A group facilitator provides structure for a meeting through prompts, transitions, and group activities.
But perhaps the most important role a facilitator serves is to create a productive environment in which participants can comfortably and constructively share ideas or opinions.
Through balanced participation, a few facilitation techniques, and maintained focus on meeting objectives, a facilitator can make it much easier to navigate group discussions or decision-making.
Practice active listening. Develop your skills in active listening to better facilitate group meetings. Listen, make eye contact, and use encouraging body language to show that you are listening and engaged in what the speaker is saying.
You might also paraphrase what the speaker says and repeat the speaker’s main points back to the group for deeper reflection.