Your Meeting Coach


               Your Meeting Coach

Your Meeting Coach

Upcoming events

    • 06 Aug 2019
    • 07 May 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • Westwood Church 4412 N. Apopka Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL. ,

    Note: Start date is  August 6-8, 2019

    The year-long Mastering ToP (MToP) program is designed for leaders who want to master their engagement and facilitation skills and expand their competencies. You will learn more about ToP method theory, acquire and apply new tools, practice with real clients, and share feedback with peers and certified professionals. 

    I. Learning Intensives: Each quarter, MToP cohorts meet in-person for three days of intensive work

    Intensive 1: Facilitating Depth Reflection
    Learn to enhance participatory environments, and dive into focused conversation, wave methodology, and image shift methods.

    Intensive 2: Facilitating Consensus Building
    Focus on the consensus workshop method and its many variations, while exploring how to create multi-sensory impact.

    Intensive 3: Orchestrating Group Action
    Co-facilitate Action Planning sessions with real clients and deepen understanding of Strategic Planning methods.

    Intensive 4: Designing for Transformative Change
    Learn how to design exceptional events and produce effective results,. Discover how to integrate other methods. Deliver a presentation on your Personal Inquiry Project.

    II. Field Experience: Practice and ongoing project learning between intensives

    Apply methods between training sessions.   Develop a Personal Inquiry Project. 

    Receive course materials, including an MToP Handbook, digital resources, and books: The Art of Focused Conversation and The Workshop Book.  Those interested in certification can participate in a special cohort group. 

    III. Mentoring: Group mentoring meetings with colleagues and a mentor facilitator

    • Enhance your ability to design a diverse array of meetings.
    • Experience methods in action through joint facilitation and observation.
    • Receive and share feedback to foster growth and insight from mentor facilitators.

    MToP program prices range from $3,500 to $5,500 (see chart). Full payment is due by program start. If needed, contact us to discuss alternate payment options. Fees do not include lodging or meals.

    Prerequisites include:   ToP Facilitation Methods required ToP Strategic Planning recommended Commitment to attend quarterly intensive sessions and to spend time developing and practicing skills Readiness to get serious... and have fun!

    Term I: August 6-8, 2019
    Term II: November 5-7, 2019
    Term III: February 4-6, 2020
    Term IV: May 5-7, 2020

    • 13 Jan 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 14 Jan 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Florida Dept. of Elder Affairs, 4040 Esplanade Way, Tallahasse, FL 32399
    • 24

    Description: Demonstrates proven ways to achieve group participation including effective conversations, gaining consensus and motivating action.  Teaches the three ToP Facilitation Methodologies that are the basis for all other ToP Courses. 

    1. The ToP® Focused Conversation: provides a context for meaningful communication. It is used to facilitate group discussions, which allow members to share diverse perspectives in a productive and non-confrontational way. 

    2. The ToP® Consensus Workshop: facilitates group consensus-based decisions that respect the diversity of perspectives within the group inspire individual action and move the group toward joint resolve and action. 

    3. The ToP® Action Planning Process: is used to plan an event or project.  This process clarifies and delineates the task and aligns the creativity, capabilities, interests, and resources of the group.  The group decides necessary actions, roles, and responsibilities.  The process builds trust, support enthusiasm, and consensus. 


    • Learn a structured process to lead a meaningful exchange of ideas and make crucial decisions together.
    • Learn proven methods to shape and ask questions that stimulate candid feedback and discussion. 
    • Obtain a framework for any group process, from a small workshop to a multi-day conference. 
    • Obtain problem-solving techniques to bring many diverse ideas into a consensus. 
    • Develop action plans and strategies in a fraction of the time needed by traditional methods. 
    • See the three methods demonstrated.
    • Volunteers receive coaching in applying the methodologies through hands-on practice. 

    Agenda Day One


    • Introductions/Overview on Facilitative Leadership
    • Introduction of the Focused Conversation Method
    • Demonstration of the Focused Conversation Method 
    • Walk-Through of the Theory of the Focused Conversation Method 
    • Preparation of Focused Conversations for Practice


    • Practice of the Focused Conversation Method 
    • Introduction of the Consensus Workshop Method
    • Demonstration of the Consensus Workshop Method 
    • Walk-Through of the Consensus Workshop Method 
    • Application of the Consensus Workshop Method
    Agenda Day Two


    • Review of the Methods and Applications 
    • Introduction of the Action Planning Method 
    • Demonstration of the Action Planning Method 
    • Walk-through of the Action Planning Method


    • Applications of the Action Planning Method
    • Preparation for Practice of Consensus Workshop Method 
    • Small group practice sessions with debrief
    • Applications of Methods in a real situation


    • Engage and motivate groups for action. 
    • Save time and money with increased productivity.
    • Increase confidence in facilitating team meetings. 
    • Heighten effectiveness in leading team communications and input sessions. 
    • Gain higher engagement, motivation and greater results from teams or community groups. 
    Who Should Take This Course:  
    • Facilitators, trainers and consultants
    • Those beginning their facilitation journey
    • Those who lead or attend many meetings
    • Organizational leaders and managers responsible for strategic and operational planning
    • Project managers responsible for organizational operations and project action campaigns
    • Local, state and federal leaders responsible for program development, project implementation, and policy formation. 

    Prerequisite:  None
    Length of Workshop:  2 days  8:30 am - 5:00 pm 

    Course Length: Two days

    Trainers:   Laurie Dougherty, CTF, CAE

    Qualifies for CHES and MCHES Credits. 
    Qualifies for 14.5 CAE credits 
    Qualifies for 14.5 CM - Certified Planning Credits - American Planning Association

    Closest Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express,  7474 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32818,  Phone: (407) 290-2710

    Airports:  Orlando
    (Stay awhile after and visit the Magic Kingdom)

    • 15 Jan 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Dept. of Elder Affairs, 4040 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399

    ToP Strategic Planning - 2 day workshop*
    The ToP Strategic Planning Process builds on the learning from the ToP Facilitation Methods course (a prerequisite). It demonstrates how to weave the basic ToP methods into an integrated approach to strategic planning. The resulting plan is realistic, achievable, and easy to monitor.

    The five steps of the ToP Strategic Planning process are: Preparation and Design; Practical Vision; Underlying Contradictions; Strategic Directions; and Focused Implementation. Skilled trainers demonstrate each step of the ToP Strategic Planning process and clarify the rationale behind each step, providing examples from their own facilitation experience. Participants practice the methods during the course. 


    • Align organization members around common goals and strategies
    • Identify well-focused actions that lead to big breakthroughs
    • Enable a group to come to a common vision and own the resulting plan
    • Weave together the basic tools to address complex meeting requirements

    Day One


    • Course Overview and Introductions
    • Practical Vision Workshop Demonstration
    • Practical Vision Workshop Walk-Through
    • Morning Reflection


    • Participant Led Exercise
    • Underlying Obstacles Workshop Demonstration
    • Underlying Obstacles’ Workshop Walk Through
    • Day 1 Closing Reflection

    Day Two

    • Day 2 Prep and Overview
    • Participant Led Focused Conversation: Crafting Strategy
    • Strategic Directions Workshop Demonstration
    • Strategic Directions Workshop Walk Through


    • Participant Led Demonstrations of Strategic Directions Themes
    • Focused Implementation Workshop Demonstration Focused Implementation Workshop Walk Through Personal Applications, Closing Reflection

    * Pre-requisite class ToP Facilitation Methods

    ToP® Strategic Planning courses are eligible for continuing education credit by National Commission for Health Education Certification (13.5 CECH) and American Institute for Certified Planners (14.5 CM).

    Florida Dept. of Health employees may be invoiced after the event. 
    Dougherty, Inc. is a MyFloridaMarketPlace approved vendor. and listed on Sunbiz as Dougherty, Inc. Facilitation and Training

    Hotels nearest to the training are: 

    Homewood Suites by HIlton,  2987 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL  32311
    Hampton Inn, 2979 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32302
    Springhill Suites Tallahassee Central, 1300 Executive Center Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301

    For in-house,  non profit or student rates, please email

Dougherty, Inc.
2388 SE 17th Terr., Homestead, Fl  33035
Phone:  888-400-1029  Email:

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