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2019 Skills Symposium: The Nimble Facilitator: Off the Rails but Still On Track

  • 20 Mar 2019
  • 35 Laurier St, Gatineau, QC J8X 4E9, Canada
  • 7

Facilitation skills are essential for public engagement professionals. Masterful facilitation involves more than group process techniques and strong meeting design – it also requires anticipation skills and adaptability. This highly interactive, fun-filled session strengthens participants' ability to trust their intuition, think on their feet and deal with unpredictable situations. When a facilitated session goes off the rails (and it will), you need to tap a different skillset to bring things back on track quickly. Neurological evidence, real-life experience and useful improv tools will equip you to become more nimble and confident from the front of the room. No comedy skills required!

PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2.org to obtain it.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Sharper skills in anticipating and adjusting to the unexpected;
  • More than a dozen practical strategies, drawn from and applicable to a range of disciplines, to strengthen their agility as facilitators;
  • Increased confidence in their ability to adapt to changing circumstances, even from the front of the room;
  • An up-to-date resource list of links, titles and people that will allow participants to explore agility in facilitation more deeply if interested; and
  • A memorable experience shared with new people in their expanded professional network.

Course Outline

Trainer(s): Dr. Rebecca Sutherns, CPF

Dr. Rebecca Sutherns, CPFDr. Rebecca Sutherns, CPF is a dynamic speaker, engaging facilitator and astute strategist and coach with over 20 years of experience. She is the CEO of Sage Solutions, a facilitation and consulting firm that delivers strategic clarity and time well spent, through helping purpose-driven leaders align what's important to them with what they do. Rebecca holds a PhD in Sustainable Communities and a Master's in Public Administration. She is a skilled mediator, sought after conference presenter and avid traveller.

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