Facilitator quick tips

facilitator tipWhen you are using a professional facilitator, involve your facilitator in designing your strategic planning session. Their experience with many other groups offers valuable insight and new perspectives into what will be most effective in achieving your goals for the planning process.

A competent and experienced meeting facilitator will have the flexibility, skills and ability to guide your group to its ultimate objective via a range of different paths. Encourage and empower your facilitator to modify planned activities in response to the group dynamic on the day.

Using a Facilitator

Consider using an independent external facilitator for a range of important meetings, including:

  • project debriefs
  • incident reviews
  • evaluations sessions
  • change implementation programs
  • employee forums
  • community or customer consultations
  • teambuilding workshops, and
  • leadership programs.


Quote of Note

“A corporation without a strategy is like an airplane weaving through stormy skies, hurled up and down, slammed by the wind, lost in the thunderheads. If lightning or crushing winds don’t destroy it, it will simply run out of gas.”

Alvin Toffler


(Download more ideas for using a facilitator in the Facilitation Fact Sheet)

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  11. Julietta Mickelberry says:

    Time and time again I think about these problems when i am facilitating. As a matter of fact it wasn’t even yesterday that I was thinking about this very thing. Honestly, what is the answer though?

    • Kerrie says:

      Part of the answer comes from experience I think Julietta. But also from reading, research and think about facilitating when you are doing it – or watching closely how an experienced facilitator handles different situations.

  12. Sung Hemken says:

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