The art of facilitation (Guest Commentary)

10 rules for successful, interactive discussions that see results
By Daphne Woolf
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/27/2013

Facilitation is nothing like delivering a presentation. With a presentation, you know exactly what you are going to say and when and how you are going to say it. Your audience is listening to you.

Facilitation, on the other hand, brings teams and groups together in an interactive discussion to solve problems and generate ideas. The what, when and how you do anything as the leader and facilitator of the session shifts constantly in response to the group’s dynamic and the content that emerges. You are listening to your audience and still have objectives to meet.

So how can you do it successfully? Here are my 10 rules to successful facilitation.