Facilitation Skills for Sustainability Practitioners

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Note: This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule for later in the year. Thanks for your understanding!

It isn’t easy getting a group engaged, motivated, and to consensus in order to take the necessary action that will support sustainability efforts. With the right fundamentals, process and practice, facilitation skills can be developed for any professional or consultant.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn the basics of facilitation in order to assist organizations, green teams and communities to agree on sustainability decisions and initiatives. Participants will gain information on how to structure meetings in order to create engagement and build consensus. Strategies will be discussed to help prepare agendas, determine activities and exercises, and manage difficult situations.

Bring your questions! In addition to a full hour of training, we'll also save time at the end for discussion about the common challenges and best practices facing our audience members. 

Dates and Details:

  • Date: September 10, 2013
  • Time: 1pm - 2:15pm ET (75 minutes) 
  • Location: online! 
  • Cost: $39

Presentation learning outcomes or objectives:

  • Define the role of a facilitator
  • Learn 5 key preparation steps for planning for facilitation
  • Get tips for developing effective meeting agendas
  • Learn basic methodologies and facilitation formats to engage groups and build consensus
  • Learn tips, strategies and activities to get create participant engagement
  • Understand best practices of managing group conversations
  • Gain strategies in how to manage disruptions and difficult situations

Who should attend:

    This training is designed for anyone who needs to manage the "people" side of sustainability. Green team leaders, sustainability consultants, committee chairs -- anyone who has ever scheduled a meeting to discuss sustainability issues and persuade people to take action will benefit!

    About the Trainer, K.J. McCorry:

    K.J. McCorry is the founder of eco-officiency, offering sustainability consulting services to small- and medium-sized businesses. She specializes in sustainability planning, assessments and employee training. She has been an avid environmentalist for over 25 years cultivating sustainability within her own personal and professional life.

    For the past 16 years, K.J. has served as one of the leading efficiency and productivity consultants for companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Her work has been committed to streamlining processes to not only create efficiency but also sustainability.  Read her whole bio here.

    A note from SSC President Jennifer Woofter: 

    I've been to a lot of training on employee engagement, facilitation, and training. I always walked away frustrated by the tendency of the presenters to focus on the spiritual and emotional side of facilitation--and ignoring the very practical aspects. How do you deal with people who don't want to be in the meeting? What can a facilitator do to ensure commitment to next steps? What are the best ways to engage shy or taciturn participants? How to you keep the boss from talking over everyone?

    Then I saw K.J. present a training session on facilitation skills, and I was blown away. Her information was practical, accessible, and immediately implementable. In that 60 minutes I learned more about effective facilitation than I did in all my other training combined. I knew immediately that I needed to collaborate with her on an online training version of her presentation.

    Facilitation skills are absolutely vital to the success of sustainability initiatives--yet the vast majority of green champions (whether inside the organization or brought in as an outside expert) lack the fundamental knowledge to effectively engage, manage, and motivate teams towards their sustainability goals. I truly believe that this class should be required for all sustainability practitioners in the market today.

    (And thanks, K.J., for being so open to sharing your learning on a larger platform! I can't wait to see the effects of this event ripple out into our shared community of practice!)