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Facilitation Skills for Successful Collaboration, UK

Mar. 24, 2015 - Mar. 25, 2015

About the course:

Collaboration skills are currently in great demand to support the explosion of intra-sector and cross-sector working and partnerships.  To maximise the potential of good collaborative working, an understanding of how groups work and how to harness the group's creativity and energy is essential.   This course will build on your current experience and give you a greater understanding of group dynamics and numerous practical skills and techniques to facilitate meetings, groups and team work.

What does the course cover?

  • Defining facilitation
  • What does good facilitation look like?
  • Ground rules for meetings
  • The 6 secrets of successful facilitation
  • Getting the atmosphere right
  • Facilitation tools for key meeting activities
  • Tools for ensuring participant buy-in
  • Practice sessions and personal feedback to improve
  • What can go wrong and how to fix it
  • Warm ups and energisers
  • Personal confidence as a facilitator

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe what good facilitation looks like
  • Select options to create the right atmosphere and encourage group participation
  • Evaluate methods for bringing groups to decisions and actions
  • Compare facilitation tools for 5 key meeting activities: Diagnosing problems, Problem solving, Creating options, Prioritising, Decision making
  • Apply tips on maintaining control under pressure
  • Significantly increase your repertoire of facilitation structures and tools to cover a wide range of meetings and workshops
  • Ensure the right atmosphere and buy in from groups
  • Identify when to intervene and in what ways

Who should attend?

This facilitation course is for anyone who's ever had to facilitate a meeting, discussion or activity as part of a collaborative process, and would like to make them more creative and interactive. 

Course structure:

Registration is from 8.45am, with the course starting at 9.00am and concluding by 5.30pm. The day is broken up into four sessions, separated by a lunch break and coffee/ tea breaks in the morning and afternoon.

This workshop is experiential and there will be opportunities to learn structures and techniques and practice them as well as observing and learning from others. You will receive a facilitator’s toolkit to support your future meetings and workshops.

The two day programme enables us to cover addressing group dynamics and troubleshooting difficulties as well as each person to have facilitation practice with feedback and coaching from the facilitators.

Date: 24 - 25 Mar 2015 
Length: 2 days
Location: London, UK
Residential: No


About the facilitators:

Shona Ward

Shona Ward

Shona is a Managing Partner of the Learning Curve Network. She has been facilitating training workshops and other events since 1987. She began her career providing individual counselling and psychotherapy in Further Education, Health and Social services before her involvement in management training and team development. Shona provides facilitation for partnership formation, staff away days, strategy and business planning meetings as well as planning and engagement meetings . She has facilitated both international and local events e.g. she facilitated an international multi-stakeholder meeting between 10 organisations in Qatar on Humanitarian Professionalism, and has recently facilitated an event for seven social housing providers in Bristol . Shona has also provided facilitation skills training in the not for profit sector and the commercial sector.


Cath Russ

Catherine Russ

Catherine  is an independent Learning and Development Specialist and Accredited Partnership Broker.  She has worked in senior and advisory roles in the humanitarian sector for Save the Children, ELRHA and RedR. Most recently she was involved in setting up the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, a cross-sector collaborative initiative led by Save the Children. Her learning and development work goes back over 15 years and includes strategy development, facilitation and assessment of humanitarian training programmes in countries including Sri Lanka, Sudan, Pakistan, Chad and Haiti.  She has overseen the development and assessment of trainers and facilitated on numerous training  programmes. Her Partnership Brokering work has led her to focus most recently on groups and how to develop skills to maximise collaboration.


The fees are inclusive of all training resources, lunch and refreshments. For further information on pricing bands please use the link on the right.


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Early bird fee: Book and pay up to a month in advance to receive a 10% discount through our early bird scheme. 

Discounts are available to organisations and individuals.

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