Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network

Events & Learning Opportunities

MAFN offers a wide range of learning opportunities to develop new skills and master new techniques and approaches. For almost 20 years, MAFN has been the leader in professional development opportunities in facilitation across the Mid-Atlantic region. Catering to all levels of facilitation experience, MAFN's workshops receive rave reviews from participants!

MAFN workshops feature a variety of topics related to deepening and broadening the skills of facilitators. Our workshops are designed to be interactive and provide experiential learning for all participants as they learn from the expertise of others. 

Each month MAFN hosts two workshops: a 90 minute workshop and a three hour workshop.

Our 90 minute workshops offer grounding and resources on the focus topic and are included in MAFN membership.  Our three hour workshops offer more time for discussion and practice during the session.

Both types of workshops will begin at 12:00pm Eastern and are being offered online through June of 2022. 

Occasionally MAFN will also host special events or speakers. See details below for upcoming events. 

Upcoming events

    • 12/09/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    Visuals are central to facilitating engaging meetings, but many facilitators and trainers lack a strong design muscle. Stop making boring, meaningless slide decks and start bringing visuals into your meetings in a fun, purposeful and creative way that will have a real impact on improving the outcomes of your meeting.

    This workshop is a teaser-version of Voltage Control's latest course "Introduction to Facilitating with Visuals".

    Learning Objectives 

    In this workshop, participants will:

    • Learn the five things every facilitator should be able to draw

    • Explore design principles that can be applied to visual templates and MURAL board designs

    NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT.

    Speakers:

    As a certified virtual facilitator, certified coach, experienced visual note-taker and effective leadership development trainer, Lauren Green believes in the power of visualization to support productive and dynamic group processes and knowledge management. Lauren has an extensive toolkit of modalities for designing inclusive, engaging and productive sessions, whether they are held in person, online or in a hybrid/blended format.

    Lauren is the owner and executive director of Dancing with Markers®, a team of visual practitioners who hold space for individuals, teams and organizations, as they work towards their vision and achieve their goals. Lauren holds a master’s degree in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University. Lauren is an International Coach Federation certified coach and an MBTI® and EQi (emotional intelligence) Practitioner.

    Social media: 

    * FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dancingwithmarkers
    * LI:
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/dancing-with-markers/
    * IG: https://www.instagram.com/dancingwithmarkers/
     * YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT0iglUz0tI_uJiMug7lRLw
    * TW: https://twitter.com/dancing_markers
    * PI: https://www.pinterest.com/dancingwithmarkers/_saved/

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
    • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
    • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
    • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM Eastern.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 12/16/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 3-hour workshop 

    About the workshop:

    They wanted WHAT? 180 angry men at a 14hr political meeting in DC? Secretive summit to change marriage values? 3-day Summit of 260 Ambassadors? Town Hall meetings averaging 400 people in 9 states, addressing nuclear waste, offshore ports & wildlife issues? 36 breakout sessions in 3-days all about asphalt? CDC's nationwide Health initiative? National Diversity Summit with 14 facilitators? Events involving multiple languages?

    These & many others went well. Learn & share the processes, best practices, hacks... & even the secrets... (Hint - these hacks work in regular sessions, too!)... so you'll NEVER shy away from complex events.

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will:

           Learn planning factors to negotiate a better contract for complex events.

           Learn & experience best practices that you can design into your sessions to ensure success.

           Experience, practice & share techniques that are easy to learn & apply, to gain confidence in any session.

    NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

    This is a 3-hour online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 3pm EST.

    Speaker:

    Bill Olsen has been facilitating, training, team building, speaking and emcee'ing full time since 1996 around the globe and is a co-founder of MAFN. Known as "The Creative Facilitator", he enjoys the challenge of unique engagements such as those that demand a high degree of complexity, from social sensitivities to politically-charged events that some facilitators might avoid. His sessions are dynamic, engaging and creative, while still being practical. Okay... they're fun! His mission is clear... to accelerate yours.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • - No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
    • - Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
    • - Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
    • - Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM Eastern.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
    • - For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 01/13/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    We’ve seen the strategic plans built painfully by a few, and ignored by all. We’ve seen plans break with unexpected events. Complex contexts require dynamic, adaptive strategy making and doing authored and owned by everyone, and fit for changing conditions. Join us to explore Knotworking, a strategy that weaves data and peoples’ stories into a coherent whole, grounded in data and relatable through stories. Explore the six compelling Knotworking questions and practice some of the processes to answer them using Liberating Structures, open source methods that spark lively engagement by minimally structuring the way we interact while liberating content and expertise.

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will:

           Explore adaptive strategy making versus fixed strategy making.

           Explore the six Knotworking questions for strategy making and doing (and other useful purposes!)

          Experience 2-3 Liberating Structures as processes useful for adaptive strategy making 

     NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST.

    Speaker:

    Nancy White helps organizations connect, learn and deliver results. Her practice includes online and offline interaction design, facilitator, and graphic facilitation. She focuses on NGOs, NPOs, government and communities. Nancy inventively weaves together process and theory to advance practices with people, putting learning at the center with achieving results. She is a passionate practitioner of Liberating Structures.

    Nancy blogs at http://www.fullcirc.com/ and is co-author with Etienne Wenger and John D. Smith of “Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities.” (http://www.technologyforcommunities.com).

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
    • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
    • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
    • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM Eastern.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 02/10/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    Who doesn’t dread those workshop and presentation mistakes? How do we overcome our fear of them? You may have heard that “Perfection is the enemy of success,” and similar sayings, but how do you get over perfectionism? 

    If you’ve ever felt paralyzed by perfectionism, or fear of making mistakes when presenting, come to this workshop with Melissa Dinwiddie! You’ll get to try out some tools that might just help you loosen up, AND you’ll learn some activities you can use in your own sessions, to help participants:

    • Deal with change
    • Deal with confusion
    • Not worry so much about mistakes
    • Work better as a team
    • Become aware of improvement
    • Practice self-compassion

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will:

    • ·        To distinguish between feelings of confusion/overwhelm and actual problems
    • ·        To think quickly and justify on the spot
    • ·       To appreciate that they will survive even if they make a mistake!

    NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT.

    Speakers:

    Melissa Dinwiddie is founder & CEO of Creative Sandbox Solutions™, a consultancy that helps innovative, people-first companies retain talent and customers, and grow sales through creative (often virtual) experiences. She designs interactive, playful programs that attendees rave about because they acquire new skills and behaviors and build connections while having a blast.

    One of her flagship offerings, Communicating for Influence, is an active-learning program she initially developed for high-performance research teams at Facebook. Author of The Creative Sandbox Way™, an acclaimed book on creativity, Melissa’s known for creating impactful, memorable experiences, planting seeds of possibility, and catalyzing individual and organizational transformation.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
    • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
    • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
    • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM Eastern.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.
    • 03/10/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    In this workshop, we will focus on helping every member of a team differentiate between healthy and unhealthy conflict; the bottom-line cost to avoiding conflict; and how each person can support a constructive conflict culture.

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will:

    • · Participants will increase their awareness of conflict and how it can be used for dynamic facilitation
    • · Participants will leave with an understanding of the different conflict management styles and how they can affect group dynamics
    • · Participants will leave with mediation-based tools and techniques to more productively resolve conflict when it arises

    NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT.

    Speaker:

    Natalie Garramone is the Owner and Principal Consultant at ONE EIGHTY.

    HERE'S WHAT YOU THINK YOU NEED TO KNOW...

    For the past decade, Natalie has worked as a consultant with executive teams—both nationally and internationally—to develop strategies aimed at fostering growth and innovation, shifting organizational culture, and engaging employees.

    She has driven large-scale change and innovation initiatives inside Fortune 500 companies alongside sales, customer service, R&D, and new product innovation teams, to name a few.

    She has certifications in mediation, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR), and yoga instruction (200RYT).

    She was promoted to CEO before the age of 30.

    HERE’S WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW:

    As a child, Natalie was the one to raise her hand with “just one more question.” Never satisfied with a standard response, she wanted to know more, learn more, do more. That innate curiosity and insatiable craving for informed action powers her today.

    She has the rare ability to toggle seamlessly between big-picture thinking and in-the-weeds execution. She listens, digests, and synthesizes information on the spot, reflecting back key points while remaining remarkably objective.

    She truly likes people. She loves figuring out what motivates them. And she believes their intellect and spirit have limitless power to drive business outcomes.

    She is often described with the same select adjectives. Unflappable, intelligent, diplomatic, and level-headed are among them.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
    • Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
    • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
    • Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM Eastern.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you pay for an individual MAFN workshop session and contact info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

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