We must continue to grow and learn to become the best facilitators we can be. Here are some simple tips that can help you to improve as a facilitator.

Facilitation is a complicated and rewarding art form, but like all art forms, you must constantly improve and hone your skills to stay relevant. In that vein, here are some tips for facilitators who are looking to improve their skills, whether they are just starting out or have been facilitating sessions for years.

Avoid Scripting Situations

You never want to enter a facilitation session with a pre-prepared, memorized speech. It’s fine to be well prepared, have an agenda, and know each key point you need to make, but offering a memorized spiel will lack the personal engagement you wish to present and will also seem condescending.

Be Aware of and Use Your Body Language

As facilitators, we are expected to be more experienced than everyday people, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still human. All of your training goes towards making you more impartial, but sometimes you can end up betraying your true feelings through your body language. Be aware of what your body language may be saying at all times. Use this awareness to your advantage by crafting your own body language to encourage engagement.

 Check In from Time to Time

When you feel that you are closing on a topic, take a minute to pause and reflect with the group. Ask for any questions or unresolved issues pertaining to the topic. By checking in with the group you can make sure that each group member is on the same page as you move forward.

 Tape Your Sessions

You may want to consider taping your sessions for personal review. Public speakers often use this tool to understand and improve on their issues, and you can too. Watch your interactions and listen to your word choices to find areas of improvement. Remember that taping can upset the balance of a delicate session, so be sure to learn whether taping the session will be okay prior to the start of the session.