Facilitation and Design

Learn Meeting and Training Facilitation

For anybody who designs and leads meetings, trainings, or retreats

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Let me just start by saying, it’s not about charisma.

Bad meetings do happen…
Too often, trainings make us want to drive pencils into our eyes…
And, it doesn’t have to be that way…

You can enliven, engage, and greatly improve your meetings, trainings, and retreats.

Great facilitators use techniques and structure that make it seem like magic. We will break down the essentials to be learnable, knowable, and doable. You’ll learn the basic and artful elements of design & facilitation.

Join me!

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Facilitation & Design Level 1
Dates & location coming soon

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Facilitation & Design Level 2
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Liberating Structures

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Dates coming soon for:
Seattle, Washington
Bozeman, Montana
Denver, Colorado


Facilitation & Design: Level 1

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Applying foundational techniques isn't complex, special or unique - but it does require some focus, practice, and deliberate attention. We’ll learn how to execute effective design and facilitation for a variety of settings.

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This two-day course teaches the foundations of how to design and facilitate. You will learn how to create and deliver essential components for any gathering like meetings, briefings, trainings, and retreats.

*No facilitation or design experience required, although please have an idea of what might you facilitate in the future.

Key Topics:
Finding clear purpose
Effective structuring
Powerful beginnings and container building
Neuroscience of learning and attention
Sequencing, agenda building, timing, transitions
Facilitator skills, role, and presence

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Outcomes:

  • Design and structural elements for any event

  • Essential techniques and skills for facilitation

  • Vocabulary on adult learning & neuroscience

  • Methods for giving and receiving feedback for growth

  • Curated resources

  • The possibility to improve the culture of meetings, trainings, and other gatherings


Facilitation & Design: Level 2

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Are you running meetings and leading trainings and you know you could use a tune-up on your skills and techniques? Looking to expand your repertoire of methods and improve your delivery skills?

If you are already facilitating and designing gatherings like meeting, workshops, retreats, and trainings, then this two day course is for you.

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Key Topics:
Facilitator presence
Co-facilitation
When things go wrong
Paradoxes and principles of our work
Skillful sequencing
Giving and getting help from other facilitators

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Outcomes:

  • Doable ways be a more skillful and artful (co) facilitator

  • Techniques for improved design, engagement, experience, and results

  • Enhanced facilitator presence, and insights into your blind spots

  • Effective responses to disruption, unusual outcomes, and unexpected variations

  • Methods for giving and receiving feedback for growth

  • Curated resources


Educators, at least since John Dewey, have persuasively argued that human beings, and particularly adults, learn best from their own experience
— Sharon Parks

What these courses will look like and sound like...

There is an art to the two-day workshop, and I pay close attention to how we learn as much as what we learn in that time. We’ll learn by doing, through conversation, and by reflecting on our own most relevant experiences.

You’ll be working in small groups and large groupings, with lots of peer to peer discussion, doing things like building (and dismantling) your understandings, giving and getting help, working through rapid cycles of practice, building visual representation of our progress, and having some serious fun.

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About the Instructor

I’m Maggie and I design and facilitate A LOT of meetings and trainings. I work as a consultant/facili-trainer in the public, private, education, and non-profit sectors. My style is both inviting and demanding. I have over 10 years of experience in teaching, facilitation and instructional design. As a high-energy pedagogy geek, my facilitation approach is driven by neuroscience and theories like complexity science and emergence. I”m super curious about how we make meaning and draw out collective intelligence in groups. Read more about me and my work.