Become a Facilitator


A first time facilitator?

The first time you take on the role of facilitator there are many things to remember and consider. Besides the actual planning of the process it is important to be aware of how to conduct yourself as a facilitator. We have compiled as list of points to remember when you take the stage for the first time as facilitator. With this short list of how to take on the role of a facilitator you are well set to host your first facilitated session. Remember; your performance might not be perfect the first or second time you facilitate, but with practice you too will master the art of facilitation.

Teacher vs facilitator

A teacher must lead the students towards a certain goal or result. Here, the teacher assumes the role of expert and the one who sits with the correct answers. The class will expect the teacher be able to give them the right answer when a task is difficult.

As a facilitator, it is the participant’s answers that define the goal and the result. The facilitator merely plans and facilitates a process that will help participants reflect, wonder, engage, and see new perspectives. A facilitator is very aware of the group dynamic and has the group as center of attention. Participants will expect to be listened to and recognized for the unique individual they are and their contribution to the group and process.

5 important things to remember when planning a workshop:

  1. Make a clear program for the workshop so that the participants know what to expect and when they will have breaks.
  2. For every workshop there needs to be 3 elements: introduction – activities – reflection.  
  3. Include breaks and energizers not everyone is able to concentrate for a long time.
  4. Arrange the room so that all participants sit so that they can see each other.
  5. Not everything will go as planned – have a Plan B.

Why interreligious dialogue needs facilitation

It is when we have the dialogical processes that we get to understand each other across religions, cultures and boarders. It is in the tention field between conversations that great things happen and we begin to understand each other much better than if we were having a regular conversation. 

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