The Facilitative Mind – mindful practices

  • Maintaining the Minor Voice:  The strongest measure of a facilitator may be how well they can keep all voices in play during a group interaction.  It is an all too common experience for people to feel that their voice has not been heard in the cacophony of conversation or in the dominant play of certain individuals within a group.  The facilitator supports and even guides individual contributors through sustaining their voice from the front of the room.  Often, simply paraphrasing and summarizing a person’s point of view immediately and then repeatedly during the conversation lets them know they have been heard and that their “voice” remains a part of the dialogue.  Few things are more affirming than to have one’s thoughts and words brought back into the conversation by someone else connecting them to the whole of the discourse.
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