Thiagi’s Tweets: Facilitation Techniques

Every day, Thiagi tweets ready-to-use pieces of practical advice on different topics such as facilitation, listening skills, communication, leadership, feedback, training, and management.



Here are some recent pieces of advice about facilitation techniques that were re-tweeted frequently:

  • Use activities to establish this principle at the beginning of a session: Everyone has equal influence on the process and the results.
  • The main task of the facilitator is to ensure full participation by every member of the group in every discussion and in every decision.
  • Opening activity: Ask each participant to write a personal goal on a sticky note. Stick the goals on the wall for a silent review.
  • Keep an open mind. Don’t jump to conclusions. Emotionally detach yourself from desired outcomes. Go where the groups lead you.
  • If you ask the participants for their inputs, make sure they are all used. If you cannot use some of the ideas, explain the reason.
  • Go graphic. Use cards with graphic images and appropriate activities to encourage visual metaphors for creative conversations.
  • Get the participants interacting as quickly as possible. Have them work in small groups to discuss and revise the agenda.