The Effective Facilitator

Our Flagship Course

The first Course Accredited by The International Institute of Facilitation (INIFAC) for Covering the 30 Certified Master Facilitator™ (CMF) Competencies.

Learn the techniques our facilitators use to achieve amazing results through groups!

How do you get groups to develop workable, realistic solutions? Our flagship facilitation training course delivers the tools and techniques you can use immediately! We show you how to motivate a group, build consensus, manage dysfunction, maintain focus, generate ownership and inspire to action.

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NEW! ROI from this training!

See and show the specific impact on your team from our facilitation training with new reporting capabilities included in private training enrollment. Dollar for dollar, hour for hour – you will be able to confidently pinpoint your exact Return on Investment (ROI) after learning how to become an Effective Facilitator™.


Why Take The Effective Facilitator?

Are you thinking about taking The Effective Facilitator but are not sure it is the right course for you? Well, watch and listen as our founder counts down what our clients say are the top six reasons to take this course.

Who will benefit from this course?

Ideal For

  • Managers
  • Executives
  • Facilitators
  • Trainers
  • Consultants
  • Sales Professionals
  • Analysts

Needing To

  • Lead a task force
  • Establish a strategic direction
  • Run better meetings
  • Get a business process operating effectively
  • Establish performance objectives
  • Work through conflict/internal strife
  • Define the specific needs of a user community

What you will learn

Get groups to develop and agree upon workable, realistic plans or solutions to issues. Gain the tools and techniques to: create a vision that motivates people to action, engage groups in developing solutions and generate ownership that leads to results. Learn a comprehensive approach top facilitators use to prepare for success, get a session started, focus the group, use (not abuse) the power of the pen, gather information, manage dysfunction, build consensus, maintain high energy, close the session, and construct customized agendas.


  • Define the role of a facilitator
  • Identify the key facilitation principles
  • Describe the best practices related to each principle
  • Provide students with facilitation practice and performance feedback


4 Days*

*A 3-day streamlined version of this course is also available. The powerful, videotaped exercise is excluded.

Additional Information

No Facilitation Training Course Offers You More!

You get ALL of this when you take The Effective Facilitator:

  • Participant workbook covering 10 principles and over 100 techniques
  • 10 detailed agenda models
  • 6 practice sessions (accompanied with a exercise packet containing sample case studies)
  • Recording of you facilitating a practice session*
  • The Monthly Touch (now included at no additional cost) – online monthly course to keep you refreshed on the course material
  • Spring Forward – a 60-day check-in to confirm your progress and how you’re implementing your learning
  • The Maximizer – a communication covering one of the course techniques each month
  • 1 copy of The Secrets of Facilitation, 2nd ed., written by our CEO, Michael Wilkinson

PMI Credential Holders: Earn PDUs with The Effective Facilitator, a pre-approved Registered Education Provider activity!

PDUs for The Effective Facilitator

24.00 PMP/PgMP
24.00 PMI-ACP
2.50 PMI-SP
1.25 PMI-RMP

Recommended Additional Training – The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link (NEW!) Get the advantage early – master the techniques you’ll learn from The Effective Facilitator virtually in just one extra day of learning.

Why Our Facilitation Training Course Works

Unlike other facilitation training courses, The Effective Facilitator devotes 80% of its curriculum to learning and practicing the group techniques that separate great facilitators from good ones. We focus on critical skills such as consensus building, keeping the group focused, generating energy, managing dysfunction and gaining agreement.

Our branded approach to training, The PDI Difference, ensures results through: Practical techniques, Dynamic, high energy instructors, and Interactive exercises and practice sessions. To date, over 95% of attendees have rated this course as THE BEST or ONE OF THE BEST courses they’ve ever taken!

Want a sneak peek at this class? View the “Introduction to Facilitating Groups” webinar now!
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Choose your format

4 Days $2695

Private classes are fully customizable, taught at your location, and provide the best value for groups of 10 or more. Contact us for more information about scheduling a private class.

*If you have fewer than 10 people, but still desire a personalized, private learning experience, consider collaborating with other departments in your organization or other organizations near you.

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2020 Public Classes

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May 12 – 15
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Jan 13 – 16
Jun 22 – 25
Dec 7 – 10

Jan 27 – 30
Jun 1 – 4
Sep 21 – 24

Las Vegas
Fed 3 – 6
Apr 6 – 9
Oct 12 – 15

Los Angeles
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New York
Apr 20 – 23
Aug 17 – 20

San Francisco
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Feb 10 – 13
May 4 – 7
Sep 28 – Oct 1

Washington, D.C.
Jan 13 – 16
Feb 3 – 6
Mar 2 – 5
Apr 6 – 9
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Jun 1 – 4
Jul 6 – 9
Aug 3 – 6
Sep 14 – 17
Sep 28 – Oct 1
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