Traits of a Skilled Facilitator
Content Neutral - A skilled facilitator needs to remain neutral when dealing with meeting issues. This is almost impossible with in house individuals who are called on to facilitate meetings.
Maintaining group focus - A skilled facilitator uses many techniques to foster creative thinking while still keeping the group focused on the issues at hand. The skilled facilitator knows when to intervene, either using assertiveness or humor as the occasion demands.
Being constantly there - The facilitator is trained in group dynamics and is constantly reading verbal as well as body language messages for any sign of dissention, loss of interest, disruptive behavior, anger, or any dynamic that impacts the group and prevents group coercion.
Expert on Dealing with conflict- The skilled facilitator is trained to use conflict in a positive way to get conflicting ideas out and discussed so that optimum solutions are reached.
Building community - The skilled facilitator's function is to bring meeting agenda items to successful conclusions while enabling the group to come together as a coercive team.