“Facilitate” means “to make easier and to help bring about.”
An effective facilitator helps your group assume responsibility for success by coaching and providing feedback, asking appropriate open-ended questions, and establishing an atmosphere where cooperative learning and collaboration is valued.
"Like an orchestra leader, a facilitator can play a powerful role in drawing out people, building shared understanding, and helping people construct powerful insights."
“Achieving goals that contribute to fulfilling the group's purpose and the organization's mission is what good group performance is all about."
PEOPLE 1ST successfully facilitate and enable strategic planning in all organizations
The Effective Facilitator - A Facilitation Skills Learning Program
What Makes an Effective Facilitator?
The word “Facilitate” means “to make easier and to help bring about.” An effective facilitator helps your group assume responsibility for success by coaching and providing feedback, asking appropriate open-ended questions, and establishing an atmosphere where cooperative learning and collaboration is valued.
The importance of facilitators in this process is both in their training and their impartiality. With no vested interest in the specific outcome of your business solution, the facilitator focuses on the application of effective process, freeing the group to focus on the business objectives.
Facilitators provide leadership but not in the traditional sense of directing and controlling. An effective facilitator guides the group to their own solutions by taking them through a series of steps, enabling them to reach higher levels of performance. The ultimate goal of a facilitator is to help the group come up with its own answers.
An Effective Facilitator:
- Guides without directing
- Maintains control without stifling creativity and flexibility
- Brings about change without disruption
- Separates ideas from individuals
- Guides the process of self-discovery
- Listens for more than what is said
- Enables the development of new approaches and solutions to problems
- Knocks down walls, while preserving a structure of value and mutual respect
- Appreciates people as people
- Maintains confidentiality
- Remains impartial, focusing on process, not content
Our facilitation functions on the premise:
- that increased organization,
- when combined with better communication,
- and careful planning,
will further your organization’s progress toward optimal productivity, efficiency, and
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