ToP Course Offerings

ToP courses are offered year-round throughout the United States. Inquire about scheduling a public course in your area or an in-house training for your organization at the Contact Us link above.

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Facilitation Fundamentals

ToP Facilitation Methods

Explore the landscape of facilitation and learn three key processes for activating group participation in our acclaimed flagship course.

2 Days

$950.00

14 - 15 May
California
4 - 5 Jun
Washington DC
4 - 5 Jun
Washington
9 - 10 Jun
Illinois
10 - 11 Jun
Iowa
11 - 12 Jun
California
17 - 18 Jun
Minnesota
18 - 19 Jun
Minnesota
18 - 19 Jun
California
23 - 24 Jun
Texas
9 - 10 Jul
California
14 - 15 Jul
Nebraska
16 - 17 Jul
Illinois
20 - 21 Jul
Nebraska
23 - 24 Jul
California
3 - 4 Aug
Minnesota
6 - 7 Aug
Colorado
11 - 12 Aug
Wisconsin
13 - 14 Aug
California
25 - 26 Aug
Missouri
25 - 26 Aug
California
26 - 27 Aug
Minnesota
2 - 3 Sep
Nebraska
3 - 4 Sep
California
14 - 15 Sep
Texas
15 - 16 Sep
Wisconsin
15 - 16 Sep
Illinois
15 - 16 Sep
Arizona
17 - 18 Sep
Michigan
21 - 22 Sep
Washington
23 - 24 Sep
Minnesota
29 - 30 Sep
Colorado
6 - 7 Oct
Minnesota
8 - 9 Oct
Wisconsin
8 - 9 Oct
California
15 - 16 Oct
Georgia
26 - 27 Oct
Minnesota
3 - 4 Nov
Missouri
3 - 4 Nov
Arizona
5 - 6 Nov
California
16 - 17 Nov
Texas
17 - 18 Nov
Nebraska
17 - 18 Nov
Minnesota
17 - 18 Nov
Illinois
2 - 3 Dec
Oregon
3 - 4 Dec
California
7 - 8 Dec
Minnesota

Approaches to Environmental Scanning

Explore 10 creative, insightful tools to understand customer, staff or community perceptions and needs, delve into relevant data, and get groups on the same page to launch their work.

1 Day

$600.00

Thu 21 May
Illinois
Thu 28 May
Wisconsin
Thu 28 May
Minnesota
Fri 5 Jun
Colorado
Thu 25 Jun
Texas
Tue 1 Sep
Missouri
Tue 6 Oct
Nebraska
Tue 20 Oct
Wisconsin
Tue 20 Oct
California
Mon 9 Nov
Minnesota
Fri 4 Dec
Colorado
Thu 10 Dec
Oregon

Accelerated Action Planning

Plan and prepare a group project for launch, and develop shared commitment to timelines, tasks, and success measures in the time it takes to have a regular staff meeting.

Half-Day

$350.00

Fri 1 May
California
Fri 15 May
Colorado
Tue 9 Jun
California
Thu 11 Jun
Minnesota
Fri 12 Jun
Georgia
Thu 20 Aug
Minnesota
Mon 31 Aug
Missouri
Fri 4 Sep
California
Fri 18 Sep
North Carolina
Fri 16 Oct
Colorado
Tue 10 Nov
California
Thu 12 Nov
Minnesota

Virtual Facilitation Online

Learn to facilitate stimulating and productive virtual meetings, where engaged participants effectively exchange ideas, manage projects and solve problems...all online!

8 sessions

$1,250.00

Making Data Dance

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.

1 Day

$600.00

Meetings That Work

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.

2 days

$950.00

Smart Meetings 101 (Pilot)

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.

1 Day

$650.00

ToP Facilitation Methods for Community Engagement (Pilot)

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.

4 Days

$1,250.00

Advanced Facilitation

ToP Strategic Planning

Weave a variety of ToP Facilitation Methods into an integrated approach to strategic planning, resulting in strong consensus around a realistic, achievable, measurable plan.

2 days

$950.00

15 - 16 Apr
California
5 - 6 May
Arizona
19 - 20 May
Illinois
3 - 4 Jun
Colorado
18 - 19 Jun
Wisconsin
23 - 24 Jun
Minnesota
23 - 24 Jul
California
6 - 7 Aug
Minnesota
11 - 12 Aug
Illinois
27 - 28 Aug
Missouri
10 - 11 Sep
California
21 - 22 Sep
Wisconsin
24 - 25 Sep
Nebraska
24 - 25 Sep
Washington
24 - 25 Sep
California
12 - 13 Oct
Wisconsin
29 - 30 Oct
Minnesota
17 - 18 Nov
Arizona
19 - 20 Nov
Texas
2 - 3 Dec
Colorado
8 - 9 Dec
Oregon
10 - 11 Dec
Minnesota

ToP Secrets of Implementation

You created an inspiring vision and a great plan... now how do you actually get it DONE? This course offers a rich toolkit to keep plans and projects alive, relevant, and achievable during implementation.

2 days

$950.00

Facilitation Mastery

Mastering Technology of Participation

Skyrocket your facilitation skills to the mastery level and build a supportive community of practice through this intensive and stimulating year-long learning experience.

12 Day

$5,500.00

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