What’s your first reaction when you get invitation to a meeting. Is it ‘cool, that’s gonna be fun’? Or rather ‘No! Not again!’. For many people meeting is a painful way of wasting time, while sitting during boring presentations, lengthy discussions and endless argues. And still, at the end no decision are being made and another meeting is being scheduled.
You can significantly improve your meetings by putting few facilitation practices in action. Dictionary definition of ‘facilitate’ is ‘to make easier’. Therefore as a facilitator you’re responsible for making sure events are planned and led in effective way. You need to observe group processes and support participants in generating ideas, making decisions and coming to conclusions. To help you in that process we’ve prepared the Facilitator Checklist that will guide you through your meetings. You can download it here.
Artful Facilitation is first key to effective collaboration. Second is Artful Participation. My favorite definition was given by James Priest who put it in a form of question:
‘Is my behavior in this moment the greatest contribution I can make to the effectiveness of the collaboration?’
As a facilitator you’re responsible for making sure everyone contribute their best. If the answer to previous question is no, then you should ask people to change their approach or just leave the meeting. Both options are going to improve your event.
Seems you’re ready for your first facilitation. Let us know how it went and if checklist was useful.
You can download facilitator checklist in PDF version here.