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Facilitation Finesse

Advance your leadership skills and guide your group with ease and confidence – no matter what happens.

 

UPCOMING OFFERINGS

4-week cohort-based training on Zoom

Effective facilitation is no longer a specialized skill for subject matter experts. It is a high-demand leadership skill that is now expected from anyone who leads groups or teams. Regardless of your role, whether you’re a manager, organizational leader, coach, consultant, or educator – you can greatly benefit from professional development in facilitation.

About FACILITATION FINESSE

Most of us are facilitating alone in an echo chamber, without anyone to help us grow. The fastest way to develop yourself as a facilitator is to gain the right tools, practice in real-time, and get feedback from peers you can trust.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand your personal facilitation strengths, and have the mindsets and tools to own your presence and feel confident you can handle anything that comes up in the room with clarity and grace.

The training is guided by our proprietary framework The Four Facets of Great Facilitation. You will step into your growth edges and expand your range so you will be able to meet the needs of the room and respond effortlessly in the moment.

This course is ideal for facilitators with 1-10 years of experience, who self-assess between advanced-beginner to advanced-intermediate levels of practice. You already have some felt experience in front of the room—now is the time to practice your skills in a safe environment to learn, experiment, grow, and become a next-level facilitator.

 

Our Clients

I’ve found very few (valuable) resources for facilitators to deeply learn their craft and have opportunities to practice. Facilitation Finesse gives language to the magic that facilitators strive to create and offers a roadmap to continue growing your practice. A must take course for anyone who leads gatherings or experiences for others.

Lisa Rogoff, Founder, Launch Project

Great investment! I believe it was the right mix of the theoretical with the practical. Really enjoyed how the course consistently modeled the right mix of engagement for virtual facilitation. Thank you for creating a great learning environment!

Shawnette Rochelle, President, Excellence Unbounded

I’d heard a lot about this course and had been looking forward to it for months. All I can say is it did not disappoint! I loved every moment, every interaction and activity. An experience that will change the way I work!

Lian Passmore, Engagement and Wellbeing Manager, Northpower

Facilitation Finesse helped me to uplevel my coaching and facilitation presence dramatically in a stunningly short period of time. The combination of brilliant content, witnessing the example of our amazing facilitators, Julia and Romy, reflecting independently, and discussing and role-playing in breakouts was exquisite. I left feeling inspired, confident, competent, and like I have a community rooting for me as my journey unfolds from here on out.

Astrid Schanz-Garbassi, Chief of Staff, ibelong

The facilitators of this program taught us that if we were to take away anything from these four sessions, it is the importance of engagement. Well, Julia & Romy, you certainly practice what you preach. This is the first time I have participated in a virtual program where I not only didn’t look at the clock, but lost track of time!

Allyson Dhindsa, Senior Associate Director, Career Coaching, NYU Stern

This helped to realize the benefits of dynamic, participatory facilitation. I’m very much an introverted data person and I was very open to learning how to get more engagement. This went far beyond what I was hoping for. Every minute was a minute well spent and I learned so much in these four sessions. I feel much more confident in creating sessions that will consider the audience’s needs and incorporate more modalities into providing the information I share to ensure they can engaged participants versus passive listeners.

Melissa Gonzalez, Administrator of Assessment and Accountability, IEM Charter Schools

I really feel more confident in my abilities to facilitate sessions. I now have tools and understanding of facilitation strategies.

Marc Wheeler, Program Manager for Technical Assistance – Small Business, Spruce Root

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Who Is This Training For?

This course is ideal for people who have 1-10 years of experience in facilitation and want a supportive space to develop their skill set in a trusted cohort of peers. This training is great for folks who are doing this work full-time, who don’t have “facilitator” in their job title but frequently lead groups like team managers and group coaches or as a great brush-up for leaders with more experience who want to refine their craft and be immersed in a community of practice.

Internal Program Leaders
Looking to up-level the delivery of your company meetings, trainings and off-sites.
Coaches + Consultants
Looking to add more confidence and range to the way you lead sessions for your clients.
Entrepreneurs + Founders
Looking to engage your audience with proven facilitation principles and practices.
Educators
Looking for new tools to engage your students and staff.
WHAT OUR PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING

 

What you’ll get out of this course

 

  • Learn the Four Facets of Great Facilitation
    You will step into your growth edges and expand your range so you will be able to meet the needs of the room and respond effortlessly in the moment.
  • Live practice and feedback
    Each session includes core facilitation principles and techniques with immediate application, including tips for leading in virtual and hybrid environments. You will facilitate in small groups, with an inspiring community of colleagues to provide feedback.
  • Confidence to show up powerfully and authentically
    Whether you lead meetings, workshops, or off-sites, you will walk away from this training with the confidence to effectively guide any group to their goal.

  • Tools to troubleshoot challenges that arise in real time
    Gain practical tools to address real challenges, like dealing with the person who won’t stop talking, or lots of awkward silence, or a session that goes completely off the rails.
Modules and Key Skills Include
  • Leadership Style and Presence: Embracing facilitation as a path of personal transformation, assessing personal strengths and areas of growth, owning your presence in front of the room.
  • Creating Connection: The 5 Keys to Connection, how to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusion and belonging, leading relevant icebreakers that deepen trust and rapport.
  • Giving Clear Instructions: The 6 parameters for instructions that instill confidence, and set your participants up for a successful experience, no matter the exercise or activity.
  • Adopting a Coaching Mindset: The power of asking the right questions, how to harvest wisdom in the room, leading debriefs for lasting change.
  • Grouping + Theming: How to tie a conversation back to your main themes and acknowledge individual shares, helping participants feel seen, heard and valued.
  • Troubleshooting in Real Time: Techniques for awkward silence, how to address the person who overshares, and working productively with resistance and detractors.
  • Active Engagement: Shifting your participants from being passive observers to active participants, leading energizers to uplift the room when energy dips, how to design an inclusive environment for both introverts and extroverts, tips for virtual + hybrid.

Experience Design Diversity Initiative

Significant financial assistance available to support
BIPOC to participate in Scaling Intimacy.

Find out more + apply now


As part of our commitment to dismantling racism through experience
design, $25 from your registration will be donated to an organization of
your choosing working to advance racial justice.

OUR FACILITATORS
Jenny Sauer-Klein
Founder & CEO
Scaling Intimacy School of Experience Design
Jenny Sauer-Klein
Founder & CEO
Scaling Intimacy School of Experience Design

Jenny Sauer-Klein is passionate about designing transformational experiences that prioritize connection over content, and regularly consults for organizations like Google, Airbnb, Dropbox and the Haas School of Business. She is the founder and CEO of the Scaling Intimacy School of Experience Design, which trains event leaders to strategically weave connection into the fabric of their events. She created Play On Purpose, a video tutorial library with over 80 of her best virtual and in-person team building games, to support facilitators to confidently engage and connect groups and teams.

Julia Winston
Senior Facilitator
Coach, Facilitator & Experience Designer
juliawinston.com
Julia Winston
Senior Facilitator
Coach, Facilitator & Experience Designer
juliawinston.com

Julia Winston is a master facilitator, experience designer and executive coach serving leaders, teams and families to cultivate purpose, clarity and connection in the workplace and beyond. With 20 years of experience as a facilitator and 10 years as a business leader, Julia not only serves organizations as a consultant and advisor; she also trains and teaches facilitation and experience design to industry leaders around the world. Julia works with groups ranging from bootstrapped startups and mid-sized software businesses, to nonprofits and universities, to private equity and wealth management firms. She loves creating fun, warm, inclusive environments where people engage across levels of tenure and seniority to get to the heart of human connection and shared purpose. When she’s not working and podcasting, you can find Julia hosting dinner parties and family gatherings because, well, it’s an addiction: she just can’t stop facilitating.

Romy Alexandra
Facilitator
Learning Experience Designer + Experiential Learning Trainer
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Romy Alexandra
Facilitator
Learning Experience Designer + Experiential Learning Trainer
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Romy Alexandra is a learning experience designer and experiential learning trainer on a mission to humanize learning spaces. She is passionate about designing and delivering trainings that intentionally integrate experiential learning, psychological safety, emotional intelligence, the neuroscience of learning, and behavior change. Romy brings over a decade of international facilitation experience in more than 35 countries across 4 continents. She consults with organizations and entrepreneurs across the globe to transform content into connecting, engaging, and impactful learning experiences, whether they be online, in-person, or hybrid. Romy has worked with clients such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), The Red Cross, ASICS, Chevron, and many more. She holds multiple certifications in Experiential Learning, Critical Pedagogy, and Psychological Safety and certifies others in these topics too. Romy’s an avid world traveler, foodie, street art hunter, bookworm, and yoga enthusiast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Facilitation Finesse different from the Designing Dynamic Experiences Training?

Our flagship Designing Dynamic Experiences training helps you to strategically develop your curriculum or agenda for your event using our Dramatic Arc Event Template. Facilitation Finesse is focused on how you lead and deliver experiences live in the room, your leadership style and presence, and how you can be agile and responsive when unexpected things happen.

Do you need to take Designing Dynamic Experiences before Facilitation Finesse?

No, you can take either course first, as they are complementary perspectives that go well in either order.

What is your cancellation/transfer policy?

Registration for the course is non-refundable, but is transferable. If you are unable to attend, you can transfer your registration to one of the next two offerings of the Facilitation Finesse or Designing Dynamic Experiences training. You may transfer your registration only one time, if you cancel a second time, your registration will be forfeited. If you request a transfer less than 10 days before Day 1 of training, a $100 transfer fee will apply.

What does each session consist of?

Our live sessions will focus on connecting as a cohort, diving deeper into the main principles, practicing facilitation in small groups with feedback from your peers, and receiving mentorship from experts in the field.

What is the time commitment for this workshop?

The Facilitation Finesse workshop is a 4-week virtual series (2 hours and 15 minutes each session).

In addition, you should expect to do about 30 minutes of homework between each session, which may include a combination of watching videos, reading handouts, and/or preparing a short facilitation segment.

Are there any discounts available?

We offer a 20% discount for groups of 5 or more. Please email connect@scalingintimacy.com with the names and emails of your participants and we will send you a custom discount code to register! We have limited financial assistance available for those from under represented communities and non-profit leaders. Please reach out to connect@scalingintimacy.com to discuss available options!

What if I can’t make this upcoming event?

We 2 cohorts of Facilitation Finesse per year. Click here to put your name on the list to be contacted when new dates are confirmed. 

Do you do private workshops for teams?

Yes, we do! We’ve worked with organizations like Target, Roku, AppsFlyer, and The Advancement Leadership Lab to help up-level the skills of internal leaders. We can customize a series of 2-hour facilitation training sessions for your team. Click here to find out more about our team trainings.

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