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Chapter 32. Becoming an Effective Facili... > TEN KEY STATEMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE FAC...

TEN KEY STATEMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE FACILITATION

Good facilitators contribute frequent short comments to direct the flow of meeting discussions. Here’s a list of specific phrases you might use:

  1. “What about this … ”

    This could be a suggestion that the group try a new approach.

  2. “What are your thoughts?”

    A request for input to one or more participants.

  3. “Let me restate that … ”

    An attempt to clarify what has just been said.

  4. “That builds on what Juan said.”

    Be complimentary of group members and link ideas.

  5. “Is that related?”

    Always control wasteful digressions.

  6. “Be fair.”

    An attempt to encourage diplomacy.

  7. “Can we all live with that?”

    An important consensus question.

  8. “Let’s give everyone a chance to respond.”

    Help maintain order.

  9. “What are our key decisions?”

    Summarizing periodically during the meeting is critical.

  10. “Let’s review our goals and deadlines?”

    Assign ownership and follow through of goals.


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