Facilitating Group Participation – Blended Learning 7 week program

  • Oct 19 - Dec 18, 2020
    October 19, 2020 - December 8, 2020
    2:00 pm
  • Jan 11 - March 5, 2021
    January 11, 2021 - February 16, 2021
    2:00 pm

Learn how to create productive and engaging meetings that people want to attend!

Learn, practice, and reflect on over 21 facilitation listening skills.
Learn to develop purpose driven agendas.

Average employees attend 62 meetings per month.
35-50% of managers time is spent in meetings.
25-50% of meetings are poor.
Additional meetings are held to resolve issues again, and again…

Planning and executing an effective meeting takes time, knowledge, and practice.  Employees are fearful of practicing new meeting techniques in the workplace.   During this online course, the participants can practice online meeting facilitation with their peers in a safe environment.

Use every tool possible to make the most of your meetings

Wasted meeting time contributes to
lower job satisfaction, negative job attitudes, higher intentions to quit,
lower meeting attendance and diminished effort.

This course includes an eBook copy of the Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision Making, authored by the world’s leading expert on collaboration, Sam Kaner.  We will breakdown, practice,  and explore the aspects of facilitating participatory meetings.  Studies show that participation in meetings is related positively to performance and greater commitment to carry out out action decided at meetings.

Participation in meetings contributes to
employees feeling valued for their contributions and
employees feeling included in the organization in a meaningful way.

Achieving the highest level of employee engagement requires the participants to have both technological and socio-emotional support.  This support will result in increasing engagement in work activities. Building effective connections, on a human level, increases the development of employee engagement.  Fostering higher levels of employee engagement produces higher quality outcomes.  Highly engaged employees are more committed to organizational success with stronger ties to team members.  Workplace meetings are a powerful tool to achieve employee engagement.

Employees that participate in meetings
improve performance and engage in the decision making process.
They feel safe in providing ideas, inventive thinking, and decisions without negative consequences.

What does the course include?

  • State of the art learning platform accessible via mobile or computer
  • 7 online 90-minute meetings – each practicing a new method or tool (optional – recorded for later viewing)
  • Recorded online meetings for playback at anytime
  • Opportunities to facilitate break-out meetings weekly
  • New topics each week
  • Individual coaching and mentoring for your particular meeting challenges
  • Access to course for 90-days after course completion date
  • Certificate of completion
  • Small learning groups of 20 maximum
  • Group online discussions and reflections of practice

What can I expect as a participant?

The more you participate the more you get out of the course.  This is an interactive, engaging course.  You should expect to spend:

  • 2-3 hours of reading weekly
  • Weekly posting and reading discussions
  • 90 minute weekly online meeting or playback of recorded meeting
  • Additional practice of newly acquired skills, on your own, to share with the group

Past participants said….

  • “Taking this course was the most valuable thing I did this summer.  In the last few weeks, since the course ended, I used the skills I learned in every single meeting I participate and lead.” Tyler
  • “I learned quite a lot and love the book.  It is a great resource for me to go back to.”  Stefania
  • “I loved the sections on agendas and chart writing.” Tara
  • ” This course has been valuable to my personal and work growth.   I have improved my communication skills. I am learning to be more thoughtful and participatory.  My meeting agendas have been updated with all groups providing positive feedback on the changes.” Audrey

What will we cover during the 7-weeks?

  • Module 1:  Principles of Facilitation – Learn the roles of a facilitator and how the roles affect how we manage meetings.
  • Module 2: Facilitative Listening Skills – Explore and try out over 21 different listening skills.
  • Module 3: Chart Writing Techniques – Learn the value of color, borders and icons building new and creative charts both on-line and in-person.
  • Module 4: Effective Brainstorming – Determine the best brainstorming tool for the situation.  Try out a variety of methods online.
  • Module 5: Productive Discussions – Learn how to facilitate open and honest discussions.
  • Module 6: Designing Agendas – Improve your agendas by implementing best practices for clarity and purpose.
  • Module 7: From Difficult People to Constructive Outcomes – Diagnose difficult situations and remedies.

What is the cost?

$495.00 per participant includes an electronic copy of the book, Facilitator’s Guide to Group Participatory Decision Making.  Contact Laurie Dougherty via email at Laurie@Dougherty-Inc.com for a payment plan of  4 payments of $125 each via credit card.

Frequently asked questions….


  • What happens if I miss a week?   You can catch up at anytime.  A new module is released each week.   Modules can be taken in any order. If you miss a week, you can go back and catch up.
  • How do I get my book?   We send you an e-book after you register.  Printed copies are upon request.
  • Is there a discount for more than one from my company?   We offer group rates for in-house courses,  and discounts for organizational memberships.  Contact us for revenue sharing opportunities for your association to sponsor this training.
  • I have a PROMO code?  How do I use it?   Enter the promo code at the registration check out page.  Promo codes are valid for any course start date.
  • When does registration close?   Registration closes one week prior to class start date.
  • Is there an orientation?  Yes. Our first meeting online via zoom will be an orientation on the platform and meeting your participants.
  • When will the 90-minute online meetings be for the classes?   Meetings are each Friday at 2pm est. for 90-minutes.  Cohort beginning October 19th – zoom meetings (optional) are:  October 23, 30,  Nov 6, 13, 20,  Dec 4, 11, 18th at 2pm eastern time.  Cohort beginning January 11th, 2021 – zoom meetings (optional) are: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5  at 2pm est.
  • What is your refund policy?   If you request to withdraw from the class, within 2 weeks of the start, you will be refunded all fees except $50 for the cost of the book.

 – Register today for better meetings tomorrow –




The Canvas Learning Management Platform offers interactivity in between sessions.  F2F Online collaboration will vary between zoom and adobeconnect.

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January 11, 2021 - Start $495.00 (USD)