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Best practices

How we vet facilitators

By
Brian Park
,
Founder & CEO at Foreword
2
Min read
Foreword logo - white
Best practices

How we vet facilitators

By
Brian Park
,
Founder & CEO at Foreword
2
Min read
Foreword logoBest practices

How we vet facilitators

Foreword makes it easy for startup employees to develop essential skills in the shortest time.

All of the facilitators featured on Foreword go through a rigorous vetting process.

Our process has been designed by experts in adult L&D from leading in-house L&D departments that understand the need to deliver punchy, impactful workshops. Those very same experts play a hands on role throughout the vetting process as well.

Of all the applicants interested in joining our community of facilitators, we only work with the top 5%.

1. Sourcing the best facilitators

We're looking for those that are not only domain experts with superior content, but are also deeply engaging and can resonate with the culture of the companies we support. We source our facilitators through a combination of referrals, inbound interest as well as proactive outreach to promising candidates.

2. Reviewing applications

Just like a job application, we review the background of applicants. We're looking for relevant experience around their topic areas, how long they've been facilitating for, and some signals of social proof around their sessions (e.g. companies they've supported).

3. Initial conversations

Aside from experience, this is where we're getting a sense for someone's motivation and how they got into facilitating workshops. It's also helpful to get a sense for their personality and how engaging they are.

4. Mock sessions

We ask facilitators to hold a mini-workshop with a small group of Foreword team members. For each of these, we have specific evaluation criteria that must be met. We mainly look for adherence to principles of adult learning.

5. Ongoing support for our facilitators

Once someone joins our community of facilitators, we continue to support them through a variety of means. Whether that's dry-run's with feedback or reviewing the content for their sessions, our experts in adult L&D are there to support them.

6. Ongoing ratings and reviews from our learners

After each session, we gather feedback and ratings from all of the participants. This is incredibly helpful for ongoing quality assurance and to surface constructive feedback so that we're constantly improving and honing our craft.

Brian Park
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Brian Park
As the CEO, among a million other things, Brian spends a lot of his time talking to Foreword users and People people. He occasionally writes about his experience as a startup founder as well as articles to help the community.

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