Facilitation Essentials: Effectively Managing Group Conversations

Facilitation Essentials: Effectively Managing Group Conversations

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Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018 Eastern


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


J.W. Marriott, Jr.–ASAE Conference Center / ASAE Building

1575 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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Meetings are integral to any organization. At their best, they are an effective means of planning, brainstorming, building relationships, and managing ideas. At their worst, meetings are a waste of time and effort.  Effective facilitation skills can help ensure that the conversations you have at your meetings, retreats, and planning sessions are productive and worthwhile.

This informative course will review key facilitation principles and how to apply them to your face-to-face meetings. Some of these concepts can also enhance your virtual meetings. Association professionals who conduct meetings for staff colleagues, boards or committees, or volunteer groups will find this program especially helpful. Dawn Rhine Certified Professional Facilitator, will share her knowledge plus tips and techniques to help your meetings be productive and satisfying.
Register now to learn more on these critical topics:

  • Understanding group facilitation: Explore roles and facilitation principles, separating process from content, and distinguishing facilitation.
  • Laying the groundwork: Establish the meeting’s purpose and desired outcomes, select the right participants and set expectations, identify key topics, and craft a results-based agenda.
  • Guide your meeting: Open and close effectively, guide participation, handle disagreement and build consensus, and manage dysfunction and intervention.

  • Agenda

    • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
      Registration and Networking

      9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
      Understanding Group Facilitation Laying the Important Groundwork: Planning and Preparing for Your Meeting

      10:30 – 10:40 a.m.
      Networking Break

      10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Setting the Stage: The Important Opening
      Guiding the Process: Keep the Group Focused and On-Task

      12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

      12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
      Preparing for Group Decision-Making
      Managing Dysfunction and Interventions

      2:15 – 2:25 p.m.
      Networking Break

      2:25 – 4:00 p.m.
      Concluding the Meeting:The Important Close
      Exploring Other Techniques and Best Practicies

  • Speakers

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      Dawn Rhine, CPF

      Dawn Rhine is managing director and lead facilitator for Synergy Forces, LLC, which she launched in 2005. She is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with expertise in helping groups collaborate in a more productive way. She has served associations, government, and corporate clients with a commitment to achieving the best outcomes. Dawn has nearly 20 years of experience as an association executive, working for such organizations as the Consumer Electronics Association, Newspaper Association of America, and American Nurses Association. She is an active member of the International Association of Facilitators, the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network, the Association for Strategic Planning, BoardSource, the Association for Psychological Type International, and ASAE.

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