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Small Group Facilitation: Improving Process and Performance in Groups and Teams by Judith A. Kolb

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Advance Planning

Plan based on the desired outcome of the scheduled session(s). Work backward from that to determine what needs to be done prior to the facilitation. I am assuming that this planning is for a face-to-face session although, of course, other options exist.

Discussions. As soon as possible, work with either an internal facilitator or someone familiar with group needs to develop a plan for the session, including what materials will be distributed ahead of time and what work, if any, members should be expected to complete before the session. Decisions require accurate information. Members may be able to provide this information at the session itself. Often, however, information needs to be collected and, perhaps, distributed prior ...

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