Professionals in every field spend years perfecting their expertise, but very few ever learn facilitation techniques.
This seems like an insignificant omission, but it’s actually a major skill gap when you consider how much time everyone spends attending meetings.
Good facilitation techniques matter because they let you structure complex decision-making conversations. Without structure, meetings tend to be unfocused and hence, unproductive. When you run a meeting that lacks structure you’re inviting the outspoken to dominate and the side-trackers to hijack the agenda.
In contrast, when you run a well-structured meeting, the conversation stays focused, all views are considered, decisions are made objectively and the meeting ends with clear next steps.
When you run an unstructured meeting you constantly have to fight to maintain control. When you have a clear structure, you look organized and in charge. The choice is clear.