What is Facilitation?
Quite literally, to facilitate is to make things facile, or easy.
Skilled facilitators do this by being able to:
  • Create collaborative relationships
  • Plan appropriate group processes
  • Create and sustain a participatory environment
  • Guide groups to appropriate and useful outcomes
  • Build and maintain professional knowledge
  • Model a positive professional attitude
NOTE: These are the core competencies assessed during the International Association of Facilitators’ professional facilitator certification process.
What is Different About Facilitation?

Facilitators design and manage processes & participation

Project Managers manage people, actions & plans

Coaches listen and ask questions

Trainers/Speakers transfer skills and/or knowledge

Facilitation requires alignment, guarding of process integrity and participant inclusion and buy-in, willingness to create and observe guidelines, reach consensus, and take appropriate follow-up actions

Project Management requires clear roles & responsibilities, trust and respect among team members and leadership, accountability and transparency, effective, open communication of what’s so at any given point in time

Coaching requires clear articulation of expectations, trust and respect between client and coach, and client ownership and accountability for delivering on results

Training & Speaking require listening, definition of scope, and willingness to apply learning after completion

How do you do what you do?
Pay attention to what’s working, and tell the truth about what’s not. Empower people from the start. Stay available, not enmeshed. Be smart: Choose the best tools and collaborate with the best people on behalf of initiatives we believe in. Pray for wisdom and listen for guidance.
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