The Role of a Facilitator: Guiding an Event Through to a Successful Conclusion

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So you've been asked to facilitate a meeting. What does that mean exactly? Do you just ensure everyone's introduced, and maybe kick off with a quick ice breaker exercise? Is your main role simply to stand by the flip chart and note down all the ideas? What preparation do you need to do? How do you manage the event, and how exactly do you pull the whole thing together? In many types of group situations, and particularly in complex discussions or those where people have different views and interests, good facilitation can make the difference between success and failure. Learn what it means to be a facilitator, tips to plan and design an effective agenda and process and how to control the event and access a toolbox of resources for facilitators.