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    • 12/03/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    We are living in a world where attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. In addition, people are developing "Zoom Fatigue" as a result of the rise of video conferencing during the COVID-19 global pandemic. As a facilitator, it may seem like the odds are stacked up against you. However, all is not lost. Believe it or not, it is still possible to deliver a meaningful experience in a virtual environment. One that keeps your attendees engaged, sitting on the edge of their seat, and hanging on your every word. Want to know how? Then you need to sign up now!

    In the Steal the Show workshop you will get the training and practice needed to become a highly polished virtual presenter. This 90 minute, highly interactive workshop is based on the science of improv thinking and purposeful play. You will participate in experiential activities designed to help you be more dynamic in front of the camera, communicate more clearly, and think on your feet. In addition, you will participate in playful games that you can implement right away to enhance any training. 

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • Learn activities designed to keep your audience engaged

    • Practice techniques to enhance your ability to facilitate  in a virtual environment

      Understand how to create an environment that accelerates connection and intimacy for your attendees

    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.

    Speakers: 

    Gary Ware, the Founder of Breakthrough Play is a corporate facilitator, keynote speaker, certified coach, and self-proclaimed Creative Catalyst. Gary has over 14 years of experience in the corporate world holding various leadership positions. Being a multifaceted individual, Gary also comes with nearly a decade of experience as a performer in improv theatre. After experiencing burnout in his pursuit for success and happiness, he realized that what was missing was play. Committing to a life of play is what led Gary to discover his passion for facilitating. Gary uses the power of applied improvisation and other playful methods to assist people in unlocking creativity, confidence, and better communication. Gary was recently featured as one of the Top 100 HR influencers of 2021 by the Engagedly HR software platform. When Gary isn't leading workshops or speaking, you can find him learning magic or off on an adventure with his wife Courtney and son Garrett.

    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 EST.  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.
    • 12/17/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 3-hour workshop (includes a little networking time)

    NOTE:  This session will NOT be recorded.  If you register, please plan to attend as we will not be sending a recording after this session.

    About the workshop

    How can facilitators be sure that their meetings allow for the full and equitable participation of everyone in a diverse group?

    Facilitators have a key role to play in ensuring that meetings of diverse groups of people are also inclusive. Understanding what full inclusion looks and feels like, and being able to identify the obstacles to full inclusion are the first steps toward facilitating inclusive meetings. This workshop will help you move beyond the “keep us on time and on track” approach to help clients ensure that everyone who is invited is at the table (literally and figuratively) and is able to fully contribute to the work of the group.

    ​​This online workshop looks at how social power, implicit norms, and unspoken agreements get in the way of inclusion, and what facilitators can do to open meetings up to full and inclusive participation.

    PRE-WORK:
    To make this session directly relevant to you,
    workshop leader Sherry Marts is looking for examples of incidents or situations in which you wished you’d known or understood more about how acts of exclusion (particularly harder-to-identify subtle behaviors) can inhibit full participation in meetings.

    Some examples:

    • Participants were silenced by repeated interruptions
    • Misplaced credit for ideas
    • Comments were made that were based on gender, racial, cultural, or other stereotypes
    • Attempts to improve inclusion were dismissed as “political correctness”

    Responses will be kept confidential. Please use the survey form provided at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/facilitationscenarios

    This survey will be open until 5pm EST on Friday, December 10.
    Scenarios may be combined or edited for clarity and to assure anonymity.
     
    (NOTE: You will NOT receive any marketing emails from S*Marts Consulting as a result. If you want to hear more from Sherry you’ll have to sign up for her newsletter at www.smartsconsulting.com )
    Registration for the workshop will close at midnight EST on Thursday, December 16.

    NOTE:  This session will NOT be recorded.  If you register, please plan to attend as we will not be distributing a recording of the workshop.

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • Explore the different kinds of power dynamics in groups

      Learn how to move from facilitation as gatekeeping to facilitation as “groundskeeping” - taking into account both individual behaviors and organizational norms, mores, and expectations

      Explore the importance of making implicit behavioral norms explicit and open to change

      Learn how to make meetings collaborative and inclusive, even in the context of hierarchical organizational cultures

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

    Speaker: 

    Sherry A. Marts, Ph.D., CEO of S*Marts Consulting LLC, is a skilled workshop leader, writer, and speaker with a lively personality and an excellent sense of humor. She provides training and consulting services for creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive conferences, meetings, and events. Her work lies at the intersection of her professional life as an association executive, and her training and experience as a women’s self-defense instructor. Sherry received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Biology from the University of Hertfordshire, and her Ph.D. in Physiology from Duke University. Sherry received the 2018 MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award.

    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 EST.  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.
    • 01/14/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    Games are an excellent way for people to learn and practice new skills individually, but they can be even more powerful as a vehicle for people to learn and grow together. Great collective play experiences result in a team that holds even more value than just the sum of its parts.

    In this webinar, we are going to explore how not only playing games, but also creating games with others is such a valuable experience for building stronger team culture and cohesion. Alex Suchman and Peter Williamson, two co-founders of Barometer XP, will talk about how to create a game that facilitates collective growth. The webinar includes playing a few of Barometer’s games, a breakdown of the game-creation process, and a behind-the-scenes case study of how Barometer applied the process to build their signature game, Balloon.

    Learning Objectives 

    The learning objectives for this webinar include:

    • Encouraging self-awareness and reflection at both the individual and group level through game play.

      Identifying different game mechanics and how (and when) to use them to achieve social and emotional learning outcomes.

      Establishing a framework for successful game development.


    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.

    Speakers:

    Alexandra Suchman is passionate about creating the human-centered workplaces that make a difference in the world. Her consulting, coaching, and training helps businesses and nonprofits foster the strong teams and operational infrastructures needed to advance their mission and goals. Alex holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colby College and a Master in Public Policy from The George Washington University. She’s also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and DISC Coach.

    Peter Williamson is a professional golfer turned entrepreneur who uses his love of knowledge of games, design, and philanthropy to catalyze change in communities. In addition to co-founding Barometer Interactive, he also leads a DC-based creative agency called Game Genius, co-chairs a local giving circle, sits on two nonprofit boards, and is an active Global Shapers member. Peter has a B.A. in Studio Art and Geography from Dartmouth College.


    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 EST.  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.
    • 01/28/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 3-hour workshop (includes a little networking time)

    As facilitators, our job is to help diverse groups come together, negotiate differences, and craft solutions that stick. Too often, however, group members nod their heads, but don’t really agree. Their concerns go under the surface. Occasionally, these concerns become conflicts so large that they threaten to divide a team or undermine a project. In order to achieve real commitment—and to create spaces in which people can disagree and share divergent perspectives safely—we need new methods and tools. 

    In this session, participants learn about the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy, which was developed in South Africa after the fall of apartheid to help organizations recover from the legacy of racism. We will share three Deep Democracy tools: a facilitator-friendly method for surfacing differences in a group, a tool for diagnosing resistance, and a method for working with conflict.

    Afterwards, if time permits, we may have time for open discussion and networking.

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

      • Learn how a Conversation in Motion can surface perspectives and uncover hidden issues
      • Use the Resistance Line to identify and diagnose hidden resistance


        Practice the Debate tool for leading a group safely through a conflict

    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 EDT.

    Speaker: 

    Maya Townsend brings diverse groups together to tackle complex, systemic challenges. She works with corporations, community groups, and nonprofits to help identify strategy, mobilize networks, lead change, and resolve conflict. Co-editor of Handbook for Strategic HR (AMACOM), her writing on networks, change leadership, and business ecosystems has appeared in strategy+business, People & Strategy, Nonprofit Quarterly, and other publications. Past clients include the Austin Healthy Adolescent Initiative, Bayer, Biogen, Cambridge Community Development, Fidelity, Hanover Insurance, Headspace, Open Sky Community Services, and ZUMIX. She holds an MSOD from American University and is pursuing a PhD in Leadership & Change through Antioch University.


    Ipek Utun’s passion is to contribute to a world where people dare and commit to live and lead with their full potential, with love and strength. Ipek is an ICF certified PCC level Coach, ORSCC Certified Relationship and Systems Coach, Certified Shadow Work Group Facilitator and Personal Coach and Certified Deep Democracy Facilitator, Trainer and Elder. She has extensive experience in coaching and training C-level executives, senior leadership teams, women leadership groups as well as facilitating small to big group processes which hold emotional charge, polarization, and divisiveness. Ipek’s differentiating edge is her capacity to work with the deeper patterns driving complex situations and enabling personal or systemic 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 EST.  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.
    • 03/11/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    • 60
    Register
    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    The interactive session will introduce MAFN participants to an innovative and constantly evolving spatial audio site: Spatial.Chat. Participants will learn how to create a customized online experience and bring Spatial.Chat to their teams and clients. Spatial.Chat is a virtual space and venue that mimics the physical experience where online guests can meet and talk. It recreates in-person networking and social events, and real-life social interactions. Tanja Sarett has been tapping into spatial audio sites since they launched. She has led train-the-trainer sessions on spatial audio sites and published about these latest online platforms.

    NOTE: This session is limited to the first 50 people who register. All additional registrants will be placed on a Wait List.  If there is sufficient interest, we may run this session again at a later date.

    We will NOT be recording this session because Spatial.Chat does not offer recording. Please register ONLY if you will attend in person. If your plans change, please let us know so we can offer your spot to someone else on the wait list.

    Learning Objectives 

    • Introduction to Spatial.Chat

      Learn how to create interactive experiences


      Gain confidence when working on alternative platforms

    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:


    Tanja Sarett, M.A., CFRE, CVF, is an onsite and virtual facilitator, trainer, and executive/leadership coach and increases the capacity of nonprofits to generate revenue through major gifts and donor engagement. Tanja brings to her work a wide range of collaborative and creative techniques and tools from IDEO Design Thinking, Liberating Structures, the Technology of Participation, and the Agile community. Tanja’s passion is tapping into innovative online tools and interactive platforms and teaching other facilitators and trainers how to use them effectively. Train the trainer sessions have included Zoom, Mural, Butter, and various spatial audio sites like Kumospace, Wonder, and Spatial.Chat.

    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 EST.  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.
    • 06/10/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    As facilitators and consultants it’s essential for us to hear and understand what truly lies beneath our clients’ behavior, concerns and decisions. What really motivates them? What are their triggers and hot buttons? What sends them into conflict and what opens them up? In this informative, interactive workshop participants will learn the coaching method for listening and exploring others’ values, motivations and drivers (using the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) assessment model), which will help them to better assess client needs, circumvent possible resistance and to build stronger relationships.

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • Develop keener awareness and appreciation of their own and others’ motivational styles, related strengths and corresponding blind spots

      Explore, observe and practice coaching listening skills

      Increase ability to recognize, communicate with and facilitate individuals and groups including different motivation styles

    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:

    Margarita Rozenfeld has over 20 years of experience as a facilitator, trainer and executive coach, serving non-profit, corporate and public sector clients. Clients have included Pew Charitable Trusts, Melwood, World Bank, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Margarita’s expertise has been featured in The Atlantic, Washington Business Journal, Washington Post and several books on organizational effectiveness. She holds honors degrees from James Madison University in International Affairs and Spanish and an executive certificate in Organization Development and Change Leadership from Georgetown University. Margarita is a member of Leadership Greater Washington and serves on the board of Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

    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 EST.  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.

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