Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network

Call for Facilitators
MAFN 2021-2022 Online Workshop 

The MAFN Professional Development Team invites you to submit one or more proposals for the 2021-2022 workshop season which runs from September 2021 through June 2022.  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 Expectations 

All MAFN workshops 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. Workshop facilitators should have topic expertise. Case studies showing how the facilitator has applied their topic to real situations is encouraged.  Our members are always looking for ways to apply models and techniques to real situations.

Facilitators may submit for one of two types of workshops: 

  • 90-minute online workshops

    • These typically offer a broad overview of methodologies, skills, tools or techniques. 

    • We also welcome proposals for facilitated networking opportunities to help our members and guests build relationships and connections.

    • Typically attract between 40-80 participants

    • Free to MAFN members

  • 180-minute online workshops

    • Typically a deeper dive into methodologies, skills, tools or techniques

    • Often provide opportunities for more discussion and more practice, which our team will gladly support. 

    • If you have more content than would fit into a 90-minute session but not enough to fill 180-minutes, we will offer open networking for participants or opportunities for additional practice.

    • Typically attract between 30-50 participants

    • Discounts to MAFN members

Note: Based on feedback from our members, we intend to offer all of our workshops online for the full 2021-2022 season. MAFN will revisit the options for in-person workshops if conditions permit in 2022.

Content Focus for 2021-2022 Series

We welcome content that covers 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 or in a hybrid environment: 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, audience engagement techniques, community-based facilitation, inclusion of participants with disabilities, 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: theory, personal exploration,  and practices on furthering our understanding and developing our skills as facilitators to create change. 

  • MAFN community-building: Finding facilitator buddies, mentoring opportunities, exploring different facilitation specialities and approaches, informal sessions exploring various networking tools.

  • Managing your facilitation business: 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.

Benefits to you as a presenter

We are incredibly grateful for those who submit proposals and as recognition for those who present, here are a few benefits for you as a presenter:

  • Opportunity to work with our Professional Development team who will help you refine your presentation and offer technical support

  • You can invite up to 3 guests per speaker to attend your virtual workshop - past presenters have used this as an opportunity to invite potential clients or to introduce colleagues to their work or to MAFN!

  • Featured on our website, social media channels, MAFN newsletter and workshop promotions to MAFN members and guests

  • Opportunity to build your network and make new connections with MAFN members

  • Need more? Let’s talk! 

Session Timeframes and Format

In your submission, please designate your preferred workshop duration: 90 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 facilitator 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 and provide tech hosting for the facilitator as well.  Our preferred video conference platform is Zoom Meetings. We are also open to exploring other tools if the facilitator has expertise in a specific tool they would like to use with our audience.

To submit a proposed workshop for consideration, please complete the Professional Development Proposal registration and submission process via Google forms here.  All submissions are welcome and will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Linda Howard at workshops@mafn.org


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