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Looking for the best conferences to attend this spring to improve your facilitative soft skills – like group management techniques, strategic planning best practices, and collaboration strategies? Join Michael Wilkinson, Leadership Strategies’ founder and industry-leading Certified Master Facilitator, in these interactive events. Get ready to innovate and sharpen your skills. Mark your calendar NOW (and don’t forget to download and share the free related resources below)!


International Association of Facilitators North American & Caribbean Conference (IAFNAC 2016)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean)

The Seven Separators of Facilitation Excellence – April 7, 8:30am – 5:30pm

Description: You usually know within 10 minutes of a session if the facilitator is strong enough to make it worth your time to stay. As key agents of change, we must be able to facilitate powerful decision-making, strategies and solutions among the teams you lead – while keeping sessions engaging enough for 100% participation. How do you implement solutions and impact change without key facilitation skills to lead groups and gain buy-in? You DON’T. Facilitators must harness excellent group leadership skills to achieve full-scale results that deliver – skills that separate facilitators from being GREAT than good. In this dynamic, highly-interactive session, you will learn the seven separators of facilitation excellence and over 20 techniques to begin using immediately.

Related Resource: Free eBook, The 10 Principles of Facilitation

Closing the Distance: Engagement Strategies in Virtual Facilitation – April 9, 8:30am – 10:00am

Description: Facilitation skills are essential to keeping your group engaged in virtual meetings and virtual training environments. Too often, participants face the glaring temptation to multitask behind the scenes. Dysfunction may erupt and slow down the productivity of a group without your knowledge. Participants feel they are either limited or without the structure, process, or tools necessary to conduct work and make critical decisions. How do you, as the meeting facilitator, rally the group to deliver results when you encounter these challenges? Discover critical components of virtual facilitation, how to overcome common dysfunctions in virtual meetings, and engagement strategies that encourage full group participation as if you’re all in the same room.

Related Resource: Free checklist, 14 Tips to Lead Successful Virtual Meetings

The Advanced ‘s Facilitator Forum – April 9, 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Description: All too often conferences address the needs of beginning and intermediate facilitators, but few have sessions especially designed for the advanced facilitator. Wouldn’t it be great to have a forum for veterans to share best practices and learn from one another? During this 180-minute segment, you will have the opportunity to share your facilitation experiences and best practices from the past year and provide insights to, and gain insights from, other facilitators on upcoming sessions and past challenges. Veteran facilitator, Michael Wilkinson, serves as your coordinator for creating the vehicle for maximizing our joint learnings. Don’t miss this opportunity!

SIGN UP for the IAFNAC conference.


Association for Talent Development (ATD) International Conference & Expo
  • Denver, Colorado (U.S.)

Facilitation Excellence: Talent Development Tools to Drive Engagement and Change – May 23, 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Description: As a talent development leader, your role requires careful strategy, a collaborative relationship with your executive peers, and a strong ability to deliver solutions across the enterprise. Talent development professionals are key agents of change, making your role unique and pivotal to your organization. How do you implement solutions and effect change without key facilitation skills to lead groups and gain buy-in? You don’t. Your business knowledge alone won’t always help you achieve better decisions. You must harness great facilitation skills to achieve full-scale results that deliver. In this session, you will learn key facilitation skills and more than a dozen techniques to begin using immediately.

Related Resource: Free eBook, Your Guide to Being a Facili-Trainer

SIGN UP for the ATD conference here.


Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition
  • Washington, D.C. (U.S.)

HR’s Role in Influencing Your Organization’s Strategy – June 21, 10:45am – 12:00pm, & June 22, 10:00am – 11:15am

Description: For HR leaders to gain the ear of senior executives, we must be able to confidently speak and understand strategy. HR’s role in facilitating change shapes our power to influence strategic thinking and strategic planning. Hone your knowledge on what it takes to create a solid plan. This session will help you confidently discuss strategic planning and its components with business leaders.

Related Resource: Free eBook, 4 Components of Strategic Planning: An Essential Guide to Strategy

SIGN UP for the SHRM conference here.


Contact Leadership Strategies if you have questions about these sessions.