What is the role of a facilitator?

What is a facilitator? What is their role?

These can be tough questions for the uninitiated. Try answering this at your next dinner party or barbeque!

My take is ‘I help teams and group to work together and make decisions that stick.’

Recently I was put under the griller by my friend and colleague, John Denton. I’m in a business mentoring group that John runs and I get immense value from that.

John interviewed me about the role of the facilitator and how they can help your business or organisation.

In short I suggested that a facilitator:

  • Plays a neutral role in running team meetings, allowing managers and staff to participate fully
  • Makes sure everyone in meetings and workshops plays by the rules
  • Designs a process to get everyone’s views heard before decisions are made
  • Ensures that action occurs – not just discussion

John and I are feeling extremely generous today and are providing with download versions of the interview.

Click here for the pdf version of What does a facilitator do

Click here for the mp3 version of What does a facilitator do

PS – if you are a facilitator and are looking to connect with people who ‘get what you do’ as well as learn and apply new skills, tips and processes, then get yourself to ‘Facilitation in Action‘, in Canberra from May 15-17 2023

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Andrew Huffer

Andrew Huffer has over 25 years experience in working with organisations, businesses, managers and communities and at a state, national and international level. He designs and delivers specialist engagement processes, with a focus on facilitating open decision making processes and skill development of clients. He has delivered presentations and workshops at a number of state, national and international conferences.

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