Lamott
  4. Why I Write – George Orwell

You can find the full article (including more about what Critical Friendships are) in Volume 25 No 2 of the Journal of the Association for Management Education and Development. It is set alongside lots of other useful writing on and about facilitation from other leading practitioners. Big thanks to editors Steve Dilworth and Bob MacKenzie.