I draw people out on what’s going on with the group, or organization, if that’s what they all belong to, and capture it on four flip charts. Then I dump it all into a format, depending on whether the purpose for them coming together is team-building, strategic planning, etc. I do this in their presence, right in front of them. Then I write it up independently and send it to them electronically so they can review what they have accomplished.
“Why do we need a facilitator?”
Many groups think they are already organized and don’t need anyone to help them figure out what they are doing. My experience is that few groups are actually like this, and they just don’t want to be facilitated. I don’t pursue groups that aren’t really interested in my process.
“How long will the process take?”
Depending on what they want to do, my process can be as short as four hours in one session or as long as nine months in several sessions.
“Do I have to attend?”
The project owner, who is usually the president of the organization, has to be there, along with key officers or board members. If the organization can’t muster at least these people, I won’t get the input I need to run an effective process.
“How much does a facilitator cost?”
I know professional facilitators who charge $3,000 a day. I’ve worked mostly with non-profit organizations, which typically don’t have a lot of money. I want opportunities to keep my skills sharp, and I get them by employing a non-profit fee schedule so groups will be willing to work with me.