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DC Workshop Series 2018-2019

Get fresh ideas and learn new ways to improve your facilitation skills at MAFN’s Workshop Series.  The sessions begin in September 2018.  This year, we will offer 9 three-hour sessions and one half-day offering in March.  These workshops provide opportunities to network with peers and experts in the facilitation field while gaining valuable continuing education and skills development.  To learn more about MAFN and its workshops visit www.mafn.org.

A Comparison of Participant Assessment Models and Tools
September 28: MAFN Member Cohort.  During this interactive workshop, certified practitioners in MBTI, DISC, EQ, KA, CQ, StrengthsFinder, DS/TPI, and True Colors will describe what each instrument measures, what it can tell you about individuals and groups, and how you can deploy them in different organizational situations and facilitated workshops. You’ll hear your colleagues’ experiences using these assessments – and observations on what works well, and what has not. 

Drawing for Graphic Facilitation and Graphic Recording
October 26: Brian Tarallo.  Have you experienced mental blocks while drawing in front of groups? You’re not alone! In this workshop, you’ll learn simple drawing techniques and how to sketch anything including: seed shapes, callouts, containers, connectors and special effects. You’ll also build your unique visual vocabulary enabling you to represent abstract concepts. You’ll receive Neuland markers to continue practicing your newly developed drawing skills and techniques.
Prism of Value: Building Your Professional Brand for Success
November 16: Liz Wainger.  Frustrated because your bosses or clients don’t appreciate your contribution as a facilitator? Not getting the opportunities you seek? In this workshop you’ll discover how to reframe the way you illuminate the worth you bring to others through the “prism of value.” You’ll also gain an understanding of the right channels to use to do so.

What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking
December 14: Tara Rethore.  In this workshop, we’ll explore scenario thinking – what it is, how it works, and when it’s useful. No matter what the context, the ability to anticipate potential shifts, and develop ways to respond or mitigate the impacts in advance will add to your facilitation toolkit. 

Incorporating Improv Techniques into Your Facilitation Style - Encore!
January 25: Strother Gaines. Back by popular demand! This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn a wide variety of improvisational techniques to punch up your facilitation style and engage your audience more effectively.  By learning improv, you’ll be more comfortable responding to unplanned twists and hiccups while engaging your participants in dynamic and captivating ways. Don’t worry about repeating content. Improv is a muscle you flex repeatedly to strengthen!

Emergenetics® Meeting of the Minds Workshop
February 22: Terry Richardson. Developed through years of psychometric research, the Emergenetics profile accurately measures three behavioral attributes (Expressiveness, Assertiveness, Flexibility) and four thinking attributes (Analytical, Structural, Social, Conceptual). As a pre-requisite, you’ll need to take the profile to fully explore your thinking and behavioral preferences and realize your greater individual and team potential. A profile assessment fee applies.

SPECIAL EVENT: Lego® Serious Play® for Teams
March 29: Dean Meyers. Lego Serious Play (LSP) is a methodology for building and improving team cohesion and communications. As an LSP participant in this half day session, you will leave fully understanding principles such as “thinking with the hands” and employing embodied metaphors as you construct and view 3D objects.  This will enable participants to express thoughts, feelings, conceptual frameworks, and create systems. Participants will learn frameworks for team building, formation, and guiding principles. There will be a separate registration fee for this workshop.

Understanding and Facilitating Agility
April 26: Christine Schubert.  Agile methodologies, used by software development teams, are now being implemented throughout organizations. Agile teams are small and stay close to the customer. As a result, such teams change the way they collaborate and interact. This workshop will demonstrate the basics of Agility and how to facilitate in an agile environment. 

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™
May 31: Cynthia Pace.  The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team is an assessment-based learning experience that will help you discover what it takes to build a high-performing team. Through the use of activities, video review, and discussion, you will experience the workshop in “real time,” as if you were part of a team. A profile assessment fee may apply.

The 2018-2019 MAFN DC Series – The Year in Review
June 28: John Lesko.  Using graphic guides, keywords, photos, timelines, and other visual facilitation techniques to surface the “wisdom of the group” we will share “Ahas” and lessons learned from the year’s workshop series.


 Applying System Theory to Facilitate Group-Level Interventions

September 29: Michael Broom.  Imagine a series of meetings where one person regularly dominates the discussions.  In this workshop, you will improve your group-level interventions in ways that address the underlying systemic issues that cause these challenging situations.  We will explore practical applications of system theories.

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others

October 27: Mark Sachs.  Boundary setting in organizations and with clients can be difficult.  These issues may surface in a variety of interactions, especially in meetings.  This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn techniques to establish and maintain boundaries with the client system so you and your client will be better positioned to succeed.

Incorporating Improv Techniques into Your Facilitation Style

November 17: Strother Gaines.  This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn a wide variety of improvisational techniques to punch up your facilitation style and engage your audience more effectively.  By learning improv, you’ll be more comfortable responding to unplanned twists and hiccups while engaging your participants in a dynamic and captivating ways.

Neuroscience, Facilitation and You

December 15: Jim White.  One of our most highly rated webinar presenters is joining us in person this year.  Jim’s back to more fully explore current breakthroughs in neuroscience and their implications for facilitation.  Specifically, we will explore the Physics of Facilitation©, explore a U.S. government client case study highlighting neuroscience design, and engage in an experiential activity that brings together a various neuroscience principles.

How to Become the Chief Marketing Officer of Your Personal Brand

January 26: Jennifer Ransaw Smith.  Whether you work as an internal facilitator or have your own consulting firm, developing your personal brand is critical to your success.  This session will provide you with tools and strategies to leverage your expertise to differentiate yourself from your colleagues, elevate your profile, and increase your visibility.

Listening Our Shared World into Being

February 23: Rosa Zubizaretta.  We will engage in an experiential taste of Dynamic Facilitation and how groups can explore highly-charged issues in an emotionally safe and creative way.  Used in Europe, Dynamic Facilitation is an effective way to work across silos and with multi-stakeholder groups to tap the creative potential of differences.

Engaging and Energizing Participants Using Liberating Structures

March 23: Erin Stock and Mae Cooper.  Liberating Structures create a safe space to amplify all voices and unleash innovation in groups of any size.  In this quick-paced session, you will engage in a variety of Liberating Structure practices to both reflect on your work and learn more about these techniques and how they energize participants.

Expanding Your Disruptors Toolkit

April 27: Chris Berendes.  Disruption and conflict are facts of life in facilitated meetings, especially public ones. They can be distracting, even destructive. What if you could make that disruptive energy productive, while maintaining your composure and reputation? This session will focus on the Respect/Protect/Sustain model for channeling disruption, help you organize your disruptor skills; and provide opportunities to practice them.


Incorporating Interactive Techniques into Your Facilitation Style – FULL DAY SESSION

May 18: Thiagi (aka Sivasailam Thiagarajan).  Looking for strategies to enliven your facilitation style?  We will explore how you can engage and energize meeting participants on the journey to achieving key objectives.  From ice breakers to wrap up, we will experience techniques you can use in a wide variety of sessions. 

Squirms – Learning from our Darkest Facilitation Moments

June 22: Bill Yoder, Patrick Tallarico, and Laura Holbrook.  Back by popular demand!  This is your chance to: reflect on your most challenging facilitation moments; assess lessons learned; and hear feedback from others on alternative ideas and approaches that will expand your facilitation toolbox.


For details of individual events, see our Event Listing page.


All sessions are held on Fridays at GAO building (441 G St, NW, Washington, DC) from 9:00 AM to Noon. Breakfast and networking begin at 8:30 AM.

Metro: Judiciary Square, Red Line.



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