“The facilitator’s job is to support the group to do their best thinking. This means, encouraging full participation, promoting mutual understanding, fostering inclusive solutions and teaching new thinking skills.” Sam Kaner

We believe this is a fundamental difference between a trainer and a facilitator and why it is important to focus on the art of facilitation. The ability to embrace each of these four functions effectively, enables our team to not only strengthen the skills, awareness and confidence of group members but it also strengthens the structure and capacity of the group as a whole.

Leadership and Management development through tailored workshops and post workshop support is what we focus on at Richard Powell Learning.

If you engage Richard Powell Learning for workshop facilitation, what do you get?

It has been estimated that:

Less than half the skills and information learned in a training workshop will be transferred to the job immediately after the training session, unless leaders and managers follow up on their employee’s performance and application of the knowledge gained.
Within 6 months, as much as three-quarters of training can be lost without follow-up
After 1 year, some employees will retain as little as 10 percent to 15 percent of what they learn in training unless learning has been reinforced.


This is always the key challenge for all facilitation and learning. It is abundantly clear that over time and through personal experience this is where the greatest value can be found. If you are looking for your teams to change; evolve; grow it is important to encourage and develop strategies that support the facilitation, rather than simply relying on the facilitation alone.

Richard Powell Learning takes the development of people one step further by through inspirational facilitation, coaching and practice. This enables our facilitation to not only meet individual needs but also the needs of the organisation. But we don’t stop there!

As part of the facilitation approach we also reinforce the learning through direct reference to the organisation strategy, mission, vison and values, as well as supporting the learning outside of the workshop.

How will Richard Powell Learning assist?

Facilitation, on the job practice, coaching, ongoing support and a genuine focus on development, is clearly designed to provide and improve the retention of knowledge. In fact, it is four times more likely to lead to sustained change in individual behaviour. The key to your businesses success is having skilled, motivated and engaged employees, therefore an investment in their development and future growth is paramount.

We endeavour to deliver on our core values which in turn develops the potential of your people. We focus on delivering programs that are engaging, practical and harness real life experiences. This approach allows for skills and knowledge to immediately be transferred into the workforce. A key benefit of our short courses is you will obtain new skills without having to commit to a longer learning period and you will receive follow up initiatives designed to enhance knowledge retention.

Richard’s formal qualifications include Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Leadership and Management, and an Arts Degree in Humanities. This knowledge is applied to ensure a tailored program is developed to meet the specific needs of you, your team and organisation.

The ability to relate, develop trust and reinforce learning is a core leadership skill. Richard Powell Learning can assist in developing these skills and many others in you and your teams. We of course take our facilitation seriously and through our passion for people development we are able to deliver learning episodes that are not only meaningful but also encourage ongoing self-reflection, a willingness to change and a strong commitment to embed improved behaviours.