A facilitator can typically be asked to facilitate more than one topic. A sign of a professional facilitator is to plan the transitions between different sections on the agenda. This can be done through comments or an activity. Once the group seems to have reached a consensus or exhausted a topic, the facilitator can ask:
- Does anyone have anything else to add before we move on?
- Are we all ready to move on?
- Tim, did we address your concerns?
- Is everyone okay with the tasks and roles that were defined?
A five-minute energizer activity or quick bathroom break can also make an effective transition.