facilitators - we need you! The successful formula for our
events as proven in the Toronto group involves having one discussion
facilitator at each table (6 people at each table). Please view the above video for more information.
If you appreciate what this group has to offer and you'd
like to help us out then please add a comment when you RSVP for this
event (or add a comment to the event page if you've already RSVP'd for the event) indicating that you'd like to help facilitate. The
more facilitators we have in general, the less we'll be calling on you to help
Our discussion facilitators are the main reason for our popularity in our first
group in Toronto. Being a facilitator allows you to meet more people and to take
a more active role in our discussions. Here are some FAQs regarding being a
facilitator in our meetup groups:
What is the purpose of the discussion facilitators?
Our facilitators help keep the conversation on track based on the chosen topic
of the event, and to help create a conducive atmosphere for the sharing of
insights and ideas.
Do you provide facilitators with notes?
Yes indeed! I spend many hours putting together the facilitator notes for each event.
These notes contain philosophical quotes and questions to keep the conversation
interesting. It is up to you which parts of the notes you use in your
discussions and in what order.
Do you want me to cut off conversation to ensure
we get to it all the content, or do we get as far as we get as long as the
conversation remains rich?
I never try to cut any conversation short in order to get through the areas in
the noes. This is what seems to work well for me - I start by going around the
table asking people if there was something in particular that attracted each
person to the topic of the evening. If I see a common thread, I may jump to that
part of the notes, otherwise I just start at the first section in the notes. I
then keep my ears peeled for potential segues in the conversation to move to
other parts of the notes but only if it seems like the conversation has run it's
course in one of the areas. I definitely don't try to force the group to take on
all the sections included in the notes.
Does being a facilitator mean that I cannot
contribute to the discussion?
Absolutely not! Our facilitators have the opportunity to contribute to the
discussions just as much as everyone else.
Are there any rules or guidelines?
Yes, and there are only two of them; one person talking at a time (at each
table), and respect for each other. The one
person talking at a time rule is only in place for the structured (facilitated)
portion of the evening. Many smaller conversations usually break out after that
How often would I be obligated to help out?
There is no obligation since how often you help out is strictly your choice.
What specific experience or qualifications are
What is the format for the evening?
The structured (facilitated) portion of the evening last for approximately 90
minutes, and then people are free to change tables (or leave) if they wish.
Do the facilitators prepare in advance?
Nope. The discussion notes are designed so you can just print them off and
you're good to go!
How do I sign up as a facilitator?
Sign in to Meetup.com, then go to the event page for the event. Click on 'Change
RSVP', then add a comment something like: "I'll help facilitate". This comment
will then be visible when you page down on the description for the event.
Do you (Glen) help out as a facilitator as well?
Yes indeed! I wouldn't ask anyone to do what I'm not prepared to do myself. I am
one of the facilitators for each of the events which take place in Toronto.