Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.
1: to make easier or less difficult;
2: to help forward (an action, a process,etc.)
3: to assist the progress of (a person).
Why Use a facilitator?
An experienced facilitator should, by definition, make whatever you are doing easier... driving better outcomes that are well defined, actionable, and aligned. He/she will bring:
Structure and Process, to maximize your time so that it is effective, efficient, well paced, complete (and fun).
Group Management Skills. The ability to manage group dynamics and personality styles so that people feel engaged, heard and safe, while problem behavior is kept to a minimum.
Objectivity. The lack of bias draws out a full and healthy discussion and allows all team members to participate fully so no voices are lost or compromised.
What I do best.
Over the past 18 years I've facilitated almost every kind of conversation imaginable. What I do best are:
Strategic Conversations (annual and interim)
Team building/development (for both high functioning and problem teams)
Group Problem Solving (challenges, opportunities, fixes).
Conflict Management (when the stakes are high and people are in conflict).
Critical Organizational Conversations (those that require objectivity and a strong process).