Reflect on Your Role as a Facilitator

What is a facilitator? The main goal of a facilitator is to draw out knowledge and insight from other group members. A facilitator will use different skills, tools, exercises, and natural abilities to keep a group discussion moving smoothly.

Why do you enjoy facilitation? Maybe you like to facilitate because you are excited to help participants learn transferable skills, or because you enjoy sharing your own experience and/or expertise. Perhaps you like to facilitate to challenge groups to think about new perspectives and ideas, and/or to deepen your own understanding of a topic. Whatever the case, it is always a good idea to take some time to think about your approaches to facilitation, your motivation, and your goals.

Take a few minutes to reflect on your role as a facilitator and to write some notes in response to these guiding questions. If you are working with a co-facilitator, consider completing this worksheet individually and planning to meet before your workshop to discuss your respective responses. This worksheet is also provided as a Mural, which you can save to your own account and interactively engage with. Learn more about creating and account and using Mural.

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