good facilitator characteristic

We’re asked all the time, “How can I know if I have a good facilitator?” The answer is pretty straightforward – their success comes from your success.

Across virtually any industry, organization type, team composition, or environment, a good facilitator is worth his or her weight in gold. They are uniquely equipped with expert knowledge, personality, and resources to solve chronic problems and bring needed change to help individuals and teams perform at a higher level and get to their goals faster.

From a strategic standpoint, you can count on a good facilitator to do three main things:

  1. Make Better Decisions
    A good facilitator will help to avoid common decision-making challenges that arise from poor collaboration. Professional facilitators will guide a group to consensus, allowing the group to commit to a shared goal and plan of action.
  2. Improve Efficiency
    A professional facilitator is equipped to keep the group engaged and committed to discussing solutions so that rather than wasting time and money (which is too often the case with poorly run meetings) your session exceeds expectations for all stakeholders.
  3. Increase Buy-In
    The primary end goal of a good facilitator is to help the team accomplish goals. The facilitator will begin with purpose and work with the team to build advocacy and action that translates into results over which each team member can feel ownership.

These three value promises take a distinct level of commitment and skill. Chances are, you have someone – or even a few people – in your organization who know how to do a decent job at leading a meeting. But chances are just as likely that these individuals simply lack the training and resources to perform all the skills that distinguish a true facilitator from a meeting leader.

As you are doing the work to identify the right person to lead your next session, you can use a checklist to make sure your chosen meeting leader has the skills of a trained facilitator.  good facilitator checklist

Our team of skilled, certified facilitators can help you employ a step-by-step approach to addressing high-value tasks including strategic planning, team building, issue resolution, and community engagement. The next time you’re preparing for a meeting or strategy session, use the checklist to determine if the person leading your session has what it takes to get your team to goal.

The risk is very low, but the returns are virtually guaranteed. Enlist a facilitator to see how much more focused, engaging, and productive your next session can be – and how much more united, valued, inspired, and successful every member of your team will be. Please contact us, chat us, or call us at 1-877-212-2361.