Planners Toolkit: Meeting Facilitation and Engagement

APA Illinois Chapter


Friday, January 25, 2019
8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CST

CHICAGO, IL, United States

CM | 7.50

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As part of the APA-CMS 2019 Planners Toolkit, this training workshop will equip you with the tools to guide meaningful group conversations, facilitate a meaningful exchange of ideas, help groups come to a resolution, and involve the entire group in thinking through difficult issues.

Learn two time-tested processes for activating group participation. Gain hands-on experience practicing the processes and explore ways you will be able to apply them for your specific situation. 

The Focused Conversation Method
Learn a structured process that helps you plan and facilitate a meaningful exchange of ideas. Discover ways to involve every member in thinking through difficult issues. This process heightens your effectiveness in facilitating virtually every form of group communication.

  • Conduct purposeful, productive meetings and discussions
  • Quickly capture a group’s best thinking
  • Surface new ideas and solutions
  • Ask questions that stimulate candid feedback and discussion

The Action Planning Method
Learn and Implementation based planning process that enables you to help a group rapidly pull together an effective plan, organize needed resources and mobilize individuals’ energy into action.

  • Visualize a successful result
  • Analyze the current reality
  • Create a practical plan
  • Maximize group commitment and involvement

Who Should Take This Course?
People who are actively involved in the leadership and facilitation of groups and teams including but not limited to: Supervisors, executive directors, managers, professional facilitators, private consultants, training managers, educators, health practitioners, community specialists, concerned citizens and team members in high participation environments who need increased exposure to group participation methods to be effective.  

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Seva Gandhi

Seva Gandhi, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Institute of Cultural Affairs. Seva Gandhi, a Chicago native, has been in the field of community development as an organizer and facilitator locally and abroad, for the past 8 years. Seva has organized the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, a project that uses the ... Read More

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