Sometimes the process of group think needs the guidance of an outsider. Bringing in a facilitator can make a small meeting or board retreat more efficient by advocating an open, fair and inclusive discussion of issues and objectives.
A professional facilitator works with your organization to understand your history, mission and internal decision-making challenges to orchestrate a synergistic dialogue among decision makers. As a neutral party, the task of a facilitator is to ensure mutual understanding and manage participation in a fair and balanced manner.
In collaboration with the client, the facilitator develops an agenda with which to guide the meeting. Afterwards, a summary report describes the highlights of the discussion and identifies actions to be taken, goals and objectives. Individual pre-meeting interviews are also an option, allowing the facilitator to hear from each meeting participant beforehand.
The basic components of group facilitation include: Clarification of meeting objectives, in writing Knowledge of participants and their backgrounds Development of agenda, including time frame Capturing content of discussion with an audio recorder or note taker Followup summary report Presentation of results, if desired
Town Hall Meetings
A professional moderator brings order and clarity to public meeting forums.