" Here are the basic steps that can be your facilitator's guide: Few of us start our meetings on time. Those who come on time feel cheated that they rushed to get there!
Start no more than five minutes late, ten at the maximum and thank everyone who came on time.
While a group of people might set the agenda and figure out the goals, one person needs to concentrate on how you are going to move through your agenda and meet those goals effectively.
This is the person we call the "facilitator." Well, it is and it isn't.
The environment and general "climate" of a meeting or planning session sets an important tone for participation.