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    • 12/08/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Online using Adobe
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    "You're your own toughest competition!" We've heard this cliche' many times, from many people. And while it may have been true at one point in time, it's true no longer. In 2017, we have a far greater competitor - the smartphone. Whether we're engaging somebody one on one, leading a sales training or hosting a board meeting, we're competing against that little gadget for our audience's attention. Every. Single. Second.


    We think we win this battle by asking them to turn off their phones, but we haven't. Because the phone and all it entails...the notifications, the entertainment options, the social interaction, are still on the minds of everyone. They may be looking at us, but they're not actually listening to us. So what do we do? Become better than the phone.


    In this webinar, award-winning comedian and longtime training professional Geoff Woliner will discuss how we can mentally transform into entertainers, and the tips and tricks we can use to capture and keep our audience's attention. After this webinar, you'll have turn-key solutions you can apply immediately, and ensure you never lose the attention span battle to smartphones ever again.



    Presenter:


    As a longtime stand-up comedian and expert in presentation skills, facilitation, sales, recruiting and association development, Geoff used this experience to create the framework of his company, Winning Wit, whose mission is "Bringing Humor to Life". Unlike many other communications consultants who try to turn you into them, Geoff uses his experience on stage to help you become a more dynamic you.


    Recognized by Kentucky Bride Magazine, WTOP Radio, Brides and Weddings of Northern Virginia and several other outlets as a leader in comedic speechwriting and coaching, Geoff has worked with CEO's, law firms, entrepreneurs, private groups and individuals across every industry to help them successfully tell their stories to the world.


    As the author of "The Wedding Speech Bible" series, Geoff shares best practices from the stage to help wedding parties write and deliver speeches that mesmerize audiences full of family and friends.Having worked as the National Chapter Manager for ATD, he has a deep understanding of the learning and development landscape and a passion for helping professionals in this industry thrive. Most of all, Geoff operates on one core principle: Your success is his success.


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    • 12/15/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
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    This workshop will discuss how current breakthroughs in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, newly emergent insights from quantum field theory and the hard sciences, and the application of a western scientific lens on practices from traditional wisdom sources can change can change the way we design, engage and facilitate workshops, trainings and interventions.  More specifically, this goals of this workshop include:

    • Reviewing five current breakthroughs in applied neuroscience and their implications for our facilitation;
    • Exploring the “Physics of Facilitation”©  as applied to the movement of group and team energy;
    • Analyzing a U.S. government client case study focusing on the application of neuroscience design constructs, quantum physics metaphors, and somatic training activities to long term enterprise wide leadership development; and
    • Engaging in an experiential activity built upon principles of attachment theory, emotional contagion, and the creation of “group mind”.

    About the Presenter:

    Jim White’s experience over the past 35 years includes work as an OD consultant, leadership trainer, facilitator and/or program manager in 17 countries and with 10 US Government organizations, 7 academic institutions, 3 non-profits and 2 trade associations. He has a Master of Arts degree in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

    Jim is currently facilitating leadership development workshops for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, designing and facilitating leadership courses for John’s Hopkins School of Education and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, training law enforcement officials for the Department of State at the West African Regional Training Center in Ghana, and co-facilitating workshops in “Designing and Facilitating Transformational Workshops” at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  In addition, he is currently collaborating on a book on “Why Mind-Body Experience Matters” with Dr. Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang of Kripalu and drafting a book on the “Physics of Facilitation” which focuses on harnessing and focusing group and team energy in service of transformational contributions to organizations.

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts 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.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 01/26/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
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    Whether you work as an internal facilitator or have your own consulting firm, developing your personal brand is critical to your success. You are your own Chief Marketing Officer and your #1 client is YOU.

    This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the background, skills, and talents that make you uniquely qualified in your organization and industry.  You will explore actionable tools and strategies to effectively package your talents, leverage your capabilities, differentiate yourself from your colleagues, and heighten your visibility.  After all, it doesn’t matter how great you are, if nobody knows who you are.  You won’t get that call and will subsequently miss out on opportunities. You will also examine how to position yourself as a Thought Leader, sought after by others for your unique expertise and perspective. 

    Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and learn how you can craft a personal brand which enables you to memorably emerge in your organization or industry.

    About the Presenter

    Jennifer Ransaw Smith is a nationally sought-after Personal Elevation strategist, leadership development mentor and Personal branding consultant. As the founding CEO of Brand id|Strategic Partners, the nation’s only full-service personal elevation agency, she works with entrepreneurs and executives from coast-to-coast to help them leverage their expertise to become game changers within their organization and industry. People call her when they want to "make a name for themselves." 

    Called a True Visionary by her clients, Jennifer is on a mission to empower her clients and audiences by providing them with effective strategies that can be implemented immediately to make significant changes in how they are currently being perceived. Her goal is to teach people to become the Chief Marketing Officer of the Brand Called You, Inc. She divides her time between speaking, training, and coaching clients on how to become the person to know in their industry.  Her tips, tools and strategies have appeared in a myriad of places including ABCThe Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun and been taught at leading organizations like Microsoft, Duke Energy and Deloitte.

     

     

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts 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.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 02/23/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
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    When might conflict inhibit creativity, and when might conflict enhance creativity? How can we be maximizing creative tension while at the same time, minimizing interpersonal anxiety?

     

    Dynamic Facilitation is a particularly useful way for working across silos and with multi-stakeholder groups – wherever we want to tap the creative potential of differences. This highly relational and multi-partial approach to facilitation creates effective conditions for collaborative decision-making in complex situations. It is currently being used in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, in both business applications as well as in participatory public policy contexts.  This workshop offers an experiential taste of how groups can explore highly-charged issues in an emotionally safe and creative manner. Participants will:

    • Gain an experiential understanding of how a relational and multi-partial approach to facilitation allows us to maximize the creative tension of divergent perspectives while minimizing interpersonal anxiety.
    • Learn how to create emotional safety for both creative and critical thinking, by offering relational listening space to each participant.
    • Practice techniques in fostering psychological safety, emergent process, and flow states in groups.
    • Develop more comfort in relating to conflicting perspectives, as a potential source of creative energy.

     

    About the Presenter

     

    Rosa Zubizarreta is the Principal of Diapraxis and works with leaders and groups to catalyze creativity and collaboration. She specializes in developing organizational capacity for strategic conversations to facilitate group learning, shared systemic perspectives, and effective action. Rosa presented a MAFN 2015 Webinar on “From Conflict to Collaboration: An Overview of Dynamic Facilitation.”

     

    Rosa brings deep content expertise in working with engaged empathy to evoke collaborative sense-making, group flow, and energetic alignment within highly diverse groups. Author of From Conflict to Creative Collaboration: A User's Guide to Dynamic Facilitation, she teaches this work internationally. Trained in organization development and action research, Rosa works with variety of dialogic practices to co-create customized participatory processes with clients. In addition to her experience with a broad portfolio of dialogic processes, including Future Search, Open Space Technology, World Café, and Appreciative Inquiry, her listening work is grounded in decades of personal practice with Focusing, Internal Family Systems, and Inner Empathy.           

     

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts 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.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 03/23/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
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    Participants will be immersed in learning Liberating Structures, a set of facilitation techniques that quickly fosters lively, meaningful participation to mobilize groups of any size. Liberating Structures create a safe space to amplify all voices and unleash innovation. These tested techniques are being used all over the world, in hospitals, universities, nonprofits, and corporate settings, for better outcomes. In a quick-paced and energetic session, participants will engage in Liberating Structures practices to reflect on their own work while learning more about what these techniques are and how they engage and energize participants.  Through this workshop, participants will:

    • Learn to integrate Liberating Structures into their practice;
    • Gain the ability to explain the philosophy behind liberating structures and where to find more information;
    • Share challenges around energizing and engaging groups; and
    • Identify techniques to engage a group of any size based on the goal of their discussion

     

    About the presenters:

     

    Erin Stock is a D.C.-based nonprofit communications professional with a passion for helping groups perform better. As a facilitator, she uses techniques that include and unleash everyone, and designs purpose-driven meetings that enable teams to achieve more together. A Liberating Structures (LS) practitioner, Erin has been using the methodology in her work since 2012, when she studied at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. She has designed and facilitated meetings for various groups, including teams at The World Bank, USAID, and YNPNDC. In addition to her Master of Public Service degree, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University.

     

    Mae Cooper is a trainer and facilitator with a focus in collaborative and interactive approaches to learning and meeting design. Using experiential learning practices, Ms. Cooper harnesses the experience, diversity, and knowledge of a group to address strategic challenges. Currently, she manages training, professional development, and team retreats for the George Washington University Division of Development and Alumni Relations. Ms. Cooper holds a Master of Education in Community Development from Vanderbilt University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication from George Washington University, and is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Strengths Finder.     

         

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts 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.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 04/27/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
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    Many facilitators have some tools for dealing with disruptors and are always on the lookout for more, to maintain professional competence and reputation. But many lack a framework for identifying gaps in their ability to respond ahead of time and for picking the right tool in the heat of the moment.  This workshop will help the participant to:

    • Learn and understand the Respect participants/Protect the process/Sustain long term engagement (RPS) framework for dealing with disruptors.
    • Apply the RPS framework in the moment during a meeting or process to take in the situation, understand it, and respond appropriately.
    • Learn ways to give yourself more “room to work” in the moment when it becomes necessary to deal with disruptors in your facilitation work.
    • Use the RPS framework to assess the facilitation tools and skills already in your toolkit, especially those you use to deal with disruptions, and identify any significant gaps where additional tools or approaches would be useful.
    • Learn additional disruption handling techniques, drawing on three provided by the workshop leader, and others provided by fellow participants.
    • Identify lower risk opportunities to practice the application of the RPS framework and new skills for dealing with disruptors in upcoming work.

     

    About the Presenter:

     

     

    Christoph Berendes is a senior consultant with Public Engagement Associates. His expertise covers online and social media engagement, IT project management, and communications, based on more than twenty years of work with government agencies and non-profits. He is the publisher and editor of the Facilitation Analytics series, concise e-books providing simple analytical tools for mapping, planning, and facilitating conversations on complex issues. The second book in the series, Dealing with Disruptors, shows readers how to channel the messiness of democracy to energize participation. Dealing with Disruptors is the primary source for the material in this workshop. 

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts 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.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 05/18/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

     

    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.

    The hands-on, interactive workshop will walk the talk: begin with a series of openers and ice breakers, follow with techniques for reaching different facilitation goals, and conclude with debriefing activities. You will participate in each activity, deconstruct its template, and discover how to use it for reaching your group’s goals in your own context.

    As a result of this workshop, the participants will recall and implement appropriate principles to achieve these facilitation goals:

     

    • Conduct openers, icebreakers, and jolts to kick-off the facilitation session with appropriate focus and format.        
    • Select and conduct facilitated activities for strategic planning, data collection, decision-making, goal setting, generating ideas, evaluation, and sharing best practices.
    • Conclude the facilitated session with suitable debriefing and after-action activities to generate lessons learned and action plans.

    About the Presenter

    Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan has worked as an independent facilitator and trainer for the past 40 years. He has facilitated groups from corporations and non-profit organizations in 25 countries around the world. He has also taught core skills to facilitators. As an author of 30 books on different aspects of facilitation and training, Thiagi is currently the Resident Mad Scientist at the Thiagi Group. He has served as the President of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA) on five different occasions. He was also elected as the President of the International Society for Improving Performance (ISPI) on different occasions, 25 years apart (in 1979 and 2006).

     

     

     

     

    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts 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.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     
    • 06/22/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
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    Back by popular demand!  As facilitators, we enter every meeting with a certain level of uncertainty. We can do our research, create an agenda, and equip our toolbox, but we never quite know what is going to happen. Most of the time, we can work our magic and help our participants reach their goals without many problems. Sometimes though, we hit a wall. For whatever reason – participant behaviors, unclear direction, changed circumstances – we get off track, loose our cool, or get stuck. In this peer-learning event, we will explore participant’s darkest facilitation moments, assess lessons learned, brainstorm ideas and approaches that could help others navigate similar situations in the future, and figure out how to take care of ourselves in these difficult moments.  Specifically, participants will:
    • Share a challenging or distressing facilitation moment, or share a dilemma they are confronting in a planned meeting.
    • Explore how they handled or are handling the situation – what worked, what you would do differently, what cues you may have missed, etc.
    • Get feedback from fellow facilitators about tools and techniques for how to handle these types of situations in the future.
    • Discuss how you coped with the situation and how, as facilitators, we might deal with stress in the moment.

    Based on the discussions, MAFN will produce a short toolbox documenting key challenges and describing potential tools and techniques for addressing these challenges that emerge from the discussions.

    More experienced facilitators will have the opportunity to share their experiences and gather insights and input from colleagues. Less experienced facilitators have an unprecedented opportunity to learn and grow from other’s challenges.

    Workshop Leads

     

    Although this session will be participant driven, Patrick Tallarico, Bill Yoder, and Laura Holbrook will provide context and move the group through the workshop exercises.

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    If registrant pays for an individual MAFN workshop session and contacts 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.

     

    If registrant pays for a MAFN workshop series and contacts info@mafn.org to cancel before the date of the September workshop, MAFN will process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds on or after the date of the September workshop.



     

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