Project manager = facilitator?
Many project managers take over the facilitation of their project meetings. However facilitator and project manager are two completely different roles. The project manager needs to know precise details about her/his project and has to be able to make decisions; the facilitator should be maximally neutral and unbiased.
We recommend using an external facilitator for critical meetings.
This could be:
1. One of your colleagues, who both enjoy and are good at facilitating groups,
2. A project manager from another project,
3. A colleague from HR.
For weekly meetings team members could do the moderation alternately. This improves facilitating skills within the team and shows everyone how difficult facilitations of meetings can be.