A number of people commented that the list included both serious and humorous statements and it was not clear how they should respond. As you'll see, most respondents chose the more serious ones. In The Top 20 Ways to Know You're a Group Facilitator - Humorous I have selected some of the more humorous indicators.
You know you're a group facilitator if …
- you believe in the inherent value of the individual and the collective wisdom of the group.
- you believe that collaborative interaction builds consensus and produces meaningful outcomes.
- you strive to help the group make the best use of the contributions of each of its members.
- you set aside your personal opinions and support the group’s right to make its own choices.
- you summarize what others have said and check that you accurately captured their ideas before sharing your own thoughts.
- you know that a good answer to a question is “I don't know.”
- when you enter a meeting room, the first thing you look at are the walls.
- several books on your shelf have “meeting,” “group,” and/or “facilitation,” “facilitator,” “facilitating,” or “facilitative” in their titles.
- you can accept that a situation is desperate, but not hopeless.
- you know when to make a tactical intervention and when to make a strategic withdrawal and, of course, when to say nothing.
- you’re able just “to be present.”
- when invited to a meeting you ask about its purpose, what’s on the agenda, what decisions are to be made, if all the people necessary to make a decision will be present, if sufficient time has been scheduled, and if they’re really inviting you so you’ll facilitate.
- when the group thinks they could have gotten to the outcome without you, but it was nice having you.
- you can explain Brainstorming, Nominal Group Technique, Technology of Participation, Future Search, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, and World Cafe.
- when you answer questions with a question – even when you’re not facilitating.