A group facilitator empowers individuals to share in the
creation of a project.
Group facilitation is a refined skill
that brings fourth the cooperation and goodwill in people.
All of Modcom’s projects are developed by a group of
individuals. We honor and acknowledge that each person has
an important contribution to make.
Our role as a communicator
holds the most integrity when we facilitate a group. We bring
out the most in any one person and offer that insight to
the group. When this collaboration is open, honest, and flowing,
the energy exchange creates a new pathway to creation. The
individual empowers the group, and the group empowers the
individual. Each one contributes to the intensity of the project.
The following represents some of our ideas on group facilitation.
- Purpose is listening, speaking and guiding the group with
neutrality and respect, enabling the group to achieve its
- Primary role is to empower the group to tap into it’s
- Secondary role is to ensure fairness and equity among
- Establish ground rules
- Speak only for yourself
- No interrupting
- Speak short and to the point
- Establish roles
- Timekeeper and recorder
- Information sharing
- Group background
- Discussion and decision making
- Overall goal of process
- Group agreement
- Affirmation of decisions
- Record keeping
- Document decisions reached
- Leave time for individuals to share their group experience
- Identify agenda items for next meeting
- Send out summary of meeting, including decisions reached
- Allow for anonymous feedback on group process
About the Facilitator
Ingrid Hart is Modcom’s owner. She has facilitated groups
whose members are from federal and state government, non-profit
organizations and private industry. Most recently she facilitated
a three-day offsite retreat for a 21-member working group involved
in the preservation of the Snowy Plover. Ms. Hart is a compassionate
listener and engaging speaker. Her presence is calm and commands
respect. Her fairness and equality in facilitating empowers
groups to tap into their collective wisdom. The result is group
synergy and agreement on goals.