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Group Facilitation: What Does a Facilitator Do?

Some people think of a facilitator as someone who presents ideas to a group, and not helping a group develop their own ideas. In truth, a true facilitator performs the latter, serving as a thought counselor and a mediator during facilitation meetings. If you are considering hiring a facilitator...

Meeting Facilitation Helps Your Business Achieve Desired Objectives

Successful meetings are not always easy to accomplish. Professional managers struggle with getting their employees to focus on the task at hand and to work toward a common goal. Everyone has their own idea of what should be done to reach a solution. Individuals get off track, become stuck...

What is the Purpose of a Facilitator Job Description?

A well written facilitator job description serves as a communication tool between your company and possible employees. It can be a very significant part of organization success. Ones which are poorly written or laid out create additional confusion. They break down initial communication among applying candidates. As an end...

Corporate Strategic Planning: Why Hire a Facilitator for Your Next Meeting?

If you have served as a facilitator for a corporate meeting, you know how difficult it can be. Facilitation requires a strategic, impartial approach—one that many executives wisely delegate to a professional facilitator. Facilitating a meeting is both an honor and a task, but it is first a task....

Skilled Facilitators for Hire are Better than Unskilled Facilitators

A facilitation expert can ensure the successful outcome of a strategic planning event such as a meeting or retreat. Most companies hire these professionals with the goal of being able to create more organized events where critical issues can be discussed. Your company may be struggling with a particular...

The Facilitation Secret

It’s not just luck that helps professional facilitators be successful.  Professional facilitators know a powerful secret that every leader can benefit from both knowing and understanding how to use. What makes it a secret?  It certainly is not the number of people who know it.  In fact, there are...

Why Use A Facilitator?

For many, meetings are viewed as a dreaded evil to be avoided at all costs: far too little gets accomplished, much of the discussion is unfocused and unproductive, and a lot of time is wasted. If you lead important group meetings, you know how difficult it can be to...

Ten Tough Questions to Ask Your Facilitator Training Vendor

If you are a typical purchaser considering a facilitation training class to have taught in-house, there are probably lots of standard questions you would ask the training vendor. Common questions might include: What topics are taught? What are the desired outcomes? How long is the class? How much does...

Target Characteristics for Facilitator Candidates

“Now that we have contracted with your firm to do facilitation training, how do we go about finding facilitator candidates? What traits should we be seeking? Is there a set of target characteristics for trainees?” At Leadership Strategies, we get this question often, and for good reason. If an...

Recognizing the Need for Facilitation

Most managers today would agree that facilitation skills can be useful in a variety of situations, from project planning to team development. But how do you know when you really need to use a facilitated approach? At Leadership Strategies, we believe there are three key signs to look for....

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