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Facilitation Skills Training

All trainings are highly interactive and include opportunities for practice within the workshop setting.  

 

This list reflects our most requested workshops.  We would be happy to create a workshop to meet the specific needs of your group. 

Please contact us for pricing & hourly rates.​​

Facilitation Skills &
Meeting/Training Design Trainings

Click on any workshop title below to see a detailed description.

Facilitation 101 

2.5-3 hours 

Ever attended a great training and thought, “I wish I could facilitate like that?” OR have you sat in a meeting that went nowhere and thought, “Someone needs to take charge and move things along!” This gathering will explore tried and true techniques to improve your confidence and skill as a facilitator. We will discuss how to deal with ambiguity and how to engage even the most reluctant participants. Practice your skills and receive constructive feedback.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Name and identify at least 5 different facilitation principles and skills

  • Brainstorm effective and ineffective training and facilitation techniques

  • Increase awareness of own and other’s facilitation styles

  • Practice facilitation tools and methods and discuss when best to use them

Interactive Training Techniques

2-3 hours 

A fishbowl is more than just a home for Swimmy, and a barometer can give you a read on the attitudes and perspectives in your training room as easily as it can tell you something about the weather.  Learn and practice these and other interactive training techniques and experiment with modifying them for your own training, facilitating, or organizing context. 

So You Know It, Now Can you Teach It?:  Interactive Teaching Tips for the Content Expert

2-2.5 hours

Calling all adult educators!

Do you want to increase your effectiveness by gaining more interactive tools for use in your classroom?

 

Do you need some new tricks to engage your students? Tired of lecture and group discussion? This workshop will explore how interactive exercises can help you meet the goals of your lesson plan.  Participants will learn how to make informed choices about which interactive tools to use when teaching different types of material.  Come learn concrete tools you can immediately apply to your work - your students will thank you!

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • share their own experiences of using interactive exercises in the classroom and explore some barriers to using these exercises

  • identify the goals and outcomes of a list of interactive tools for use in their classroom

  • create an interactive exercise for use in their own classroom

Meeting Planning & Facilitation

3 hours 

Do you want to plan and facilitate engaging, productive, team-building meetings?  

Most of us spend a great deal of time in meetings  Most of us have been to plenty of BAD meetings.

We can change this! This session will engage participants in learning and applying best practices for planning and facilitating meetings. 

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify important pre and post meeting tasks

  • Identify the stages of a meeting and the key components to include in each stage

  • Name three activities that could be used to open or close a meeting

  • Recognize when and how to use key facilitation skills to increase productivity in a meeting

Creating Multilingual Training Spaces

2 hours 

For trainers, facilitators, and organizers who work in multilingual settings, this workshop will go over ways to successfully set up multilingual spaces so that speakers of different languages are able to interact with each other. Through modeling best practices and pitfalls of multilingual trainings, participants will engage in activities to better understand what it’s like to be a participant in a multilingual settings. As part of the session, participants will create a training plan for a multilingual workshop.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the resources needed to set up an effective multilingual training

  • Create a workshop plan for a multilingual audience

  • Determine types of activities that will be effective and ineffective in multilingual spaces

Think on Your Feet: Improv for Facilitators & Trainers

2-6 hours 

As educators, facilitators, and trainers we’re natural improvisers! Have some improv fun - learning and practicing some of the games and exercises that improvisers and collaborative theater-makers do to think quickly on their feet, be more creative, and work better together. We’ll discuss ways to integrate improv and theater-based activities into your facilitation and education work. No theater or improv experience necessary. Administrators: This workshop is a great way to build the facilitation skills and the cohesiveness of your team(s).

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Have several tools for practicing flexibility and spontaneity in their work

  • Consider ways to incorporate play into their educational spaces and support participants to engage

  • Reflect on personal strengths and areas for growth in relation to body-centered practices as part of empathy- and relationship-building in educational spaces 

Educating After Trauma

2-3 hours 

As an educator, are you sometimes frustrated or confused by your students’ behavior in your classroom? Are you an educator working with young people or adults who have experienced trauma or violence? Do you want to learn new ways to create a welcoming environment in your classroom that addresses some of the barriers to learning your students bring?  This workshop will help you understand some of the causes of student behavior and offer some possible solutions.   

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the expected physical and psychological response to threat or danger  

  • Identify student behaviors that may be a result of current or past exposure to trauma and violence

  • Name at least five trauma-informed practices to use in the classroom to create more welcoming, effective learning environments for students

Dealing with Difficult Participants

2-3 hours 

Even the best facilitators get stuck sometimes. There’s a participant who won’t get off their cell phone, there’s a participant who wants to be in charge, there’s a participant who refuses to talk.  What do we do as facilitators?  This workshop will give new and seasoned facilitators an opportunity to explore the participant behaviors they find the most difficult to handle.  Facilitators will have a chance to practice strategies and skills for handling these behaviors.

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify participant behaviors that they find difficult to handle as a facilitator

  • analyze the root causes of these difficult participant behaviors

  • name strategies a facilitator could use to handle these difficult participant behaviors

  • practice facilitator strategies during a role play  

Designing & Facilitating Engaging Power Point Presentations

2 hours 

Power Point:  love it or hate it, it is ubiquitous!  Power Point presentations can be engaging and effective if designed thoughtfully and presented well.  Participants in this workshop will learn how to improve both the design and facilitation of Power Point presentations. 

 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to…

  • Identify at least 3 key principles of adult learning theory

  • Reflect on how adult learning theory may be applied to presentation design, including Power Point presentations

  • Learn and apply best practices for Power Point design