Published on January 31, 2014
Roles of an Effective Facilitator ZAIN GOPLANI
Behaviour of a Facilitator
“NOT To Do” List for Facilitators Down play participants’ ideas. Push personal agendas and opinions as the right answer Dominate the Group Say umm, aahh repeatedly Tell inappropriate or offensive stories Make up an answer (LIE) Allow people to bully others in the group Talk a stance with one section of the group Tell too much about your personal experience and life. Assume the demographics of your group
“To Do” List for Facilitators Exude confidence- Be clear, enthusiastic, breathe Use humor, stories, and examples that directly relate to their work Observe individual participation and involvement during exercises Be aware of individuals that may be experiencing discomfort or who are not participating Follow up the exercise with Discussion Be available to talk/debrief with participants during break times and before/after the training Evaluate the needs of the group
Responsibilities of the Facilitator Facilitators are the standard-setters for the discussion Facilitators make the workshop environment a priority Facilitators are mindful of timing issues Facilitators are responsible Facilitators are responsible for paying attention to group behaviours Facilitators should be relaxed and have a sense of humour that makes sure discussions are
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