The Role of a Facilitator for a Project Manager

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The Role of a Facilitator for a Project Manager
Jose Daniel Esterkin, CEO, Argentina

Did you know that "Facilis" means "Easy - Feasible" in Latin? In Spanish, when you say "Fácil" it means "Easy". Facilitators set the agenda for a group meeting or discussion, monitor the group's process in discussing agenda items, and help the group reach consensus, make decisions, and set action plans.

Effective facilitators

- Bring out a variety of opinions and ideas and at the same time ensure that all participants feel they are valued contributors to the discussion.
- Monitor how the group works together by encouraging participation, protecting individuals from attack, and minimizing dominance by one or two participants.
- Communicate the role they will play and the strategies they will use during a meeting.
- Help set ground rules for how group members will interact with each other and how long and when group members will speak.
- Help groups achieve their goals and participants discuss issues so that the end result is an outcome that all participants can support.

Facilitation is useful when groups are discussing complex or controversial issues that require an outsider's unbiased attention to structure and process. Typically, facilitators use flip charts, electronic boards and web conferencing tools to capture ideas generated by group participants. This visual reminder of the group's ideas, decisions, and action plans provide a recorded memory for the group during the discussion.

Have you ever adopted this role in a project meeting?

Source: "The Facilitator's Guide: Tips, Tactics, and Strategies", 2018, Rick Durham and Lisa Hornaday.

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