To succeed at facilitation, a facilitator needs certain skills, such as timekeeping, the ability to judge group dynamics, and the ability to stack a conversation. The strategies that facilitators use can be as crucial as their skills. The facilitation strategies below are ones every facilitator can use, and most do:

Maintaining a High Energy Level
Facilitators that maintain a high energy level draw a group’s attention for two reasons: they appear self-confident, and they make what they speak about sound important. Maintaining a high energy level throughout a meeting requires stamina and discipline, but the result is worth it, as the crowd stays tuned in and on point with the meeting’s goals.

Asking Questions that Conjure an Image
As a way to begin a meeting, or segue to another topic, Facilitators often ask a question that conjures a familiar image. Business meetings often involve abstract or technical questions that do not invite participation. Good facilitators combat this effect by asking questions that allow group members to visualize a response.

Using Strategic Follow-up Questions
Most meetings arrive at points where redirection is needed. Rather than bringing the conversation to a sudden end and introducing a new topic, a facilitator can use strategic questions to guide it back on course. The fewer pauses a conversation has, the less likely group members are to break their attention.

Writing down Statements for Further Analysis
When group members make key statements, most facilitators take the opportunity to write them down. Facilitators can use these statements to demonstrate the group’s thought progress, or to show the direction that it needs to go in. Because the group is responsible for creating solutions, analyzing the statements of group members is an excellent way to make the necessary points.

Deferring to the Group’s Knowledge
One of the central tenets of facilitation is that groups have the ability to solve the issue at hand; they just need help channeling that ability. With this in mind, good facilitators build a group’s confidence by deferring to their knowledge of the matter at hand.

Guides the Facilitation Process from Start to Finish
In combination, the facilitation strategies above make it easy for facilitators to guide the facilitation process from start to finish. Although the process allows group conversation to progress organically, the conversation must honor the meeting’s timeline and goals. A good facilitator strikes a balance between these things.

Designing Custom Facilitation Processes
A one size fits all facilitation process will not work for all businesses. This is why the best facilitators design custom facilitation processes. Prior to hiring a facilitator, companies should ask whether the process will be tailored to or based on a template. If a template will be used, the process should be reviewed before making a decision.

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