Enter the nightmare…. you are facilitating a group of people who are all experienced facilitators, and of course, they have a better way. What do you do?

1.  Remember why you are facilitating this group of people – chances are it’s because you are unbiased and can lead the conversation without injecting opinion (you are no doubt the only one in the room who can do it for this group at this time).

2.  Remember the purpose of facilitation – to get a group of people from point (A) to point (B) by keeping the conversation relevant, productive and on track.

3.  Remember you have created a well thought out plan, designed to sequence the conversation to achieve the session outcomes

So there’s a reason you are doing this, what should you do to set yourself up for success?

1.  Talk through the plan at the start of the session

  • Highlight the outcomes you are seeking
  • Identify the sequence of conversations/activities

2.  Take control of the room: once people agree the outcomes and the plan, ask them to trust you to get them there.

3.  Give the group a little of yourself so they see you as more than just the facilitator, but as a person committed to their goals, who sees this session as the most important thing you could be doing

4.  If it all goes pear shaped, remind people that they agreed to trust you. Adjust the plan if necessary and buckle down and commit to getting the group to their outcomes.

Exit the nightmare.

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Written by Lisa Smith

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Lisa is a professional thinker dedicated to helping people unlock their innate creativity and to empower them to think differently – for themselves. She is passionate about building innovative cultures and about harnessing and engaging talent to create thinking communities. Lisa holds an MBA, specialising in organisational change and innovation, which forms the nucleus of her work. She relishes opportunities to share the Minds at Work thinking strategies with government bodies, socially responsible corporate, educators, community groups and farmers, helping them to turn their big ideas into realities.