This set of suggested strategies is focused on building (a) your stature and confidence as facilitator; and (b) building the confidence of others in you as facilitator. Here are some things you can try:
(1) Model good facilitation practice from your earliest conversations with clients, building confidence from the start. Prepare for your conversations with clients, considering how you will facilitate the conversation(s) with them. Be clear on the objectives for your preparatory conversations, as well as the outputs (e.g. physical products such as a design brief for the event) and outcomes (such as a decision regarding the future collaboration). Consider how much time is available and how you will use that time together. In some cases you will be having this preparatory conversation with a client group, so you may also like to think about activities you can use to efficiently gather the information needed, as well as to build their confidence in your competencies.