Are You a Facilitator?
You lead lots of meetings, but are you a true facilitator?
If you do those things, then you are a facilitator. If no one is doing those tasks in your meetings, you need a facilitator to make your meetings more productive.
A great facilitator has many skills. He or she
In addition, a strong facilitator serves the group's process and stays neutral about the subject; and she or he monitors the process of the meeting rather than arguing for a particular outcome.
That doesn't mean that a facilitator can't have a voice in the outcome of the meeting. It is possible to facilitate neutrally even when you are part of the group -- even when you really care about the subject and the meeting's results. You can do that by shifting back and forth between your roles as facilitator and participant, but be sure to do that overtly. Be sure to inform the group when you are changing hats. You can say it just that way: I am going to take off my facilitator hat for a moment and put on my participant
If you are not yet a great facilitator, you could be. And you will have many skills required to do the job if you stick around with us...
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