The Top 10 Best Conference Facilitators
Discussions need corralling, shaping and guiding to be impactful. Without a conference facilitator, content rambles and silence looms. But an expert discussion facilitator can keep your programme rolling along smoothly. They’re well-versed in a range of audience and speaker engagement techniques, so they’re a regular placement on the great keynote stages of the world.
What do conference facilitators do?
They’re carrying out several important roles. First, they are managing the programme timeline. And the goal is to keep everything running to schedule. Then, they’re engaging both the audience and the panel experts in discussions so that the subject matter is fully explored. And lastly, they’re doing all this while maintaining professionalism and decorum at all times.
Characteristics of great event facilitators
Our conference facilitators come from business, tech, media or finance backgrounds. Nearly all of them are TV or radio personalities in their own right. And that comfort in front of a camera and with an audience translates well in a leading role at an event. Plus, they’ve got their own perspectives and experience with a range of topics from diversity to politics. So, they can add their own take to discussions.
Common duties for facilitators at events
It’s essentially necessary to have an event presenter. They’re invaluable for their support with:
- Branding – they’ll adhere to and reinforce the event tone of voice
- Timing – they’ll make sure your segments don’t overrun
- Participation – they’ll get the audience involved
- Thoroughness – they’ll ensure the topics are fully covered
- Personality – they’ll add their own spark to your event
10 of our best conference facilitators