Listening plays a key role in facilitating successful meetings, which is something residents do every week at our community meetings here at the L.A. Eco-Village. Here’s a quick summary of three ways to actively listen as a faciliator:
- Mirroring: When someone says something, you repeat the words back verbatim to the person who said it.
- Summarizing: When someone takes awhile to make their point, quickly summarize it before going to the next person.
- Clarifying: If someone says something that isn’t that clear, I’ll ask them to clarify what they are trying to say.
For more information on these and why listening is important in general to promote good meetings, check out the full blog post I wrote on my own webpage.