Facilitation of Discussion

Groups that need to make decisions or engage in a planning process often find that using a facilitator makes this process more efficient and easier for everyone involved. A good facilitator can keep meetings focused on the subject of discussion or on dealing with the problem at hand; remind participants to consider the broader context of the issues; provide a neutral perspective and manage the process; move meetings along in a timely manner; help the group achieve useful meeting outcomes; and give the group a sense of accomplishment.

Facilitation skills include Active listening, Summarizing, Recognising Progress, Patience, Self-Awareness, and Empathy.