Meetings matter. They are the lifeblood of your organisation, where directions are set and bonds are formed that help people work well together.
Do your meetings encourage collaboration and engagement?
Great meetings don’t just happen. They are carefully planned, skillfully executed and thoughtfully reviewed. Well before it starts, you need sound structures and processes to help guide everyone through the business of the meeting.
The meeting facilitator also needs good self-awareness and a firm grasp of the skills involved in group work. Your task is to have a clear purpose, and then to pool everyone’s experience and ideas to synthesise the best outcomes to achieve that purpose. Well-run meetings are productive – and best of all, they are enjoyable, fostering a collaborative approach where people support the decisions they helped to create. Read more: What do facilitators do?
Why our training for your staff?
We are internationally recognised as leaders in the field of facilitation education and training, having established this work in 1984. This two-day specialist course, derived from our Advanced Diploma of Group Facilitation, is being offered in response to the growing demand for training to achieve better meetings.
We give you a practical, well-framed approach to build skills, self-awareness and confidence, with orientatation towards your learning needs. We welcome your workplace challenges and aspirations into the training.
What will participants learn?
This course will help make your meetings efficient, on topic and a bit of fun. A work experience where everyone feels heard and valued, and decisions are made in collaboration, ensuring staff are engaged and their contributions are welcomed.
Here your staff will have opportunities to practise new skills in situations most meaningful to them. During our two days together, they can develop:
- Agenda setting skills, using well-tested structures and processes
- Practical facilitation: group processes and the skills required to apply them
- Confidence and compassion to work well with groups
- Ability to harness the wisdom of the group, maximising participation
- Collaborative decision-making techniques
- Skills to make meetings work well
- Creating the physical space, acknowledging the need for natural light and fresh air.
- Self awareness
- Emotional resilience
- Capacity to manage hotspots and tricky bits
This training can be applied to all types of meetings – from executive and project management to community engagement.
Duration: Two days 9.30am – 5.00pm
Provided: Delightful lunch, morning and afternoon tea, workshop materials and comprehensive resource: Meeting Skills Training booklet
Venue: Groupwork Institute Training Rooms in Thornbury (Melbourne inner north) or other suitable workshop space of your choice
Parking: Ample street parking available
Facilitation services: Engage our staff for a complex situation or meeting that you’d like to address collaboratively. Learn more
Our approach to training
We create an environment where you can look at your work practices with safety and lightness. Our work is lively, experiential and practical – and fosters emotional resilience throughout. And we have a bit of fun along the way!
A large part of the program is devoted to practising skills using situations your staff members want to work on. We encourage them to bring real-life examples, and we allow time for them to address individual needs and issues faced in the workplace.