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    • 01/31/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
    • 2
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    Many groups want to change, grow, and evolve – and facilitators can be crucial in helping them create a vivid picture of their desired future state. A vision of that desired future state is essential – but it isn’t enough. This session will explore the power of the Paradoxical Theory of Change, therapist Arnold Beisser’s premise that real change happens not when we strive to be different, but when we become more fully aware of who we are. For facilitators and our clients, finding new understanding of the current state opens doors we didn’t even know existed, and unleashes new energy for change.

    Participants will:

    • Reflect on the premise of the Paradoxical Theory of Change, and the importance of the “here and now”
    • Explore the implications of this theory in supporting change for groups
    • Identify methods for keeping ourselves in the “here and now”
    • Examine methods to help clients stay in the “here and now”

    About the Presenter

    Paul Cooper has devoted his 25-year consulting career to helping clients improve collaboration and internal communication. He helps clients build new awareness and mobilize energy for change through facilitated meetings, coaching, organizational development, and qualitative research. 

    Paul is a Certified™ Professional Facilitator; in 2015 he completed a rigorous international program on Gestalt methods in organization development, supporting clients in Hungary, Singapore, and South Africa. He is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and holds a certificate from the National Charrette Institute training for leading contentious public input sessions. 

    His book, Change Agent Nation: Create Change in Your Neighborhood…or Across the World was published in 2019 and is available on Amazon.

    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.


    • 02/14/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    About the session...

    Listening is a core skill of facilitation, but what have you done to truly develop your listening skills? In this webinar, NOVA Scribes, a DC-based community of visual facilitators and graphic recorders, will introduce and explore models of listening they've gathered from professions that depend on listening to be successful.

    Over the course of this 90 minute webinar, you will learn and practice using several models and frameworks for purposeful and powerful listening.

    In advance of the workshop, please consider HOW you listen, WHAT you listen for, and most importantly, what you are THINKING of as you listen to participants during your facilitated sessions.

    About the Presenters

    NOVA Scribes is a free and open forum for visual practitioners to share their knowledge.
    We are anyone who uses visuals to move others: consultants and facilitators who use visuals, graphic recorders, scribes, and sketchnoters.
    We're all volunteers: anyone who wants to can be an organizer or presenter.
    We have organized classes, graphic jams, open spaces, and webinars to share skills and learn from each other. We record our webinars and post them for anyone to watch later, whether you are a member or not. And if you're interested in presenting a topic, please let us know!
    We organize our events using the Meetup app; you can find us if you go to Meetup and search "NOVA Scribes."

    WEBINAR REMINDERS

    • No refunds or credits for webinar registration cancellations.
    • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details between 1 – 3 days in advance.
    • Webinars begin promptly at 12:00PM EDT. Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • All webinars are recorded for post-view access.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.

    • 02/28/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
    • 23
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    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, changing circumstances – we get off track, lose our cool, or get stuck. In this peer-learning event, we will explore participant’s darkest facilitation moments and brainstorm ideas and approaches that could help others navigate similar situations in the future.

    Participants will:

    • Share their most 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.
    • Get feedback from fellow facilitators about tools and techniques for how to handle these types of situations in the future.

    Based on the discussions, MAFN will produce a short toolbox documenting key challenges and describing potential tools and techniques for addressing these challenges. Participants will walk away with:

    • A better understanding of key facilitation challenges.
    • Tools and techniques to address a variety of facilitation challenges.
    • Specific advice or guidance to address challenges they may be facing.

    About the Presenters

    Laura Lazar Holbrook is a versatile facilitator who has extensive experience designing and leading engaging team building retreats for a wide variety of non-profit, association, federal, and for-profit organizations. She has worked with teams to address such issues as: making the transition to new leadership; developing an appreciation of communication styles; examining barriers to individual/team effectiveness; and identifying leadership opportunities in times of change and transition.

    In some situations, Laura steps back from her role as a facilitator to provide highly customized, interactive training sessions. (She has 25 years of training experience in the areas of leadership skills, performance management, and a variety of professional development topics.)

    Laura is an MBTI® Master Practitioner and is on the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network, where she is an active member of the Professional Development Committee.  She earned the Training Specialist Certificate from Georgetown University’s School for Professional Development and is currently enjoying exploring Liberating Structures and ToPs facilitation strategies. 

    Blll Yoder has over 30 years of experience providing high-end consulting, facilitation, and coaching services. He specializes in helping diverse groups with conflicting perspectives solve complicated problems  He has planned and facilitated hundreds of decision-making workshops, training sessions, and change management programs across many industrial sectors and for many corporations, organizations, and  government agencies. Over the past several years, Bill’s work has focused on developing and delivering strategic plans, process improvement, knowledge management, and  leadership development programs for for nonprofits, nationwide associations, emerging corporations, and educational institutions.

    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.


    • 03/13/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    About the session...

    Designed with the facilitator or trainer in mind…
    This hands-on workshop is for those leading from the front of the room.

    Facilitating conversations or training others is a process in itself. You should feel confident about your handwriting so you can focus on what’s really important: people! Oftentimes we rely on the markers and flipcharts or whiteboards provided for us. Leave this webinar knowing what to do with any marker you pick up and write using a lettering style that will make you feel smarter and will be legible for your reader.

    Objectives

    Participants will:

    • Learn a lettering style that will help improve your handwriting
    • Master the round nib marker and better understand the wedge nib marker
    • See how emphasis and hierarchy help readers synthesize information more efficiently
    • Gain free access to additional lettering resources to improve your legibility, creativity and speed

    About the Presenter

    Heather Leavitt Martinez is a visual practitioner, art coach and lettering artist living in Southwest Colorado. After studying with master sign painters, graffiti artists, and calligraphers—which she continues to do today—she decided to translate what she learned to teach other visual practitioners the tradecraft of breaking down any lettering styles into the tools we use. Heather believes that what we write on the wall is more than mere handwriting—letters are the building blocks of communication. Get that right while executing with confidence, and visual practitioners can then focus on other aspects of the work.

    As a co-founder of the Visioneering team near Washington, DC, Heather helped develop and maintain a 6-person team of visual practitioners in 2014. Heather has presented hands-on lettering breakout sessions at two IFVP (International Forum of Visual Practitioners) conferences and at EuViz Denmark. Heather was one of the Keynote speakers at VizConf 2019 in Melbourne, Australia and is a Neuland Ambassador.

    Heather’s recent book, “Lettering Journey” was inspired by the North American cross-country trip she and her husband Ray took after leaving DC. She finds letters and teaches others how to make them everywhere she goes.

    You can learn more about lettering at www.LetsLetterTogether.com and connect with Heather online:
    * Instagram https://www.instagram.com/corpgraffitiart
    * Twitter https://www.twitter.com/corpgraffitiart
    * Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CorporateGraffitiArtist

    WEBINAR REMINDERS

    • No refunds or credits for webinar registration cancellations.
    • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details between 1 – 3 days in advance.
    • Webinars begin promptly at 12:00PM EDT. Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • All webinars are recorded for post-view access.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.

    • 03/27/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
    • 23
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    The Lightning Design Jam is an incredibly flexible combination of activities, taking the best of the world’s problem-solving processes (Design Thinking, Gamestorming, Design Sprints, and Agile) and crushing them down to their absolute essence.  The problem with anything that requires creative and critical thinking is that it’s easy to get lost, lose focus, and fall into the trap of having useless, open-ended, unstructured discussions. The solution: replace all open, unstructured discussion with clear process using the Lightning Decision Jam methodology.

    During this workshop, we will work in groups and use a Lightning Decision Jam format,  https://www.invisionapp.com/inside-design/lightning-design-jams/ to solve a real problem relevant to MAFN and MAFN members, so you will get to learn a new skill, help the organization and help others at the table.

    About the Presenter

    Steve Morris runs Catylator (www.catylator.com) a consultancy dedicated to helping organizations solve problems creatively. Originally from New Zealand, Steve's background as an engineer includes designing racing yachts and program management for the US Navy.  He brings the vital gift of creativity in his toolbox through facilitation of the LEGO Serious Play method and Design Sprints. With these powerful advances in team development, problem solving and strategy, Steve's bespoke workshops can get your team going deeper, enhancing engagement and realizing tangible results for your big organizational puzzles, all while having fun.

    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.


    • 04/10/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
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    About the session...

    The ToP (Technology of Participation) Focused Conversation creates a setting for meaningful communication. It is used
    to facilitate group discussions that allows participants to share diverse perspectives in a non-confrontational manner.
    Using this method helps people share insights and creative ideas on a common topic, issue, or experience. It has multiple
    applications for helping groups to have deeper and more productive discussions and can reveal the existing level of
    consensus within a group.
    Objectives
    Participants will:

    • Understand a process to lead meaningful conversations and engage all participants
    • Learn a structure for asking questions that probes beneath the surface and encourages a diversity of perspectives
    • Gain insights on a conversation methodology that aligns with our subconscious reasoning process

    About the Presenter:
    Lewis Flax (Flax Associates) specializes in assisting nonprofit organizations generate corporate support through developing sponsorship/partnership programs, board development initiatives, and business development guidance.

    Lewis has extensive experience in training and facilitation as he has led numerous board retreats and customized workshops for nonprofits. He regularly co-leads the ToP (Technology of Participation) introductory facilitation program, is a certified Dale Carnegie trainer (Skills for Success, Winning with Relationship Selling), an AFP Master Trainer, and a member of NSA (National Speakers Association).

    Prior to establishing his own firm in 2008, he served as a Vice President for IEG (a consulting firm) responsible for the nonprofit/association sector in Washington, DC, and served on the leadership team at Financial Executives International
    (FEI).

    WEBINAR REMINDERS

    • No refunds or credits for webinar registration cancellations.
    • Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details between 1 – 3 days in advance.
    • Webinars begin promptly at 12:00PM EDT. Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • All webinars are recorded for post-view access.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.

    • 04/24/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
    • 25
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    The Consensus Workshop is a specific method used to gain knowledge and insights from all group members. The process enhances creativity and cooperation and productively channels diverse ideas into decisions that everyone can own and support. This process is high energy, fun, and delivers concrete results that groups can take to advance their plans and projects. For many groups it becomes a core tool for planning, community engagement, and learning.  (Be sure to participate in the companion webinar, The Focused Conversation, on April 10th!)

    Participants will:

    • Learn a method to engage all group members and gain consensus on key action steps.
    •  Understand how to organize a group’s ideas and thoughts to build effective partnerships in a short time frame.
    • Explore how to gain buy-in and ownership on sensitive or difficult topics from all members of a group.

    About the Presenters

    Lewis Flax (Flax Associates)specializes in assisting nonprofit organizations generate corporate support through developing sponsorship/partnership programs, board development initiatives, and business development guidance. 

    Lewis has extensive experience in training and facilitation as he has led numerous board retreats and customized workshops for nonprofits.  He regularly co-leads the ToP (Technology of Participation) introductory facilitation program, is a certified Dale Carnegie trainer (Skills for Success, Winning with Relationship Selling), an AFP Master Trainer, and a member of NSA (National Speakers Association). 

    Prior to establishing his own firm in 2008, he served as a Vice President for IEG (a consulting firm) responsible for the nonprofit/association sector in Washington, DC, and served on the leadership team at Financial Executives International (FEI). 

    Derry Deringer (Deringer Consulting) is certified as a fundraising executive (CFRE), culture facilitator (PCF) and professional coach (CPCC). Derry draws from over 25 years of experience with nonprofit, business and international organizations. 

    Derry delivers expertise, tools and strategies to help nonprofits, international NGO’s and associations accelerate their growth through better fundraising and better strategic planning. 

    Previously, Derry served as director of corporate and foundation relations and director of major gifts for World Food Program USA (WFP USA), a Washington DC based nonprofit that supports the UN World Food Program (WFP).

    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.


    • 05/22/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
    • 28
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    As all good facilitators know, meetings don’t have to suck! Liberating Structures are a collection of processes designed to create connection between participants, enhance innovation, and unleash the power of a group. After exploring the concepts and theory that groups the 33 Liberating Structures, this session will explore 5-6 structures that you can immediately use with groups of all backgrounds, sizes, and topics. The structures are designed to be user friendly and content neutral, so you’ll leave ready to adapt then to any setting. Grounding our session in experiential learning, you’ll participate in the structures before reflecting and discussing with others how you could use and adapt each technique. The session will be active, fast-paced, and fully participatory, so come prepared ready to engage, share, and learn from others. We’ll also share some expert facilitator tips for using Liberating Structures even in spaces where you expect resistance to trying something new!

    Participants will:

    • Learn the principles of Liberating Structures
    • Experience and learn 5-6 new techniques to apply to their facilitation work
    • Connect with other participants and learn from their experience
    • Explore possibilities to adapt processes and practices to your specific needs

    About the Presenter

    Mae Cooper is a facilitator with expertise in collaborative, experiential, and interactive approaches to training, learning, and meeting design. Currently, she works as a Talent Development Consultant at Capital One supporting the development and growth of associates through learning and talent management. Previously, she served as a Learning and Development Manager at the George Washington University. For over 15 years, she has volunteered with CISV International and has trained educators and trainers in Japan, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, and across the United States. Ms. Cooper holds a Master of Education in community development from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts in political communication from George Washington University. She is also certified in Clifton Strengths and MBTI and leads the DC user group for Liberating Structures.

    Lee Gimpel is the founder of Better Meetings, which helps organizations with meeting design, training and facilitation. He was previously Director of Development for LifeWise Strategies, where he oversaw training and education for the company’s products that focused on helping professionals develop better programs, more authentic client connection, and more dynamic classes. There, he worked with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and University of Kentucky, as well as numerous banks, community nonprofits, and coaches. His work blends training related to engagement, human-centered design, facilitation and presentation skills, including Liberating Structures, Technology of Participation, stand-up and improv comedy.

    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.


    • 06/19/2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
    • 28
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    Engaging participants in creative ways can be fun, yet challenging. Improv is a great tool to help enhance interpersonal, public speaking, leadership, and team skills – just to name a few.  But what does that mean? How do you know what “games” are best to use? How do you effectively facilitate activities and discussion? This interactive workshop answers these questions; gives you new ideas for experiential activities; boosts your own ability to think quickly on your feet; and provides some fun in the process. You’ll come away with a new perspective and some great strategies for your own training programs.

    Participants will:

    • Know the basic principles of improv as an experiential learning tool.
    • Apply and adapt activities to appropriately support learning programs.
    • Identify the situations where improv can be applied.
    • Build confidence in facilitating improvisational activities.

    This class is mostly practice and activity will be broken down based on focused skills such as listening, collaboration, “yes and…”, resiliency, and other communication skills.

    About the Presenter

    Lori Muhlstein is an accomplished facilitator, trainer, and improviser, and works with clients and training consultants across industries in several ways:

    • Deliver, create, and customize fun and engaging workshops focused on great communication to achieve success - within teams, with clients, and other key stakeholders.
    • Facilitate imaginative team building activities.
    • Coach individuals to prepare for delivering critical presentations.
    • Supplement existing communication training using client-developed content.

    Throughout her career in corporate learning, sales, and marketing communications, she has worked with clients across industries including healthcare, telecommunications, local and state government, finance, and real estate/property management among others.

    In her "other life", Lori acts and directs and have been fortunate to be involved with many local award-winning productions. When she is not leading workshops and helping professionals improve their communications skills, Lori can be seen helping audiences solve crimes in interactive murder mysteries and performing improv with StageCoach Theatre's improv troupe The StageCoach Bandits in Ashburn, VA.

    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.


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