Using Functional Fluency for Reflective Practice as a Trainer/Facilitator

Using Functional Fluency for Reflective Practice as a Trainer/Facilitator

I use the Functional Fluency model in my own professional evaluation of my training sessions. The Modes provide a structure for purposeful reflection. This allows me to keep my training room fresh and relational. Especially when I am repeating the same training to different groups over a period of time, Functional Fluency allows me to identify very quickly when I am getting lazy, and when I am ‘on it’ so to speak.

 Here are the kind of questions I find helpful:Rona Rowe

  • What did I do which worked for this group and what didn’t work. How do I know?
  • Did I overuse some of the behaviours or the opposite.
  • Was there balance, was there flexibility?
  • What did I not account for?


And when I don’t know how the session has gone, the Accounting Mode is great for reducing my self-critical agitation and helping me think clearly again.

 Another thing I find Functional Fluency really useful for is when I’m trying to work out how and why I have got ‘hooked’ by a participant. The model allows me to analyse the transactions and stay in ‘compassionate control’ of my weaknesses. I can see the patterns when they emerge, and am better able to hold myself to the ‘Fab 5’ positive Modes in the moment, when that particular hook appears again!

 I think Functional Fluency is a kind and robust friend to independent practitioners who work alone, and still strive for professional excellence.

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