Facilitate means to make easy or easier. Hence facilitation sessions are repeatedly conducted during project initiation and requirements gathering phases. The core objective of the facilitation sessions is to make requirements gathering simple. Facilitation sessions are not meetings. They are very structured, planned, working sessions where every participant is carefully chosen and has a critical role to play.
A facilitator is one who is a planner, designer, helper, instrument, or agent. Facilitator should have the art of bringing people together, face-to-face or remotely, to elicit requirements and get agreement on solutions.
Facilitation sessions are mostly helpful for BAs to elicit and gather requirements from various stake holders. The following flow diagram explains the how a BA needs to take care of Requirements Facilitation sessions.