Expert Facilitation for Retreats or Meetings

We provide three types of Expert Facilitation for Retreats or Meetings. The following lists these offerings (scroll down for full descriptions of each).

Expert Facilitation for Retreat or Meetings

Teambuilding
Inclusive and Engaging Discussions for Group Results
Customized Facilitation for Staff, Team, or Board Training

Expert Facilitation for Retreats or Meetings

Teambuilding

One of our most popular facilitated offerings, for groups from 5 to 1000, these two-hour to full day teambuilding sessions provide a joyous, connection-forming energy break for meetings, retreats, or orientation events. Based on the ideas and exercises from Dr. Don Waisanen’s book Improv for Democracy: How to Bridge Differences and Develop the Communication and Leadership Skills Our World Needs, these teambuilding sessions combine the on-your-feet hilarity and inclusive spirit of improv comedy with insights into how we all can build trust and work best together. If you’re looking for a straightforward, fun, and highly engaging session to add to your next retreat or event, this core teambuilding session will leave everyone energized and with a smile on their faces, guaranteed.

Inclusive and Engaging Discussions for Group Results

Drawing from the best methods for discussions / group processes, while staying highly attentive to participants’ needs and interests, this facilitation focuses on getting teams the results they need during a retreat or meeting. Ideal for half-day to several day gatherings where everyone needs to be included and engaged every step of the way. Using a prioritized purpose as our guiding lens, we draw from methods such as liberating structures, longstanding techniques from practices in dialogue and deliberation, and fields such as group communication, social psychology, and sociology to bring into being both the art and science of gathering well. This facilitation can also be applied for larger, public gatherings where organizations would like to facilitate difficult conversations, model productive meetings, or procure needed stakeholder input on certain topics.

Customized Facilitation for Staff, Team, or Board Training

Combines elements from the “Teambuilding” and “Inclusive and Engaging Discussions for Group Results” facilitations with specific staff, team, or board training needs integrated into the gathering. For instance, in addition to the goals of getting connected and having needed discussions during a retreat or meeting, training from our core and other workshop offerings can be included, such as interpersonal dynamics, developing pitches, media training, or strategic storytelling. For boards, we often conduct trainings on board members roles and responsibilities, making asks for donations, and other specific needs. In advance, we work to create an agenda that aligns with your retreat or meeting’s purposes to make sure everyone feels involved and emerges with actions and accountabilities moving forward.