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How to avoid becoming too strict with facilitation guidelines?

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Since you will be following your preparation plan, there is a pitfall you become too strict in your facilitation. It is important to stay open for feedback throughout the process and always keep the group’s agenda above your own.

Some tips and tricks:

  • Keep checking if you are flexible and open to the group’s perspective by asking yourself: “Do we need to go into this matter now, will this be beneficial for the team?”
  • Consider different viewpoints as opportunities to learn.
  • Invite participants to join the conversation using collaborative language.
  • The best breeding ground for fruitful conversation is one that feels safe enough to speak up.

Remember, if you are totally exhausted by the end of the facilitation, it means you likely had too big of a role. Ask yourself what you could have done differently.

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Written by Renate Cremer, Agile | SAFe | Associate Certified Coach (ICF -ACC)