Facilitation Agility: Off The Rails But Still On Track

Facilitation Agility: Off The Rails But Still On Track
Planning and delivering effective learning events requires not only skills in adult education, curriculum design and training, but also the ability to adjust to changing conditions. Experienced facilitators know that you even the most beautifully designed, carefully planned sessions can go off the rails. It is often true that only 40-60% of your scripted process actually unfolds as planned.
It is therefore essential for masterful facilitators to develop the ability to hold their scripts loosely and to be nimble at the front of the room. They need the skills required to adapt skillfully and seamlessly to the unexpected, while still maintaining a laser-sharp focus on achieving the objectives of the session.

Those skills of agile facilitation are not available through painful experience – they can be taught and practiced. This webinar will help participants learn from the presenter’s 20+ years of stories, examples and experience of coping with the unexpected in facilitated events, equipping them with tips and tools to avoid similar mistakes.

Participants will:
• Learn top notch preparation habits to minimize the unexpected;
• Gain specific tips and habits to adapt to whatever happens in the room, including keeping things
on track and steering them back there when they threaten to go off course; and
• Identify follow-up techniques to mitigate and learn from sessions that seem to have gone off the 


Dr. Rebecca Sutherns is the Founder and CEO of Sage Solutions, a facilitation consulting firm in Guelph. She is a Certified Professional Facilitator who holds a PhD in Sustainable Communities. Rebecca has conducted strategic planning, stakeholder consultations, community-based research, coaching and evaluation exercises for a range of clients around the world, in multiple sectors. She teaches Community Engagement and Facilitation Skills at two universities. She is also a gifted communicator, whose practical and engaging style, combined with strategic insight, is appreciated by her clients and participants. Rebecca’s experience is deepest in the community benefit sector, working with health, education and social service organizations. More recently, she is bringing her strategic planning and facilitation expertise to solopreneurs – a context she knows well, having thrived as a successful business owner for more than 20 years.

*This counts towards 1 credit hour for certification maintenance*

Date and time: June 4, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm EDT
Fee: Members: Free, Non-Members: $50.00 plus taxes

Please note that there are two steps in the registration process. First, you are required to register on IMIS (The I4PL website) and then the second step is to register on the GoToWebinar platform. The second step will be sent to you 48 hours before the webinar that will then send a confirmation email with the dial-in instructions. For questions, please contact Iris van Dijk at webinars@performanceandlearning.ca 

TO REGISTER: In order to register for this event, you must first log in. Members, please log in
using your member credentials. Not a member? That's ok - you can still register for an event
by creating an account free of charge.

CANCELLATIONS: The Institute for Performance and Learning does not issue refunds for
cancelled event registrations. Cancellations received in writing up to seven days prior to the
event date will be issued a full credit voucher to be applied to another event within each
calendar year. 
6/4/2018 1:30 PM - 6/4/2018 2:30 PM

Sign In