Description: So you’ve been asked to facilitate a meeting. What does that mean exactly?
Do you just ensure that everyone’s introduced, and maybe kick off with a quick ice breaker exercise? Is your main role simply to stand by the flip chart and note down all the ideas? What preparation do you need to do? How do you manage the event, and how exactly do you pull the whole thing together?
In many types of group situation, and particularly in complex discussions or those where people have different views and interests, good facilitation can make the difference between success and failure.
As a facilitator, you may need to call on a wide range of skills and tools, from problem solving and decision making, to team management and communications.
Quick Tip: This website guide includes a “facilitator’s toolbox” as well as packaged strategy tools for facilitators. This is a quick read for practical advice on facilitation.