The art of facilitating groups is as much about facilitating yourself as anything else. Firstly, you are the only one who can truly facilitate yourself, and secondly, when things really get going, no one will be facilitating you – so you have to facilitate yourself.
Anyone in the role of facilitator will also be in a state of hyper-alertness and sensitivity. As a facilitator its easy to get caught up in the “field”, because you experience directly the feelings around the contentious issues within the group in a heightened way. This will be true for everyone in the group at different stages, but because facilitators are seen as the one’s responsible for holding and supporting the group, they will often sense it first. However, in order for the meeting to be productive and effective, the responsibility for the meeting ultimately needs to be shared. This is the hallmark of an effective group meeting.