Facilitators We Dread

We have all been to workshops or meetings run by poor facilitators. But some facilitators can drive us nuts. When you encounter one of the bad facilitator types listed below, you know you are in for a long day.

    The Drill Sergeant—The facilitator who is rigidly stuck on the agenda and puts the clock above content
    The Guardian—The facilitator who makes certain that all conversation goes through him or her and not from participant to participant
    The Know-it-all –The facilitator who always has the answer. The know-it-all can’t say “I don’t know.”
    The Ice Cube—The distant and aloof facilitator who is unwilling to personalize the experience
    The Blabber—The facilitator who loves the sound of his or her own voice.
    The Pretender—The facilitator who doesn’t ask real questions but only “pretense questions” that are really designed to give the facilitator an excuse to pontificate.
    The “I Can’t Hear You” Guy—The facilitator who refuses to listen.
    The Marathon Man—The facilitator who piles activities on top of one another, doesn’t allow for breaks, and ignores the need for groups to reflect on a topic or idea
    The Parrot—The facilitator who relentlessly recaps information, restates ideas, and summarizes the obvious
    The Molasses Man—The facilitator who is painfully slow and doesn’t have a feel for pacing, variety, or style
    The Passenger—The facilitator who lets people talk too long and gives up the reins of facilitation,
    The Storyteller–-The facilitator who tells far too many cutesy stories and never really gets to the content.
    The Centerpiece—The facilitator who makes himself or herself the real content of the workshop
    The Tunnel Driver—The facilitator who keeps doing the same thing hour after hour