The responsibility of a moderator / facilitator of a meeting is to make participants feel they have satisfactorily contributed to the result. They feel co-owner of what the day has brought. The moderator /facilitator is therefore a “silent force” that leads without being too much present.

It is quite a challenge to get full participation of all attendants in a meeting with 10 to 20 participants.  Often, already the first round of presentation of participants, takes too long and is perceived as a waste of time. After this round in many cases a few participants speak up and the body language of others betrays a sense of: “How do I get out of here ….”. It is even more difficult to involve large groups of 25 to 100 participants actively to participate. Yet it is possible by appropriate preparation of the meeting in both design and methodology.

In meetings I work with methods that are specifically aimed at active participation of all attendees. In addition, I make use of brainstorming sessions with the sticky wall.

During the presentation of participants I ensure that after the exercise, participants actually know each other by name and background.

I discuss with the client the purpose of the day, the desired result and the design which is best to achieve the desired outcome.

In brief, the method leads to:

  •     Active participation
  •     Immediately applicable learning effects
  •     An open but efficient decision making process
  •     A positive atmosphere
  •     Motivated employees

“The content of this week was not all new for me but your facilitation kept me awake!”

Participant from Bangladesh after an international water week

In this short film on the Water channel I facilitate at an international conference on water and climate change

Duration: flexible
Number of participants: 2-100
 Purpose: Active involvement of participants
Languages: Dutch, English,

Assignments came from:


Unesco IHE