Four Rules to Keep in Mind as a Facilitator

Of all the elements in experiential learning, the facilitator has the greatest impact upon the ultimate success or failure of the program.

  1. You’re Facilitative vs. Directive.
    Good facilitators know that they’re not here to “fix” anyone. They understand that they don’t always need to have all the answers. As a facilitator, you see your job as one where you help the participants expand the horizons of their awareness, and facilitate them taking responsibility for their actions, past, present, and future.
  2. You’re not a “know-it-all.”
    Being the facilitator doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the “authority” on the subject at hand. The amount of brilliance unleashed in your team depends on how well you let go of your need to know more than anyone else.
  3. Be a guide on the side vs. a sage on stage.
    The way most of us were raised and schooled, we were conditioned to shut up and listen to the wisdom of the “expert” on the podium or the person “in charge.” Approach facilitation from the perspective that the wisdom in the “room” is far more potent than the “sage” in front of the room, you’ll see the participants more engaged, having more fun, and achieving greater results.  Read more.
  4. You are rarely heard.
    You ask questions, participants discuss and dialogue.  You paraphrase and probe.  Participants speak.  Participants realize you have said very little the entire time.

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Remember!

Of all the elements in experiential learning, the facilitator has the greatest impact upon the ultimate success or failure of the program.

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