This common-sense approach leads naturally to a meaningful exchange of ideas and is helpful to conduct purposeful discussions, capture a group’s best thinking, stimulate candid feedback, surface new ideas and build creative solutions.
Learn how to design and facilitate effective meetings where participation is key to success. Become more effective in facilitating virtually every form of group communication.
There are thousands of appropriate situations to use this tool, including:
"I’m especially excited about the way the methods allow and encourage different perspectives without getting bogged down with debate."
- Iris Preece
City of Fremont Human Resources
“I am now using those methods continuously in my consulting and coaching, and they are so helpful. The Focused Conversation has really helped me frame up discussions so nicely. ”
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ToP methods were created and refined through decades of community-based change work. This course follows the cycle of a community planning process, analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Learn both theoretical frameworks and practical tools to support authentic community engagement, community driven and led decision-making throughout a community project planning cycle. Participants will be an interactive learning community, learning from each other in addition to the tools and frameworks shared.More Information
Making Data Dance focuses on designing participatory processes for data gathering, review and analysis. We illustrate ways to ground groups in the data they need to make better decisions using the Focused Conversation and Consensus Workshop methods; share a straightforward tool to gather stakeholder perceptions; and provide an opportunity for you to actively participate in and apply the methods we share. *See below for available tiered pricing!*More Information
In today’s world of truncated timelines, increased workloads, and demands for workplace democracy, we need group decisions made quickly, positively, and with diminished frustration. We also need to ensure that meetings are effective, efficient, and highly productive. This course is designed for the person who needs tools to enhance participation and productivity in various types of meetings.More Information
At some point in our career or community engagement we are tasked with leading a meeting. It is assumed that we know how. Not really! We attend a lot of meetings and can recognize one that is well run, worth everyone’s time, interesting, interactive, or fun, and was well managed. If you are curious how the facilitator pulled it off and had the confidence to manage the group dynamics -- and you would like to be this person -- this is the course for you.More Information