Group Facilitation Skills Workshop from Sarah Fisk

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groupFaciCommunity At Work is pleased to be of a course called “Group Facilitation Skills: Putting Participatory Values into Practice” coming up December 10-12, 2013 OR January 28-30, 2014. The course is taught by Sarah Fisk, PhD, and will be administered at Community At Work in San Francisco. NCDD members receive a 25% discount.

Course Synopsis
This course teaches participants how to put participatory values into practice. Skill building is emphasized, with practice sessions in the following areas:

  • Stand-up skills
  • Group-oriented listening skills
  • Brainstorming technique
  • Tools for prioritizing long lists
  • Facilitating open discussions
  • Breaking into small groups
  • Using structured go-arounds
  • Understanding and working with group norms
  • Handling conflict respectfully
  • Consensus-building technique
  • Dealing with difficult dynamics
  • Goal setting
  • Agenda design
  • And procedures for making final decisions

Participants are exposed to more than 200 tools and techniques. Everyone receives a copy of the Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making.

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About the Workshop Leader
Sarah Fisk, PhD, is a nationally-known specialist in group facilitation and collaboration. She is a co-author of the internationally acclaimed Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. Sarah has been a featured speaker at the annual conferences of the International Association of Facilitators and the National Organization Development Network, and she holds an adjunct professorship at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Sarah’s corporate clients have included Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab & Company, Symantec, and many other Fortune 500 Companies. Her public sector clients have included the City of Edmonton Canada, Special Olympics and March of Dimes.

Since 1996 Sarah has been a senior consultant with Community At Work, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that specializes in designing and facilitating participatory approaches to solving complex problems.

More Information
Contact Duane Berger at [email protected] or 415-282-9876.

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