Cheers to the late Tom Boyce (my training mentor) for teaching me that as a facilitator, it is your job to get people thinking, not telling them WHAT to think.
“Lets go for a walk outside” he said to me after setting a group exercise. We had given the group a challenging task, told them the result we want and when we wanted it by. He then took me aside and taught me the important lesson that the group needed to work on their own.
Too many facilitators want to babysit their group, or worse, feed them with leading questions or suggestions.
By allowing people to explore issues for themselves and discuss freely without facilitator influence, they are more likely to THINK! Isn’t that the idea?
Your work as a facilitator then begins in analyzing results and drawing out the learning points. Beware of early intervention when your aim is to make them think.