Planning Transitions

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.