The words, actions, and gestures of the facilitator all impact upon group dynamics. For example, lack of enthusiasm on the part of the tutor can be contagious. Students are sensitive to a tutor's lack of interest and may disengage. On the other hand enthusiasm and passion for a subject can lift a group, even one that is tired and lacking in motivation. A facilitator needs to be able to read the mood and temperament of a group and decide which activities best match the circumstances. If a facilitator has built up a good rapport with the group, students should feel free to suggest alternative exercises or methodologies, and assuming a consensus is reached, these suggestions can be adopted.
There are many aspects to the facilitation process. Effective facilitation requires: