Did you know there is a big difference between a keynote speaker, trainer and facilitator? Facilitators provide stimulus to encourage the group to discover the answers. Since reflection is the key to deeper learning that leads to more lasting change, anything that a “facilitator” does to enhance reflection before, during, or after an experience is called “facilitation.”
Facilitators need to be very skilled in working with group dynamics as what they work with is “live” and “fluid”. They need to be able to deal with difficult people and win them over to positive participation. Facilitators can present formally from out the front, but where possible would prefer to keep the environment conducive for self discovery – such as using experiential learning methods. Good facilitators bring audiences to self discovery by the way they construct their presentation and the methods they use. Good Facilitators educate.