Facilitating large group meetings

Large group meetings pose particular challenges for facilitators. Any more than 12 people can exhibit all the characteristics of a big group – it doesn’t have to be hundreds of participants.

Dealing with blocks in the process

Dealing with blocks in the process of the meetings, for example when the group simply can’t seem to reach a decision or lacks focus during the meeting.

Dealing with disruptive behaviour

Examples of disruptive behaviour include dominating individuals who talk at the expense of others, or the cynic that shoots down every idea that’s raised in the meeting.

Facilitating consensus

The key to helping a group towards consensus is to help all members of the group express their needs and viewpoints clearly, map out common ground and find solutions to any areas of disagreement.

Co-facilitation roles at a meeting

Instead of just one facilitator you may have two or more co-facilitators. You can share out more facilitation tasks amongst the group and make the job of facilitating easier and less intimidating.

What is facilitation?

Facilitation is about helping the group to have an efficient and inclusive meeting. It combines a series of roles and tasks.

Introduction to Facilitating Meetings

This guide explores the concept of facilitation and how it can help in creating successful and positive meetings. It is primarily aimed at groups using consensus decision making, a process that involves all members of the group in reaching an agreement that is acceptable to everyone.

Troubleshooting consensus

Like any method of decision making, consensus can work better in theory than in practise. However, most of the sticking points stem from lack of experience, or the fact that the conditions for consensus aren’t being met.