Elevate Your Meeting Techniques with the Advanced Facilitation Laboratory
Chris and I have completed the Moving Experiences workbook with skillful assistance from our editor (and daughter), Kelly-Rose McNeil. It was a true family affair and a labor of love, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news (and one downloadable design!) with you.
We had a great time teaching 20 internal consultants for a major Fortune 100 company on the West Coast this fall using Moving Experiences, and we hope you find the exercises as useful as they did!
Read on for more information about Moving Experiences, our facilitation, and to download an example design!
Moving Experiences is the latest version of our designs, exercises, tips, and practices we have shared over the years through McNeil Consulting’s Action Facilitation Laboratory.
If you like what you see, contact us for more information about our consulting, our group work, and our facilitation workshops. Give us a call and we’ll even teach you one of the designs to try out at your next meeting.
Below is a description of the laboratory and its value to participants.
The 25 Great Designs
This workshop combines Facilitation Skills Training with a solid Action Research Foundation. The skills of collecting group data, publishing it, comprehending it, and acting on it are all systematically covered in this unique workshop. Each Action Design builds on the one before it, creating a natural progression of Action Research, which allows time for practice, reflection, and feedback. Participants are immersed in this work from the moment they enter the workshop. Working in pairs, participants learn how to:
- Facilitate classic Action Research Designs from the information provided in the materials
- Design meetings and team experiences that bring issues to light and move performance forward
- Read group dynamics “in-the-moment” – the missing skill that today’s leaders need
- Recognize your own feelings and manage them effectively in meetings
- Make powerful interventions to refocus your team and improve their performance
- Use silence, pauses, and other simple, powerful techniques to help team members reflect on the group process
- Design “on the spot” to help teams change course and move away from unproductive processes
You will be immersed in Action Research from the very beginning of this workshop, and learn from facilitating and participating in the designs. At the end of the workshop, you will have a new array of designs that you can apply in practical ways with real teams.
High-level meeting facilitation is a complex skill. It is learned through repeated practice over time. This workshop delivers a solid foundation on which the participant can build a practice. The exercises are taught through the concept of design so that the principles learned can be applied in a variety of settings. The real value comes through each and every meeting successfully facilitated. The return on your investment comes from increased meeting performance and strategy execution. We have seen incredible results by investing in your high potential leaders and developing their skills for designing, convening, and facilitating critical meetings.
Hope to hear from you soon!