WORKSHOP DESIGN & FACILITATION
Workshops can be incredibly powerful tools if done properly. Too often, however, the term workshop in the consulting world means "a collective waste of time and money."
I have extensive experience designing and leading effective workshops. I’ve worked with several Fortune 500 clients to help them achieve rapid, valuable outcomes by:
- Working closely with client and project team members to clarify realistic objectives
- Identifying the proper participants
- Creating balanced, achievable agendas
- Getting the right team in the workshop – experienced facilitator(s), subject matter experts, note takers
- Capturing everything that happens in the meeting
- Focusing on actions and outcomes, and on owners and accountability
Facilitation, the ability to lead groups in goal-oriented meetings and work sessions, is one of the most valuable skills I’ve gained in my career. A gaping chasm lives between a good meeting that achieves the desired outcome and a bad one that wastes everyone’s time. A great facilitator helps participants cross that chasm. Contrary to what many might think, facilitation is not an ability; it’s a learned and teachable skill. After my initial training back in 1999, I’ve had the opportunity to facilitate countless meetings and workshops, from 2-200 people, across a wide array of industries and situations. A few examples of engagements where I designed and facilitated workshops are given below. In addition, a presentation is available for download that shows training materials I created and used with my own teams in an effort to impart this valuable skill.