Facilitation for Organizational Change

Dallase Scott Presenter
Vice President of Change Management
Lisa Bjerke Co-Presenter
Senior Program Manager for Change Management
Sun, 10/27: 8:30 AM  - 4:30 PM 
Full-Day Workshop 
Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop 
Room: 206D - Food 
One of the most important, yet often underappreciated, skills in any profession is the ability to be a strong group meeting facilitator. Whether it is a small staff meeting or a campus-wide strategic planning effort, being a confident and effective facilitator is essential. It not only helps you accomplish your goals, but also provides the necessary structure and process for broader organizational change. So, what does it mean to be a strong facilitator? What are concrete tools one can use to lead a group decision-making process? The first part of this workshop will include facilitation refresher activities designed to guide participants through the important steps in group facilitation. The group will be able to test their knowledge of important tools that can help groups generate new ideas as well as help them converge those ideas into actionable next steps. Through fun and interactive activities, participants will be challenged to apply the tools they learn with these engaging, hands-on experiences. In the second part of the workshop, participants will have ample time to practice facilitating meetings using proven techniques and to receive constructive feedback from the group in a safe environment. There will also be time for group discussion where the group will collectively share new ideas as well as help converge those ideas into actionable next steps. This workshop will cover topics such as behavior theory as it pertains to meetings, the role of a facilitator, types of meetings, basic facilitation tools and techniques, difficult conversations and personalities, adaptive facilitation, nonverbal communication, methods of building group consensus, and a holistic process approach to facilitation.

Audience Empowerment

For this full-day workshop, participants will have several opportunities to practice their facilitation skills. The first part of the workshop covers the basics of facilitation, and the second part involves a three-part exercise where participants join teams and co-facilitate a series of meetings in a simulation of gaining consensus with stakeholders on a mock university sustainability strategic planning process. 

Primary Topic Area

Campus Engagement & Culture

Secondary Topic Areas

Public Engagement

Session Level

Introductory Level

Intended Audience

Businesses and Community
Graduate Students or Above
Other Staff
Sustainability Staff
Undergraduate Students