Appendix


“Appendix,” Facilitating Groups for Self-Reliance (2016)

“Appendix,” Facilitating Groups

Appendix

Find a Better Job: Meeting Options

While this course is a 12-week commitment, your options for meetings are flexible. Many groups choose to go through the 10 chapters of Find a Better Job within the first two weeks so they can start practicing and putting those skills to work right away in their job search.

Once you have completed all of the chapters in Find a Better Job, continue to meet at least weekly for the remaining 12 weeks. These meetings are about an hour, and you will use the “Sharpen Your Skills” section to report on your commitments, study the “My Foundation” section, practice your skills, and make weekly commitments.

Here are a few suggestions that other groups have found effective.You can use these suggestions or come up with your own meeting options. Sample agendas are on page 17.

Option 1:

Meet for 8–9 hours for the first meeting to complete all of the chapters. Then meet weekly for about an hour for the remaining 11 weeks.

Option 2:

Meet twice for 4–5 hours each within the first two weeks to complete all of the chapters. Then meet weekly for about an hour for the remaining 10 weeks.

Option 3:

Meet four times for 2–3 hours each within the first two weeks to complete all of the chapters. Then meet weekly for about an hour for the remaining 10 weeks.

Option 4:

Meet weekly for 2 hours each week, doing one chapter a week. It will take 10 weeks to complete all of the chapters. Meet weekly for about an hour for the remaining 2 weeks.

Agendas

Option 1

Meeting 1 (8–9 hours)

Meetings 2–12 (1–1.5 hours)

My Foundation

Chapters 1–10

Commit

Report

My Foundation

Sharpen My Skills

Commit

Option 2

Meeting 1 (4–5 hours)

Meeting 2 (4–5 hours)

Meetings 3–12 (1–1.5 hours)

My Foundation

Chapters 1–5

Commit

Report

My Foundation

Chapters 6–10

Commit

Report

My Foundation

Sharpen My Skills

Commit

Option 3

Meeting 1 (3 hours)

Meeting 2 (2 hours)

Meeting 3 (3 hours)

Meeting 4 (2 hours)

Meetings 5–14 (1–1.5 hours)

My Foundation

Chapters 1–3

Commit

Chapters 4–6

Report

My Foundation

Chapters 7–8

Commit

Chapters 9–10

Report

My Foundation

Sharpen My Skills

Commit

Option 4

Meeting 1 (2 hours)

Meetings 2–10 (2 hours)

Meetings 11–12 (1–1.5 hours)

My Foundation

Chapter 1

Commit

Report

My Foundation

Chapters 2–10 (1 per week)

Commit

Report

My Foundation

Sharpen My Skills

Commit

Facilitator Self-Assessment

After each group meeting, review the statements below. How well are you doing?

How am I doing as a facilitator?

Never

Sometimes

Often

Always

  1. I contact group members during the week.

  1. I share my excitement and love for each group member.

  1. I help ensure that every group member reports on his or her commitments.

  1. I talk less than other group members. Everyone participates equally.

  1. I let group members answer questions instead of answering them myself.

  1. I stay within the recommended time for each section and activity.

  1. I make time for the “Ponder” section so the Holy Ghost can guide group members.

  1. I follow the workbook as written and complete all sections and activities.

How is my group doing?

Never

Sometimes

Often

Always

  1. Group members love, encourage, and serve each another.

  1. Group members keep their commitments.

  1. Group members are achieving both temporal and spiritual results.

  1. Action partners regularly contact and encourage each other during the week.

Notes