Facilitation & Gatherings

We'll help you bring people together for worthwhile, meaningful conversations through the art and science of facilitation.

 

As a society, we have 11 million meetings a day. Of these meetings, around half are unproductive, costing $37bn a year. Meetings are frequently ruined by a lack of planning, focus, engagement, healthy debate and follow-up. Facilitation is the art of productive dialog and, with these problems in mind, has never been more important.

As experienced facilitators, we've seen what does and doesn't work. At its core, effective facilitation seeks to...

  • Harness the collective wisdom in the room

  • Surface conflicting views

  • Create a space for idea generation

  • Foster collective problem-solving


To help you master these critical aspects of workplace collaboration, we've distilled our knowledge into a set of workshops that will give you everything you need to be effective facilitators.

 
 

Facilitation Workshop Series

Facilitation skills are critical for any role where you lead a team or host group conversations or gatherings.

In this series of workshops, we’ll explore...

  • Deciding whether / when to meet

  • The N types of meetings

  • The “5Ps” framework​

  • Identifying and working with stakeholders

  • Identifying / assigning meeting roles

  • Preparing the physical or digital space

  • Check-ins and check-outs

  • Warmups and icebreakers

  • Applied improv as a tool for better gatherings

  • Co-creating working agreements and fostering community spirit 

  • Designing powerful opening questions 

  • Observing and responding to group dynamics

  • Fostering healthy interaction and building connections

  • Meeting participant archetypes

  • Identifying and managing harmful behaviors

  • Capturing and harvesting - visual facilitation tricks

  • Managing energy

  • Alignment-building

  • Decision making

  • Accountability

  • Closing sessions with maximum impact

  • Specific tooling to help with virtual gatherings

  • “Meeting from hell” simulation

  • Practicing & playing with your facilitation skills

 

Virtual Facilitation Workshop

As is becoming familiar to everyone, replacing in-person gatherings with distributed ones is not a simple matter.


There are a collection of tools and approaches that all facilitators now need to understand and have at their fingertips.


In this virtually-focused slice of our main facilitation training, we’ll share some of our best virtual-friendly and virtual-only activities that enable real connection at a distance.

Fix Your Meeting Workshop

Most organizations bias towards collaboration via discussion; a fact that leads to the creation of a lot of meetings. What happens in those meetings is a direct reflection of the leadership and culture of your organization.


This slice of our main facilitation workshop is focused on getting people to think more deeply about the value of gathering groups together and how to make best use of their time.


It takes the common starting place for a meeting (“we need to discuss something”) and expands it out with a thoughtful, deliberate approach that ensures participants have the best possible version of their conversation.

 

Supercharge Your Gatherings

Using our own facilitation skills and experience, we offer a number of facilitation design and delivery experiences...


Retreats & Offsites


We will codesign and facilitate your offsite or retreat.


An offsite or retreat is a gathering where your team takes a collective breath and spends time together thinking about topics that are usually suppressed by their day-to-day routine.


For most teams, opportunities for these gatherings are rare so it’s vital that they are thoughtfully designed. In particular, there are a few common pitfalls that we will work with you to overcome by...


  • Ensuring you have a coherent, well-communicated set of themes, focuses and goals

  • Sequencing and pacing the event to maximize engagement

  • Understanding opportunities for interaction / participation / learning

  • Providing tools to check-in with attendees (helping you re-tune things on the fly)

  • Ensuring the event has a sense of fun and a focus on connection

  • Codesigning the artifacts / deliverables that will result from the event

All-Hands & Town-Halls

When your team gets the invite for their next, regular all-hands meeting, how many of them roll their eyes?


Why does this important part of the connectivity in your company elicit such a response? What’s missing?


Imagine what it would be like if your gathering were less like a series of updates and more like a night in with Jimmy Fallon or Graham Norton.


With this notion in mind, we will work with you to codesign a more meaningful, engaging, fun and valuable all-hands for your team.


We’ll ensure that challenging topics are addressed and that productive dialogue is the norm.

 

Open Sessions

In addition to offering dedicated workshops for teams, we hold regular sessions that are open to individuals. If you'd be interested in one of those sessions, let us know...

 

I attended your training on how to turn useless meetings into effective collaboration and LOVED it! Your training was hands down one of the most valuable workshops I have attended to date.

Heather - Senior Director Product Management - Workday

 

Silicon Valley, CA, USA

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