IAP2 Taster Series: Facilitation Agility -- Off the rails but still on track

  • November 19, 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (PST)
  • online
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Planning and delivering effective meetings requires the ability to adjust to changing conditions. Experienced facilitators know that even the most carefully planned sessions can go off the rails. It’s essential for 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 to the unexpected, while maintaining a laser-sharp focus on achieving the session’s objectives.

Participants will learn from the presenter’s 20+ years of stories, examples and experience of coping with the unexpected, equipping them with tips and tools to avoid similar mistakes.

Learning Objectives

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.

• Identify follow-up techniques to mitigate and learn from sessions that seem to have gone off the rails.


  1. Introduction
  2. What is facilitation?
    1. Question 1: How often do you use facilitation skills in your current role?
    2. Question 2: How would you describe your current level of confidence with facilitation?
    3. 4 Rs of Nimble Facilitation
    4. Relationships
    5. Readiness
      • Know yourself
      • Know your scope
      • Know your space
      • Know your script
      • Know your meeting
      • Know your “mojo”
    6. Recovery
    7. Reflection
    8. Recap
    9. Questions

Please note that this is an adaptation of the longer Nimble Facilitator course.

Note that space is limited for this webinar. The webinar recording and collateral materials will be posted to the "Tasters" page in the "Members Only" section of the website after the event.

Remember that since this is a webinar, there is a two-stage process for registering. Your confirmation email will contain a link to our webinar provider's site. Please fill out the form there to receive your login information.

Dr. Rebecca Sutherns, CPF is a dynamic speaker, engaging facilitator and astute strategist and coach with over 20 years of experience. She is the CEO of Sage Solutions, a facilitation and consulting firm that delivers strategic clarity and time well spent, through helping purpose-driven leaders align what's important to them with what they do. Rebecca holds a PhD in Sustainable Communities and a Master's in Public Administration. She is a skilled mediator, sought after conference presenter and avid traveller.

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