WHY USE A PROFESSIONAL FACILITATOR?
A professional facilitator is rather like the conductor of an orchestra – setting the tempo, ensuring everyone plays their part and achieving a magnified, aligned outcome. On the other hand, whilst conductors aim to stamp their unique interpretation on a performance, a great facilitator will never do this: they get the best out of everyone by being completely neutral.
A professional facilitator is particularly useful where:
the team leader wants to be fully involved in the meeting, without appearing to own or overly influence the outcome
you have a newly formed team or group
the topic(s) for discussion are complex
there are tensions or tensions are likely to arise
there are differing interests or needs
the subject is sensitive and/or emotions are running high
there are actual or perceived conflicts of interests
there is an established hierarchy that hinders creativity or problem-solving
robust, purposeful dialogue is on the agenda.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY FACILITATOR?
Firstly, I will meet with you to understand your gathering’s purpose, goals and objectives. I will then work with you to structure and build the agenda for the session before taking care of the logistical arrangements for you.
During the session I will guide the group and run the meeting, ensuring everyone is participating and that the discussions stay on point, engagement remains constructive and that critical decisions are made.
Post-session, I will distill and summarise what happened, capturing fresh ideas, outcomes, decisions or agreed next steps, as appropriate. You will receive this helpful document so that you can reflect on and share what you accomplished at your meeting.
Throughout and after the process, I will maintain confidentiality based on your requirements.
WHAT ARE MY DELIVERY OPTIONS?
I work on a half- or full-day basis. I can work face-to-face, by video conference, or a hybrid of the two, as you require.
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