The most useful free online tools for facilitators

There are plenty of online tools that can make your everyday life easier if you are preparing to facilitate an interactive session. The good thing is that you don’t have to pay a fortune to use technology that helps you make your job easier. In fact, there are plenty of free tools you can use to get yourself more productive in the process of preparing or following up a facilitated session.

We have collected the most useful tools we encountered while talking to our SessionLab users and from our personal experience. It was an important factor among the selection criteria that each of the tools should have a functional free version available without time limitation to use so one can rely on them on the long term for personal use.

We grouped them according to the type of tasks they are used for so you can find precisely what you need. Importantly, these tools may be just as useful if you facilitate face-to-face meetings or a training, as well as if you would facilitate online sessions. They are most useful for the preparation and follow-up work, not for the actual facilitation itself.

Your favourite tool is not on the list? Let us know in the comments.

UPDATE 2017-04-05: We have updated this post with some new tools including a new section on online whiteboards.

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