The MAFN Professional Development Team invites you to submit one or more proposals for the 2020-2021 online workshop season. Given expectations for continued physical distancing, we intend to present online workshops of 90 to 180 minutes from September 2020 through June 2021. MAFN will consider holding in-person workshops on an “a la carte” basis once conditions permit, likely in 2021.
We are excited to showcase the expertise of our members and guests and to offer opportunities to develop skills and competencies as a facilitator community.
MAFN Online Workshop Series
MAFN online workshops regularly attract between 40 and 90 participants and are aimed at facilitators and those working in related fields such as training, organizational development and consulting. Workshops should model positive facilitation behaviors and use experiential and interactive strategies to keep participants engaged. Be advised that this is not a speech or presentation; we are looking for highly engaging, interactive sessions – the kind that motivates participants to pay close attention and stay engaged.
Participants expect the content of sessions to be relevant to their work as facilitators. Many seek a key take away that they can use immediately, while others may carefully consider what you’ve presented and adapt it to their particular situation.
Content Focus for 2020-2021 Series
Content for MAFN workshops may cover a wide range of skills, techniques, and processes related to facilitation. In response to member interest and as facilitators committed to helping groups reflect, converge, and act, we encourage sessions that focus on:
- How to do things virtually: We are interested in both overview workshops on using techniques to design, develop, and deliver interactive online sessions, such as virtual graphic recording, and deep dives into specific tools to facilitate topical workshops, such as strategic planning.
- Methodologies and techniques related to: facilitation skills, conflict management, decision-making, design thinking, organizational assessments, process improvement, problem-solving, strategic planning, storytelling, and team building.
- Rethinking our roles and behaviors in furthering racial and social justice: We welcome our membership’s inspiration and recommendations on achieving this objective and developing our skills as facilitators to create change.
- Managing your facilitation business: About half of our members are external facilitators running their own facilitation practices. We are open to workshops to help these facilitators focus on important aspects of the business of facilitation, such as getting more facilitation clients, marketing their skills and services, and helping their facilitation business grow. Topics that can be applied to both internal and external facilitators would be highly desirable.
Session Timeframes and Format
In your submission, please designate your preferred time frame: 90 minute online workshop, 120 minute online workshop, or 180 minute online workshop. MAFN usually convenes online workshops on Fridays starting at 12 pm Eastern.
The MAFN Professional Development team will work with the presenter in advance of the workshop, in order to help design/ give feedback on the participatory aspects of the workshop and to provide technical support at the actual workshop. The presenter should expect to meet with the MAFN team in advance, usually twice in the month before the workshop. We will moderate for the facilitator as well. Our preferred video conference platform is Zoom Meetings.If you have a workshop that you would like to develop, or one that you have presented in other venues, please access this link to Google Forms to complete the Professional Development Proposal registration and submission process. All submissions are welcome and will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Linda Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.