|Re: facilitators role in meeting.||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (robsanmicrosoft.com)|
|Date: Fri, 10 Jun 94 14:33 CDT|
Catherine McCarthy wrote: One of my personal biases here would be to find someone who is knowledgeable about the issues you are facing - facilitators can be extremely useful sources of information or can conversely not understand many key issues and not be as effective as they could be. I have wondered about this. In what little I know of facilitation I always thought the facilitator was in charge of the meeting Process so the participants could focus on the meeting Content. I also learned somewhere along the way that facilitators need to be 100% nuetral on the issue on the floor or their personal bias jepordizes their role. If the facilitator holds important information on the topic wouldn't this set them up for bias and therefore put them in a position of taking sides? I have worked with outside facilitators who had no idea of the subject and they very capabily ran the meeting process. I have also worked with facilitators who came from within and which I felt pushed a group towards a certain direction and in so doing, created a trust problem. Comments? Rob Sandelin Sharingwood
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