"The Facilitator": A Communications Therapist

Conrad A. Reinhardt
1976 Journal of Applied Communications  
It takes more than a well organized presentation, lesson alone, or program content to motivate a group. i llakes more fllan a \\leU o rganized presentation, lesson alone. or program col/tel/t 10 motivate a group. However. lV~feel it call be done effectively ij,he audience is asked to in teract lIIilh th e subject mailer being tau ght, sarI Qui opinioll from fa ct alld eVlllllote their 011'11 point a/ view ill the process. /-Jere is where the role oJ"facilitator" is important. II requires asking
more » ... the kind of questions that will in volve all (ludie nce in the disCllssio n. It means assuming a Ilof/Judgmentalframe of mind. Above all it asks tllal members of 'he group be given equal consideration and opportunity to express differelll poillls a/view. This supplement includes those basic concepts and types of questions a persoll can lise to facilitate groups. However. it is only a supplement. The real prescription for success is to watch someone facilitate a group who is good at it. Th en practice the technique and have them join in evaluatillg YOllr efforts. Reinhardt: "The Facilitator": A Communications Therapist
doi:10.4148/1051-0834.1952 fatcat:6z746nhrznhehez74ohpe4odgi