Top Facilitator Tips: Positioning your body when handling questions and discussion with your group

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If the arrangement in the room allows, always place yourself as far away on the opposite side the group as you possibly can. Reasons for this include:

Encourages the speaker to talk loudly – if you are the farthest away and can hear they adequately, chances are everyone else can too.
•Being located opposite from the speaker’s location helps them to address everyone; they then feel more included.
•Never walk toward or get close to the person speaking if avoidable – this ‘excludes’ everyone else in the room.
•If you are going to pick someone to start in a discussion, move away from them before asking, or when hands go up, move away before picking the person to speak up.

 

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