In this fun, fast-paced, hands-on class, you’ll sharpen your facilitation skills through practice and peer feedback. Daniel and I will lead you through various methods, teaching why and how they work.
You’ll get facilitation tips and tricks and learn how to incorporate these techniques into everyday meetings. You’ll end the day with a new way of looking at facilitating and the confidence to approach it with renewed energy and optimism. It’s not just about a bigger toolbox, but developing internal resources that you can draw on to be a master facilitator.
The class will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll have the chance to try new facilitation approaches in a safe space. We won’t just talk at you — you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn from our experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest enterprises.
Most people could benefit, no matter what your job is. But we think this will be especially relevant for Scrum Masters, business owners, team leaders, meeting facilitators, strategy consultants, negotiators, managers, and design thinkers. If you run meetings, daily standups, workshops, or other important work gatherings, you’ll learn a ton.
Facilitators lead and guide teams through important gatherings (think: “lockdowns,” working sessions, strategic meetings, etc.) to achieve better outcomes. They are skilled at developing focused agendas, leading collaborative activities, remaining impartial, and keeping participants on task. Even if you are not a professional facilitator, many of us have to play the role of facilitator at key moments in our day-to-day work. Here’s your chance to learn tools to do it more successfully.
What You'll Learn
Manage difficult people
Juggle the multiple roles you have to play
Lead group synthesis of complex data
Approach group work mindfully
Transform your workshop planning using a narrative framework
Douglas is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based workshop agency that specializes in Design Sprints and innovation workshops. Prior to Voltage Control, Douglas held CTO positions at numerous Austin startups where he led product and engineering teams using agile, lean, and human-centered design principles. While CTO at Twyla, Douglas worked directly with Google Ventures running Design Sprints and now brings this experience and process to companies everywhere.
Douglas recently published his first book Beyond the Prototype, which offers expert advice for people shifting from discovery projects to realization and launch. Douglas is active in the Austin startup community where he serves on the board of several non-profits, mentors startups, and advises early-stage ventures. Douglas spends his free time patching up modular synthesizers, playing guitar, and taking photographs. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Daniel designs conversations for a living. An independent design facilitator and coach, he works with teams and organizations to frame and sustain productive and collaborative conversations. He’s worked with clients of all shapes and sizes on product, service and organizational innovation. He hosts The Conversation Factory podcast and is the author of the upcoming book, “Good Talk: How to Design Conversations that Matter” a handbook for change makers and innovators.
Voltage Control is an
innovation workshop agency
Voltage Control was founded by Douglas Ferguson, an entrepreneur and technologist with over 20 years of experience. With his unique combination of expertise in technology, product strategy, and design thinking, Voltage Control offers trusted guidance to companies who want to jumpstart their product or project with an impactful innovation workshop. Austin-based Voltage Control designs and leads custom innovation workshops and Design Sprints, as developed by Google Ventures.
In addition to workshop facilitation, Voltage Control engages with organizations for Digital Transformation, Innovation Training, Corporate Summits, and Strategic Planning. Douglas is also the author of Beyond the Prototype, a new book that offers a six-step plan for companies struggling with the shift from discovery to launch.
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