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Tips for Ensuring Successful Meetings: How Facilitators Can Help

In order for meetings to be successful, they should be led by a skilled facilitator. The lists below provide teams with an idea of how facilitators can best help the team to make meetings productive and inspire team members to contribute maximally to the work at hand.

Good facilitators should:

Good facilitators should not:

Facilitators should also ensure that meetings have closure. Here are some tips to help facilitators end meetings on a positive and productive note and set the stage for future team meetings.

Facilitators can help to bring effective closure to a meeting by:


  1. Adapted from Bens, Ingrid (1999). Facilitation at a Glance! AQP/Participative Dynamics/GOAL/QPC.