Important Facilitation Skills That Foster Communication

Adriana Girdler

Are you a meeting facilitator? These are some of the most important skills you need! Are you facilitating meetings and want to make sure that …

Are you a meeting facilitator? These are some of the most important skills you need!

Are you facilitating meetings and want to make sure that productive, open communication is happening? Facilitating meetings isn’t always as easy as you may think, so it’s important to keep a few key skills in mind.

Question, don’t lecture

Remember that as a facilitator, your main goal is to draw out opinions and ideas of the meeting participants. So, don’t focus on sharing your own opinion, but rather focus on what you can do to draw out the opinions and ideas of those in the meeting.

This doesn’t mean you can’t make suggestions; but the key is to make sure they truly are suggestions rather than telling people what needs to happen.

Encourage participation and focus on asking the right questions that will encourage the team to interact and explore new ideas!

Be patient

When issues come up in meetings or when people aren’t participating as much as they should be, it’s easy to grow frustrated. This is where it’s extra important for you to remain patient.

Rather than showing your frustration, focus on valuing and respecting those in the group. One way you can do this is simply by being open to change, because you may have to change the agenda or come up with new ways to encourage participation.

Other meeting facilitation tips

These aren’t the only important tips to keep in mind when it comes to meeting facilitation. There are a few other skills you should be aware of, which is why I’ve created a video that goes through all of those in more detail.

Make sure you head over to YouTube so we can finish this conversation there!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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