In our profession we are constantly searching for ways to make our life and our work easier.
Sometimes, you ask an outsider to help you, to facilitate you. Once in a while you get great help. You don’t know what the facilitator did, but somehow your meeting delivered results, your brainstorming session really worked or a stalled project gets moving again. And amazingly, the facilitator did not give any input to the meeting, all the ideas came from your projectgroup
How did this facilitator make this all happen?
Ingrid Bens wrote a step by step guidebook on Facilitating with Ease well worth reading.
An handy fact sheet was excerpted and adapted from this book, including do’s and don’ts on using flipcharts, a facilitation at a glance chart and a comprehensive list of behaviours that help and behaviours that hinder a facilitator.
A checklist and a handy observation sheet (how well does the facilitator do her job) derived from the book are available from AAMC.