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The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy, Revised Edition

The Art of Facilitation: The Essentials for Leading Great Meetings and Creating Group Synergy, Revised Edition

Dale Hunter

ISBN: 978-0-470-46792-3

Aug 2009, Jossey-Bass

352 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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"Dale Hunter has done it again! She has taken what was already a 'must-read' for our industry, updated it, transformed it, and produced both a road map for aspiring facilitators and a value-added toolbox for crafty veterans. The Making Intervention and Processes chapters alone contain more insights than most books in their entirety."
Michael Wilkinson, author, The Secrets of Facilitation

This thoroughly revised edition of the classic book on facilitation offers the most current research available on the topics of facilitation and group dynamics. A comprehensive resource for facilitators, trainers, HR professionals, and consultants, The Art of Facilitation describes the profession of group facilitation and the role of a facilitator, and outlines the key elements of facilitation. The book also examines the most common challenges that facilitators face, as well as the ethical issues that pertain to the facilitation process.

Written by Dr. Dale Hunter—acclaimed facilitator, mediator, and coach—this revised edition includes new information on facilitation in organizations, sustainability, therapeutic group work, and online facilitation. The book also includes an examination of the wide range of approaches and methods that have emerged in the field in recent years.

In addition to providing an updated guide to the topic, the book contains a training program that can be used by a group of aspiring facilitators as a peer learning framework. It also includes fifty-two processes that are useful for both facilitators and facilitation educators alike.


Abridged introduction to the first edition.


1. Preparing the ground.

2. The role of the facilitator.

3. A framework for facilitation.

4. Facilitating yourself.

5. Facilitating another.

6. Facilitating a group.

7. Making interventions.

8. Shifting levels.

9. Dialogue and storytelling.

10. Getting to consensus.

11. Addressing conflict.


1. Facilitation and the client.

2. Cooperative processes in organisations.

3. Facilitator ethics.

4. A sustainable society.

5. Facilitation and therapeutic groupwork.

6. Facilitation online.

7. Mapping the field of facilitation.


1. Facilitator education.

2. Training programme.

3. Processes.

4. Design frameworks.

5. Other resources.


A. Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood Body Corporate Rules.

B. Hand signs.