Facilitation Skills Courses Directory

The Benefits of Learning Facilitation Skills

Because strong facilitation skills can make discussions easier, facilitation skills training can benefit almost anyone in the modern workplace.

Whether it’s generating buy-in, determining an agenda, setting the scope of a meeting, gathering ideas, summarizing points of view, or helping a team to evaluate alternatives, trained facilitators can make workplace discussions better and meetings more valuable.

About Our Facilitation Skills Training Programs

Business Training Works offers basic facilitation training, an advanced facilitation skills program, and a short course in meeting management techniques.

These workshops are not presentation skills programs or courses about learning to train and teach. They focus exclusively on the nuts and bolts of guiding productive discussions.

Our Workshop Facilitators

Our course facilitators are just that, facilitators. They know how to make people comfortable, ask good questions, summarize effectively, and drive a team toward achieving a goal and making decisions with the use of a range of tools.

While they routinely conduct soft-skills training, our facilitators also have robust experience helping teams navigate discussions outside the training and talent development arena.

Our Interactive Approach to Training

As with all of our instructor-led courses, these programs are participant focused and interactive. Learners can expect to take part in activities and practice concepts taught throughout their time in class.

To review what’s covered in our existing training courses, read the short workshop descriptions found on this page, or click on the course links to see the full outlines.

If you have a need our existing material does not address, contact us to talk about your goals and objectives.

Note: For presentation skills training and train-the-trainer workshops, please reference those course directories.

Format Key

  • H – Half-Day Onsite Training Course
  • F – Full-Day Onsite Training Course
  • M – Multi-Day Onsite Training Course

Workshop Descriptions

Conducting Conversations: Guiding Discussions and Keeping People on Track

Facilitation skills are a necessity for anyone running a project team, department, or division.  Knowing how to conduct discussion and put others in the spotlight takes a certain savvy.  This program covers the fundamentals of solid facilitation and how to conduct a productive discussion.  We will explore such topics as understanding the facilitator’s role, establishing ground rules, framing discussions, questioning points of view, summarizing information, keeping track of decisions, building consensus, and managing conflict.  In addition, we will practice a variety of popular tools for generating and considering ideas.

Advanced Facilitation Skills: How to Get the Most from Business Discussions

This advanced facilitation skills course is designed for people who are already comfortable running meetings and looking for additional facilitation tools.  While the course reviews some of the fundamentals covered in our standard program, it introduces concepts not addressed in depth in that program.  We will spend time discussing people style management and tools for uncovering values, beliefs, and motivations.  We will also practice using Business Training Works’ strategic-thinking tool, Lenses: Gaining Focus and Seeing New Perspectives,TM a method for gathering opinion, making objective comparisons, and considering points of view. Additionally, this course includes an exploration of such meeting goals as consensus building, decision making, strategic planning, and brainstorming.  Participants will talk about each objective and how the facilitator’s choice of tools must change depending on the task at hand.

Making Meetings Work: How to Schedule Fewer Meetings and Get More Done

Bad meetings are not good for business. They waste time and money.  This program is designed to help people improve their meeting management skills.  It provides basic facilitation tools and suggests best practices for getting the most out of workplace discussions.  The course outlines the cost of meetings, 14 best practices for running meetings, questions to consider before calling a meeting, basic facilitation skills, and tactics for addressing common problems. If they implement the suggestions offered and skills taught in the program, participants should find they have fewer meetings and get more enjoyment and better results from those they do attend.

Onsite Training Course Reminders

Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups.  These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format.  Please contact us to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.

We offer training in the District of Columbia and the following US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Please contact us about your location.

Onsite Workshops