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Facilitation is about making it easier for groups of people to understand each other's

point of view.

So sit back for a few moments and put aside responding to those urgent emails, as we share

some of the good stuff with you and highlight the poor practices you ought to be on the

lookout for... ...and may your business meetings be forever


The best facilitators carefully assess the needs of those in the meeting...

...They treat participants equally and work hard to stay neutral in all discussions...

A good facilitator knows how to use a wide range of process tools -- but they'll have

to be a story for another day, as there're just too many to review in this short video.

Getting back to best practices... ...A good facilitator creates an open and

trusting atmosphere and helps participants understand why they're there...

...They listen intently in order to fully understand what's being said -- and when speaking

themselves, use simple, direct language... ...Good facilitators work to make participants

the centre of attention and take notes that accurately reflect what participants mean...

Contrast this with some traits of bad facilitators. These are the things to watch out for and

avoid in your own business meetings whenever possible.

Poor facilitators want to be the centre of attention. They don't really bother checking

in with the participants and seeing whether they have any concerns. They often fail to

listen and end up losing track of key ideas... ...They also tend to be overly passive on

process and let things amble on...

Ever been in a meeting like that? Why you end up asking yourself, "Just what is going

on here?", "Why are we doing all this?" You raise your concern and the facilitator puts

you down? Yep -- right there is another trait of bad

facilitators. They put people down and get defensive -- often about some relatively minor

process issue. Meetings run by these facilitators often end up being dominated by the team leader,

or some other strong voice.

Poor facilitators take poor notes. Poor notes lead to poor decisions -- often based on what

wasn't said. In fact poor facilitators can be so preoccupied

with making their poor notes that they fail to check how the meeting is going and seem

to be totally oblivious as to when to take a break.

The very worst facilitators tend to push ahead with an irrelevant agenda, having no alternative

approaches to offer -- and criminally -- let discussions ramble on and on... and on and

on... without proper closure... ...Which is of course, a complete waste of

everybody's time, so don't go there.

Good facilitators are willing to champion ideas they don't personally favour and find

ways of concluding meetings on an optimistic note.

In their concluding remarks good facilitators make sure their meetings end with clear steps

for the next meeting, ensuring that everybody is up to speed and understands what they have

to do. So there you have it, a quick resume of the

best and worst facilitator practices... ...What to do and what not to do.

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