Facilitation Skills Fundamentals Online

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Facilitation Skills Fundamentals Online

Learn to facilitate group discussions and help groups make decisions together in a way that engages all the voices in the group.

By Mike Beebe

When and where

Date and time

September 12 · 9am - September 14 · 12pm PDT

Location

Online

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 2 days 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Part 1 September 12, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. MDT)

Part 2 September 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. MDT)

Two of the most important skills of an effective community leader is the ability to:

1. Facilitate group discussions

2. Help groups make decisions together in a way that engages all the voices in the group

Too often, we get thrown into the role of facilitator without having been taught the fundamentals and/or the chance to practice. In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to practice and receive feedback with peers in a fun, interactive, and non-threatening environment.

In Part 1, participants will learn fundamental skills of Facilitating Conversations in these areas:

  • Content Neutrality
  • Asking Good Questions
  • Active Listening
  • Keeping on Track

In Part 2, we will share Meeting Planning & Management Skills:

  • Learn how to plan an agenda that helps the group meet their outcomes
  • Learn tips and tricks of both in-person and online meeting management
  • Learn a method for planning any meeting or training
  • Learn ways to facilitate more effective decision making processes.

Facilitated through a lens of equity and inclusion, Mike and Sandhya want to help you apply these skills to your next meeting or workshop - online or in-person!

New Sliding Scale Fee structure!

Choose the level which best fits your situation, even if it isn’t an exact description of your particular situation. Do what feels right for you.

Small Non-profit / Activist / Student (org. budget < 1 million org / individual income lower than median) - $225

Medium Non-profit / Middle Class / Earlier Professional (org. budget 1-5 million / individual income median) - $275

Gov’t / Corporate / Large Non-profit / Upper Middle Class / Wealthy / Established Professional (org. budget > 5 million/ individual income higher than median) - $325

Trainers

Mike Beebe has more than 25 years of experience working with thousands of individuals, groups and organizations to build leadership and facilitation skills for a more equitable world. His in-person and virtual workshops are designed to be highly interactive, creating a safe space to learn essential skills and practice with feedback. Past participants express appreciation for Mike’s support of multiple learning styles and the level of participant engagement.

Sandhya Atkinson facilitates highly engaging, inclusive & interactive virtual and in-person meetings, strategic planning sessions and retreats to guide diverse teams through collective decision-making processes. With years of experience, she is passionate about facilitation and is committed to authentically co-creating human-centered spaces to empower each individual to thrive in the shared, often virtual, setting.

What Participants Are Saying

“The facilitation training was really excellent and I want to thank you for providing that opportunity for me. I was impressed with Mike and the way he and Sandhya worked together. A great example to follow! I have never facilitated a large meeting and they provided some great tools. I have a new appreciation for all the hard work involved in facilitating a good meeting. Thanks again, it will really make a difference for me going forward!”

"I appreciated the training design and all of the knowledge shared by Mike and participants. Best virtual training that I've had!"

"I enjoyed the ability to practice facilitation skills in bite-sized pieces and also observe how others (the official facilitators and the participants) also demonstrated different ways to practice these skills."

About the organizer

Organized by
Mike Beebe

Mike decided to take his passion for leadership development training and start Leadership for Change in 2004. Since then, he has worked with thousands of individuals and groups to help develop their leadership skills.  Mike has over 20 years of experience managing youth & adult leadership programs and is passionate about partnering with young people to create positive social change. His experience includes directing Penny Harvest Seattle, a youth philanthropy & service learning program, JustServe AmeriCorps, a youth anti-violence program, TEEN LINK, a hotline for youth answered by youth, and serving on the Board of Directors for COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), a national organization advocating for the rights of GLBT families. 

In 2013, Mike and a team of training colleagues launched F.A.C.E. (Facilitating Awareness & Change for Equity) Consulting Collaborative in an effort to provide stronger support to individuals, groups, and organizations striving to create a more equitable world. More info on F.A.C.E. can be found on their website.