“What is a Group Facilitator and why should I care?”

“Our classes will give you the skills to work with a group of people to produce better results.”

Hi, I’m Gary Rush and I’m a Group Facilitator and Facilitator trainer. I’m also an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator. For the past 32+ years I’ve trained thousands of people from 18 countries “how to” do my job making a difference in their careers. Like me, many have gone on to become IAF Certified Professional Facilitators (CPFs) – receiving professional recognition that provides them with a competitive edge. Others have gone on to become CEOs, CIOs, and entrepreneurs attributing much of their success to the skills learned in my group facilitator classes saving their organizations hundreds of millions of dollars by enabling people to be more engaged and more creative.

But enough about me… I’m here to introduce you to my new FoCuSeD™ group facilitator skills online classes. These are the most important skills to develop in the 21st Century.

So, by now, you may be asking yourself, “What is a Group Facilitator and why should I care?” Group Facilitators are those who are able to guide people to work together, reach consensus, and produce better ideas. The skills gained in my classes are invaluable to you no matter what you do in business and in life.

When I began, group facilitation was a specialized skill-set. Today, there’s a shift – this specialized skill-set is increasingly being included as a core competency in many job roles because, through facilitation, people develop better ideas that benefit the whole – it brings people together to accomplish good work. Group facilitation skills – is a skill-set that cannot be outsourced and it’s easily transferrable from one job role or business to another.

Today, I also teach, and will continue teaching, group facilitation skills in my 5-day public class – FoCuSeD™ Facilitator Academy because I believe in face-to-face training, which affords students with the opportunity to interact with others, practice, and receive feedback. It does make a difference.

However, I also realize that traveling to my FoCuSeD™ public class can be difficult due to travel costs and travel restrictions. It’s also difficult for people to devote five days away from their job. So, we, at MGR Consulting, Inc., have decided to bring our FoCuSeD™ training to you via self-paced online group facilitation classes.

Our first online class is now available – FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills. This class develops the foundational group facilitation skills to get you started. I cover “how to” prepare for, facilitate, and close a meeting or workshop. I also cover basic people skills, such as presentation skills, communication skills, active listening – which is the most important skill to facilitate effective communication, questioning, “how to” stay neutral, amongst others to enable you to begin your journey towards an effective group facilitator and a successful career.

Our second and third classes are coming soon; stay tuned. Let me tell you about them.

Our second online class – FoCuSeD™ Facilitating People and Conflict – continues the People Skills portion of your journey by teaching you “how to” deal with difficult people and help them become productive contributors. I will teach you “how to” form a group into a team by understanding diversity, culture, paradigms, team characteristics, and team evolution. I will also provide you with numerous people tools to help enhance the functioning of the group, improve creativity, and stimulate new ways of thinking, such as brainstorming, affinity diagramming, team-building, creativity breaks, amongst others.

Our third online class – FoCuSeD™ Holistic Facilitation Process Design – continues the Process Skills portion of your journey by teaching you “how to” design effective workshop and meeting processes that seamlessly incorporate the people tools to enhance team performance. I also provide you with a number of Problem-Solving agendas to get you started along with a number of process tools, such as prioritizing, responsibility matrices, decision-making amongst others.

All three of our FoCuSeD™ online group facilitation classes come with a PDF book designed for reference that you can use throughout your career. We also provide you with a digital class Certificate of Completion.

“Our classes will give you the skills to work with a group of people to produce better results.” Make a big difference in your career and in life! Register now at http://www.mgr-consulting-inc.thinkific.com.

FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills – Online Class

FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills – Course Description

How significant is the value of Facilitation? A Collaboration Revolution is coming and you need to be ready with the needed critical skills for success: self-awareness, teambuilding and trust, communication skills, critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, and collaborative solutions – facilitation skills in business and in life. As we move towards an era when outsourcing is commonplace, co-creating, co-working, and the gig economy increases, these skills become more critical. The ability to bring people together and accomplish good work – group facilitation skills – is a skill-set that cannot be outsourced and is transferrable from one role or business to another. Increasingly, these skills are being included as core competencies in many job roles because people develop better ideas that benefit the greater whole. These are the most important skills to develop in the 21st Century.

My FoCuSeD™ Facilitation technique is a unique approach to structured facilitation and the state-of-the-art in structured facilitation methodology. Until FoCuSeD™, facilitation techniques have been either about “process” or “people” skills. FoCuSeD™ contains a unique concept for developing structured agendas with an understanding of the two parallel developments occurring, “the workshop/meeting process and the emotional group cycle”, that must be holistically planned to achieve collaborative useful solutions – the ultimate structured facilitation technique.

My FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills online class is self-paced learning. This class covers skills that supplement your job skills. I provide you with detailed people tools to ensure collaborative useful solutions and I give you effective leadership, business, and interpersonal skills that build your confidence and enhance your ability to be successful. Students also receive a PDF version of FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills book and a digital, sharable class Certificate of Completion.  This sets the foundation for your group facilitation skills. I cover:

  • What is facilitation and when is it used.
  • What do facilitators do?
  • “How to” present yourself effectively.
  • “How to” actively listen.
  • “How to” ask effective questions.
  • “How to” improve your communication.

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For additional information – online course description

Coming soon:

    • FoCuSeD™ Facilitating People and Conflict – Online Class – $125 US
    • FoCuSeD™ Holistic Facilitation Process Design | Problem Solving – Online Class – $125 US

FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills on-line class

FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitaiton Skills on-line class –

Coming Soon!

Trainer: Gary Rush, IAF CPF
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I am pleased to announce our FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills online class. It covers the Essence of being a group Facilitator; “how to” prepare, execute, and close a workshop or meeting, along with support tools, Foundational Facilitator Skills and Communication Skills. This class will enable you to take back strategies for “how to” fit group facilitation skills into your job and begin facilitating.

This class is ideal for anyone who wants to develop group facilitation skills to supplement their job skills and enable collaboration, including:

  • Managers, Team Leaders, and Others – to run effective meetings.
  • Project Managers – to manage their teams and enable methods, such as Agile and DevOps, to be successful.
  • Business Analysts and Process Improvement Specialists – to enable effective requirements elicitation.
  • Facilitators, Counselors, Consultants, and HR Specialists – to effectively interview, accomplish tasks, and increase collaboration.

Class Abstract

This online class covers Group Facilitator Skills necessary to facilitate workshops / meetings:

  • What is Facilitation? What’s the history? When is it used?
  • What do Group Facilitators do? How does this fit with your job?
  • Presentation skills – conveying your message
  • Active Listening – communicating understanding, and comprehending
  • Questions – information gathering
  • Neutrality – staying focused on the process

Class Objectives

FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills on-line class is designed so that the students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Facilitation and its history.
  • Describe how to initiate, run, and close a workshop.
  • Describe why and how to use group norms.
  • Describe the various roles and why each is important.
  • Describe the components of preparation.
  • Take back strategies for “how to” fit facilitation skills into their job.
  • Develop Active Listening skills for effective communication.
  • Gain insight to handle their fears in front of a group.
  • Let go of the “I”, the ego – the personal stake in the outcome.

Class Materials

Students receive:

  • PDF version of FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills by Gary Rush, IAF CPF
  • A class Certificate of Completion.

Class Outline

  • The Essence of Facilitation – Let’s get FoCuSeD™!
  • Facilitating People – Foundation
  • Communication Skills

Coming Soon! FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills – on-line class

FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills on-line class – coming soon. It covers the Essence of being a group Facilitator; “how to” prepare, execute, and close a workshop or meeting, along with support tools, Foundational Facilitator Skills and Communication Skills. This class will enable you to take back strategies for “how to” fit group facilitation skills into your job and begin facilitating.

Class Abstract

FoCuSeD Introductory Facilitation Skills