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Importance of group facilitation
In our society or organizations, we always have some issues or problems. And we know the urgency of the problem, that’s why we form a mastermind group in the first place. So, we can sit together and discuss and gear towards action. But most times as it happens, the group is unable to come to a conclusion, the meetings are going unsuccessfully and everything and everybody is chaos. This is the reason we need a person in our group who can help maintain and organize the group. Not to give them knowledge or anything but to provide guidance to the people to reach to a conclusion with their own knowledge. They help in guiding everyone else in the group to reach or attain their proposed goal. This process skill of guiding to help people is called group facilitation and the people possessing this skill are called group facilitators.
How to be a good facilitator?
It’s a very responsible and important duty to work as a group facilitator. A facilitator helps draw out opinions from the ideas of the members when they are unable to themselves.
Encourage group interaction
The first and foremost step of being a good facilitator is to help everyone in the group speak and make sure that they have listened. The people who are shy or think that their ideas are not good enough are needed to be encouraged. Everybody should listen to everybody.
Motivate people in the group to know that their ideas are good and encourage them so that they level up their ideas and enthusiasm and are comfortable in sharing and participating. Tell them every idea is unique and have its own significance.
Support, not criticize
Try to make sure that you don’t criticize anyone’s ideas. Respect everyone’s views. A good facilitator is neutral and doesn’t take sides. Listen to your members and tell them the pros and cons of their ideas. They should know that their ideas and decisions are theirs, not the facilitators.
Focus on the concerned issue
The main focus should always be on the raised issue or problem. Every suggestion, ideas should be made to solve it. The facilitator has to make sure of that. So, in a limited period of time, the conclusions and solutions are found for the problem.
Comfortable learning environment
The facilitator should be able to create a comfortable environment for learning and processing the ideas and using them. The environment should be so that helps people process better and get help from their colleagues.
Group facilitation skills & techniques
A facilitator is responsible for guiding the people in his group; diving into everyone’s mind and helping them find their weakness and strength. So that with the guidance of the facilitator, they figure out the solutions by themselves and a conclusion is reached. Below are some of the skills that a facilitator needs to possess in order to help the group.
A facilitator should learn about the issue and gather information on it alongside the members. No information should be retained by the facilitator and should be shared to help reach the proposed goal.
A facilitator should be good at both verbal and non-verbal communication skills so that he is able to guide other members efficiently and in an organized way. Open- communication should be encouraged to give people a chance for speaking what they think about the issue.
Being neutral is one of the important skills, a facilitator should have. The facilitator should consider each and everyone’s views and cannot choose sides. Everyone in the group must be respected.
For the smooth running of the group, we have to build rapport among group members. Everyone should have some common goal, same spirits and enthusiasm to achieve the goal. Trust is important if a group needs to succeed fast.
Be a good listener
Every wise man uses more of his ears than his mouth. A good facilitator should listen to each and everyone and finally speak when he thinks it is necessary or he has come to a conclusion.
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