InnerLight Solutions


Meeting Design & Facilitation


Meetings with large groups of people (especially consensus-building meetings) often work better if they are designed and facilitated (or run) by someone who does not hold a stake in the outcome of the discussions.  A facilitator can design and run a process that encourages people to work effectively together on the agenda.  A facilitator will help the group get to know each other (through "ice-breaking" exercises), will work with them to set an agenda and ground rules, and then will direct and focus the discussion so that the agenda is followed and outcomes are accomplished. 


We facilitate meetings for smaller organizations, as well as corporations.    


The Role of Our Facilitators


Setting the Agenda - Good meetings don't just happen. They are carefully planned.


Setting the Format - Although some meetings call for strict rules of procedure and conduct, most meetings take place in a more informal manner which often uses the nominal group process (a structured, problem-solving or idea-generating strategy in which individuals’ ideas are brought out and developed in a face-to-face, non-threatening group situation) and a consensus method of making decisions.


The Facilitator’s Role - Groups often need an individual to help their discussions stay focused and productive. The role of a group facilitator is different from that of the typical executive or chairperson. The facilitator’s job is to ask questions, make suggestions, keep track of the main agenda, and determine if and when people are ready to make a decision.

Generally, the facilitator is there to see that all members have a say and that all ideas are listened to and considered. A facilitator must remain neutral and provide just enough structure so that personal interaction (process) doesn’t interfere with the topic (content). Our facilitators:


  1. Keep group members focused on the topic.

  2. Summarize what members have said.

  3. Create a safe environment for the free exchange of ideas.

  4. Suggest ways to look at problems and reach conclusions. 

  5. Take care to include all participants in the discussion (even ones who might otherwise remain silent), and help the group to develop consensus on as many issues as possible.

  6. Provide client with analysis/summary report of meeting results.


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