Facilitate means to "make easier." A meeting facilitator "makes easier" the work of a group by helping its members interact more effectively and productively. Traditionally, the facilitator does this by focusing on process, freeing the participants to concentrate on the substance of their meeting. Within this very general definition, facilitators assume a broad range of roles--from moderating a discussion during one portion of a short meeting among a handful of participants, to designing and conducting long-term, multi-meeting activities.
Corporate Facilitation Services
We provide professional facilitation services for meetings of all kinds, large and small, cohesive groups or disparate, contentious groups. The work of the facilitator is to help the group get the work of the group done, despite any interpersonal issues or group dysfunctions.
For us, facilitation is a set of skills, essential skills, that are only successful if utilized within the context of a broader understanding of group dynamics and the ability to keep oneís own agenda entirely separate from the groupís. The ability to stay neutral and to stay focused on the group dynamics rather than the content being discussed are the two most essential abilities of a professional facilitator.
The facilitator manages the interpersonal and structural issues, making sure these are under control, so the team can relax and utilize their logic and technical skills to do the work they came together to accomplish. We then:
Help you clarify the goals for your group sessions so that they are clear, concise, meaningful and achievable
Develop a proposed agenda for the meeting using the facilitation tools that are best suited to your goals and objectives
Provide a neutral facilitator for the session so that everyone on your team can participate fully without concern
Facilitate the session to keep the group on track and focused
Document the meeting so that key discussions and action plans are captured
Follow up with you after the session to ensure group compliance and implementation