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There’s always room to improve and grow.

You might be dealing with:

  • New leadership position
  • An uninspired group
  • A team that isn’t communicating
  • Boring meetings

World-Class Training

Each class teaches key facilitation skills to help you with your meetings, training sessions, client relationships, strategic plans, and more. Expand your learning and network with others that are ready to grow.

Facilitating Groups

Seven Separators of Facilitation Excellence

What is it that separates great facilitators from good ones? This workshop covers more than a dozen techniques that you can begin using immediately to improve your facilitation.

Topics include how to:

  • Establish and maintain a high energy level
  • Ask starting questions that draw a vivid image
  • Have a full toolkit of follow-up question types
  • Respect the “power of the pen”
  • Carry the group through the process
  • Prevent, detect and resolve dysfunction
  • Isolate and address sponsor’s key needs

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Secrets to Facilitating Strategy

This course provides a detailed understanding of the building blocks that make up a strategic plan and framework for facilitating teams through the planning process. Begin by building a plan at your own pace through our online course, Springboard Online, designed to teach you our Drivers Model within just a few hours. Then, join the other participants for a three-day session focused on facilitation best practices and key techniques for strategic planning. Our approach provides practical step-by-step direction, including a road map for constructing a strategic plan for your organization and tips for judging the quality of each component of your plan.

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Facilitating Virtual Meetings: Essentials

This course is designed for people who lead more basic meetings where some or all participants are remote and but do so virtually. The class gives a structured approach to basic virtual meeting management and flow.  This curriculum allows for participants to truly see the techniques modeled throughout the course.

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Facilitator Certification Prep*

This course is for facilitators pursuing the Certified Master Facilitator (CMF) certification through the International Institute for Facilitation. The class includes an overview of the CMF process, a review of the competencies, additional training on specific sub-competencies, and a recorded session that meets the CMF requirements for certification.

*Prerequisite: Completion of The Effective Facilitator

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Advanced Facilitation Skills*

Already taken The Effective Facilitator? Ready to move to the next level? In the Advanced Facilitation Skills course, you’ll learn new facilitation techniques, receive expert feedback, and get more practice, practice, practice! Learn the DISC model, which will show you how to read and adapt to your participants’ communication styles. Other strategies taught include advanced questioning techniques, “facilitating on the fly,” and selling facilitation services. Learn best practices from top professionals in the field.

*Prerequisite: Completion of The Effective Facilitator

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The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link

This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually. The tools and techniques are adapted to the virtual environment, making remote meetings just as successful and productive as face-to-face.

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The Effective Facilitator

Our flagship course, The Effective Facilitator covers the 10 principles of facilitation, more than 100 techniques, and includes 6 exercises culminating a video-taped practice session.

Topics include how to:

  • Motivate a group
  • Build consensus
  • Manage dysfunction
  • Maintain group focus
  • Generate ownership
  • Inspire people to action

Following the 4-day course, select from one of our quarterly offerings of The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link. This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually.

*PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Activity: Up to 24 PDUs

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Leadership Development

The Facilitative Leader

The Facilitative Leader is for individuals who want to improve their leadership skills and move to the next level in their organization. Create an action plan that uses facilitation principles to engage and inspire others to drive results. The course can be done consecutively in 3-4 days or in ½ day modules listed below and can event be delivered virtually in 2-hour segments over time.   You can select all or just a few, depending on your needs:

  • The 3 Levels of Leadership
  • Facilitating Communication
  • Facilitating and Coaching others
  • Facilitation Success in Your Team
  • Facilitating Consensus
  • Strategic planning and thinking
  • Leading Masterful Meetings 1
  • Leading Masterful Meetings 2

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Secrets to Facilitating Strategy

This course provides a detailed understanding of the building blocks that make up a strategic plan and framework for facilitating teams through the planning process. Begin by building a plan at your own pace through our online course, Springboard Online, designed to teach you our Drivers Model within just a few hours. Then, join the other participants for a three-day session focused on facilitation best practices and key techniques for strategic planning. Our approach provides practical step-by-step direction, including a road map for constructing a strategic plan for your organization and tips for judging the quality of each component of your plan.

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Dare to Lead™ – Based on the research of Brené Brown

Facilitated by Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, Leah Brown

Daring leadership requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. It requires that we stay curious, lean into difficult conversations, and be vulnerable instead of armoring up. The Dare to Lead™ program dives into the future of leadership, ethical decision making and organizational success through the lens of bravery and courage by tackling the four skill sets of brave leadership.

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability
  • Living Into Our Values
  • BRAVING Trust
  • Learning to Rise

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals. Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly lists.

The Effective Facilitator

Our flagship course, The Effective Facilitator covers the 10 principles of facilitation, more than 100 techniques, and includes 6 exercises culminating a video-taped practice session.

Topics include how to:

  • Motivate a group
  • Build consensus
  • Manage dysfunction
  • Maintain group focus
  • Generate ownership
  • Inspire people to action

Following the 4-day course, select from one of our quarterly offerings of The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link. This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually.

*PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Activity: Up to 24 PDUs

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Building Teams

Team Acceleration Process

All too often cross-functional teams and task forces, right from the start, are missing one or more of the key essentials for success.  Other times the desired outcome is hindered by distrust, power struggles and poor communication. In this workshop, you will learn the eight essentials for team success and a proven process for accelerating the time needed to move from a group into a well-functioning and results-focused team.

DISCourse

DISCover your one-on-one communication effectiveness with peers, subordinates, clients, even friends and family members. Use a simple approach to define and identify the four different communication styles – Drive, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance. Determine your natural style, learn clues for reading other people’s styles, and apply methods for interacting more effectively with communication styles that aren’t the same as yours.

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The Effective Facilitator

Our flagship course, The Effective Facilitator covers the 10 principles of facilitation, more than 100 techniques, and includes 6 exercises culminating a video-taped practice session.

Topics include how to:

  • Motivate a group
  • Build consensus
  • Manage dysfunction
  • Maintain group focus
  • Generate ownership
  • Inspire people to action

Following the 4-day course, select from one of our quarterly offerings of The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link. This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually.

*PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Activity: Up to 24 PDUs

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Leading Meetings

Facilitating Masterful Meetings

Facilitating Masterful Meetings is a convenient two-day course designed to help you improve your daily meetings with smart (and practical) meeting facilitation skills and techniques. This course also expands on how to create a meeting “revolution” inside your organization to help others stop the common problems perpetuated in most meetings – late starts, unproductive time misused, discussions without purpose, and group dysfunction – all culprits of wasted resources and money. You will walk away with a transformed vision of effective meetings plus the necessary tools to equip you in your everyday meetings.

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Facilitating Virtual Meetings: Essentials

This course is designed for people who lead more basic meetings where some or all participants are remote and but do so virtually. The class gives a structured approach to basic virtual meeting management and flow.  This curriculum allows for participants to truly see the techniques modeled throughout the course.

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Communication & Presentation Skills

Buying Styles

Customers have a style of communication when they buy – a buying style – that successful salespeople match to gain their customers attention and close the sale. If your work involves you selling to others in any way, or if you coach people in enhancing their sales effectiveness, this workshop will show you how to use buying styles to maximize your bottom line. This workshop offers tools that participants can use right away, enabling them to recognize why their selling approach causes certain people to move to action, while the same approach turns others away! Unlock powerful catalysts designed to create effective customer and teambuilding skills that help participants understand themselves and others.

DISCourse

DISCover your one-on-one communication effectiveness with peers, subordinates, clients, even friends and family members. Use a simple approach to define and identify the four different communication styles – Drive, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance. Determine your natural style, learn clues for reading other people’s styles, and apply methods for interacting more effectively with communication styles that aren’t the same as yours.

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Managing Successful Projects

The Facilitative Consultant

Are you an internal or external consultant, or do you use a consultative style in your work? The Facilitative Consultant is a dynamic, interactive course that builds critical skills by using a highly-interactive case study approach. This course outlines a comprehensive framework for all stages of the consulting process from defining client needs to running a project to reviewing results. The Facilitative Consultant focuses on relationship management, allowing you to increase your credibility and trust with clients, enhance your communication effectiveness and better manage expectations. This team-based course offers you the opportunity to solve a real-life client problem by applying your new skills.

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Facilitating Masterful Meetings

Facilitating Masterful Meetings is a convenient two-day course designed to help you improve your daily meetings with smart (and practical) meeting facilitation skills and techniques. This course also expands on how to create a meeting “revolution” inside your organization to help others stop the common problems perpetuated in most meetings – late starts, unproductive time misused, discussions without purpose, and group dysfunction – all culprits of wasted resources and money. You will walk away with a transformed vision of effective meetings plus the necessary tools to equip you in your everyday meetings.

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Facilitating Virtual Meetings: Essentials

This course is designed for people who lead more basic meetings where some or all participants are remote and but do so virtually. The class gives a structured approach to basic virtual meeting management and flow.  This curriculum allows for participants to truly see the techniques modeled throughout the course.

View More

The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link

This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually. The tools and techniques are adapted to the virtual environment, making remote meetings just as successful and productive as face-to-face.

View More

The Effective Facilitator

Our flagship course, The Effective Facilitator covers the 10 principles of facilitation, more than 100 techniques, and includes 6 exercises culminating a video-taped practice session.

Topics include how to:

  • Motivate a group
  • Build consensus
  • Manage dysfunction
  • Maintain group focus
  • Generate ownership
  • Inspire people to action

Following the 4-day course, select from one of our quarterly offerings of The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link. This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually.

*PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Activity: Up to 24 PDUs

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Training Delivery & Design

The Engaging Trainer

Facilitating Impactful Learning (formerly Facilitation Skills for Trainers)- 3 days | Designed for trainers and instructors, this three-day course equips you with a full toolbox of strategies for engaging participants in dynamic and interactive training segments. Trainers and instructors will be able to design and employ an approach that engages ANY audience and makes training really stick. Special Feature: Bring a module from your own class to get feedback and recommendations for transforming it using the techniques from The Engaging Trainer! (can be done in shorter customized versions)

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Consulting & Client Relationship Management

The Facilitative Consultant

Are you an internal or external consultant, or do you use a consultative style in your work? The Facilitative Consultant is a dynamic, interactive course that builds critical skills by using a highly-interactive case study approach. This course outlines a comprehensive framework for all stages of the consulting process from defining client needs to running a project to reviewing results. The Facilitative Consultant focuses on relationship management, allowing you to increase your credibility and trust with clients, enhance your communication effectiveness and better manage expectations. This team-based course offers you the opportunity to solve a real-life client problem by applying your new skills.

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Facilitating Masterful Meetings

Facilitating Masterful Meetings is a convenient two-day course designed to help you improve your daily meetings with smart (and practical) meeting facilitation skills and techniques. This course also expands on how to create a meeting “revolution” inside your organization to help others stop the common problems perpetuated in most meetings – late starts, unproductive time misused, discussions without purpose, and group dysfunction – all culprits of wasted resources and money. You will walk away with a transformed vision of effective meetings plus the necessary tools to equip you in your everyday meetings.

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DISCourse

DISCover your one-on-one communication effectiveness with peers, subordinates, clients, even friends and family members. Use a simple approach to define and identify the four different communication styles – Drive, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance. Determine your natural style, learn clues for reading other people’s styles, and apply methods for interacting more effectively with communication styles that aren’t the same as yours.

View More

Facilitating Virtual Meetings: Essentials

This course is designed for people who lead more basic meetings where some or all participants are remote and but do so virtually. The class gives a structured approach to basic virtual meeting management and flow.  This curriculum allows for participants to truly see the techniques modeled throughout the course.

View More

The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link

This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually. The tools and techniques are adapted to the virtual environment, making remote meetings just as successful and productive as face-to-face.

View More

The Effective Facilitator

Our flagship course, The Effective Facilitator covers the 10 principles of facilitation, more than 100 techniques, and includes 6 exercises culminating a video-taped practice session.

Topics include how to:

  • Motivate a group
  • Build consensus
  • Manage dysfunction
  • Maintain group focus
  • Generate ownership
  • Inspire people to action

Following the 4-day course, select from one of our quarterly offerings of The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link. This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually.

*PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Activity: Up to 24 PDUs

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Strategic Thinking and Planning

Strategic Planning for Government and Non-Profits

When leaders have a strategic vision, they can influence the organization to make decisions along the way that bring that vision into reality. This workshop introduces The Drivers Model, a robust yet simple method for strategic thinking – specifically geared toward government agencies and non-profit organizations.

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What Every Leader Should Know About Strategic Planning

How do you get a group of diverse leaders focused on developing a clear and inspiring, yet measurable and actionable, strategic direction? All too often strategic plans are lofty, feel-good visions which sit on a shelf and are never implemented. In this workshop, you will learn the secrets to preparing, developing, implementing and monitoring a successful strategic planning effort.

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Secrets to Facilitating Strategy

This course provides a detailed understanding of the building blocks that make up a strategic plan and framework for facilitating teams through the planning process. Begin by building a plan at your own pace through our online course, Springboard Online, designed to teach you our Drivers Model within just a few hours. Then, join the other participants for a three-day session focused on facilitation best practices and key techniques for strategic planning. Our approach provides practical step-by-step direction, including a road map for constructing a strategic plan for your organization and tips for judging the quality of each component of your plan.

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Please note both live and virtual classes are available.

2019

The Effective Facilitator – 4 days

Dec 16 – Dec 19 – Washington, D.C.

2020

The Effective Facilitator – 4 days

Jan 13 – Jan 16 – Dallas, TX

Jan 13 – Jan 16 – Washington, D.C.

Jan 27 – Jan 30 – Denver, CO

Jan 27 – Jan 30 – Atlanta, GA

Feb 3 – Feb 6 – Washington, D.C.

Feb 10 – Feb 13 – Seattle, WA

Feb 24 – Feb 27 – Atlanta, GA

Mar 2 – Mar 5 – Washington, D.C.

Mar 9 – Mar 12 – Chicago, IL

Mar 16 – Mar 19 – Boston, MA

Mar 23 – Mar 26 – Atlanta, GA

Mar 30 – Apr 2 – San Francisco, CA

Apr 6 – Apr 9 – Las Vegas, NV

Apr 6 – Apr 9 – Washington, D.C.

Apr 20 – Apr 23 – New York, NY

Apr 27 – Apr 30 – Atlanta, GA

May 4 – May 7 – Seattle, WA

May 4 – May 7 – Washington, D.C.

May 12 – May 15 – Boston, MA

May 18 – May 21 – Los Angeles, CA

May 18 – May 21 – Atlanta, GA

Jun 1 – Jun 4 – Washington, D.C.

Jun 8 – Jun 11 – Denver, CO

Jun 15 – Jun 18 – Atlanta, GA

Jun 22 – Jun 25 – Dallas, TX

Jul 6 – Jul 9 – Washington, D.C.

Jul 13 – Jul 16 – Chicago, IL

Jul 20 – Jul 23 – San Francisco, CA

Jul 27 – Jul 30 – Atlanta, GA

Aug 3 – Aug 6 – Washington, D.C.

Aug 10 – Aug 13 – Los Angeles, CA

Aug 17 – Aug 20 – New York, NY

Aug 24 – Aug 27 – Atlanta, GA

Sep 14 – Sep 17 – Denver, CO

Sep 14 – Sep 17 – Washington, D.C.

Sep 21 – Sep 24 – Atlanta, GA

Sep 28 – Oct 1 – Washington, D.C.

Sep 28 – Oct 1 – Seattle, WA

Oct 12 – Oct 15 – Las Vegas, NV

Oct 19 – Oct 22 – Atlanta, GA

Oct 26 – Oct 29 – Washington, D.C.

Oct 26 – Oct 29 – Chicago, IL

Nov 2 – Nov 5 – Washington, D.C.

Nov 9 – Nov 12 – Boston, MA

Nov 16 – Nov 19 – San Francisco, CA

Nov 16 – Nov 19 – Atlanta, GA

Dec 7 – Dec 10 – Dallas, TX

Dec 7 – Dec 10 – Washington, D.C.

Dec 14 – Dec 17 – Los Angeles, CA

Dec 14 – Dec 17 – Atlanta, GA

The Engaging Trainer – 3 days

Apr 14 – Apr 16 – Atlanta, GA

Oct 26 – Oct 28 – Atlanta, GA

Advanced Facilitation Skills – 3 days

Jun 8 – Jun 10 – Atlanta, GA

Facilitator Certification Prep – 2 days

Jun 11 – Jun 12 – Atlanta, GA

The Facilitative Consultant – 3 days

Feb 17 – Feb 19 – Atlanta, GA

Jun 29 – Jul 1 – Washington, D.C.

Sep 1 – Sep 3 – Atlanta, GA

Secrets to Facilitating Strategy – 3 days

Jul 21 – Jul 23 – Atlanta, GA

Oct 5 – Oct 7 – Washington, D.C.

Facilitating Virtual Meetings: Essentials – 1 1/2 day

May 12 – May 13 – Virtual

Aug 4 – Aug 5 – Virtual

Nov 3 – Nov 4 – Virtual

The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link – 1 day

Mar 27 – Mar 27 – Virtual

Jun 19 – Jun 19 – Virtual

Sep 25 – Sep 25 – Virtual

Dec 4 – Dec 4 – Virtual

Facilitating Masterful Meetings – 2 days

Feb 20 – Feb 21 – Atlanta, GA

Jul 14 – Jul 15 – Atlanta, GA

Dec 1 – Dec 2 – Atlanta, GA

The Facilitative Leader – 2 days

Feb 3 – Feb 4 – Atlanta, GA

Apr 21 – Apr 22 – Atlanta, GA

Aug 18 – Aug 19 – Atlanta, GA

Sep 9 – Sep 10 – Washington, D.C.

Nov 9 – Nov 10 – Atlanta, GA

DISCourse – 1/2 Day

Jan 24 – Jan 24 – Atlanta, GA

Aug 6 – Aug 6 – Atlanta, GA

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We’re looking to add more classes to our schedule, but we need more host sites. If you can provide us with a facility that fits all of the requirements, 2-3 members of your team can attend a class for free!

If you’re interested, please contact Christine Francis at cfrancis@leadstrat.com.

 

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