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Control the Room is now Facilitation Lab Summit

Control the Room

First Annual Facilitator Summit

Join us for this two-day interactive event!

Are you responsible for meetings that drive outcomes, exploratory sessions, off-sites, strategic planning, daily standups, retrospectives, or workshops of any kind?

Are you a strategy consultant, negotiator, manager, Scrum Master or design thinker? Deepen your knowledge on how to facilitate meetings that matter and connect with other facilitation and meeting practitioners. 


February 5–7, 2019


8am–6pm CST


Austin, TX

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Facilitation Master Class

May 22 or 24, 2019

A hands-on workshop to sharpen your facilitation skills with Daniel Stillman & Douglas Ferguson

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Austin Facilitator Summit

May 23, 2019

A full-day of expert facilitators sharing methods & activities featuring 16 Master Facilitators

Opening Speaker

Priya Parker

Master facilitator and author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

With a background in facilitating high-powered gatherings around the world, Priya will share inspired recommendations for leading meetings of any kind.

Bonus: All attendees will receive a signed copy of Priya’s book.

Event Speakers

Douglas Ferguson

Master of Ceremonies

Anna Jackson

Principal at Alpinista Consulting

Ben Guhin

Stay Curious, Find Joy

Brian Sullivan

Empathy Immersion

Céline Thibault

Making the Meta – Physical

Daniel Stillman

Narrative Facilitation Design

Greg Galle

Think Wrong to Solve Next

Heidi Helfand

Leadership starts with listening

Jessica Lowry

20 Minute Mindful Facilitation Workshop

John Colaruotolo

I’m an Attention Seeker: Facilitating with Visual Models


Keith McCandless

Radical Departures: Productively Including Every Voice With Liberating Structures

Kevin Hoffman

Finding and Managing Style Biases in Facilitation

Marni Wilhite

Stay Curious, Find Joy

Mohamed Ali Abdirahman

I am not a label. Facilitating for community in a transient age.

Neha Saigal

Getting a team to think outside the box

Patricia Selmo

Pump Up Your Flipcharts

Reagan Pugh

Creating a Storytelling Organization

Terrence Metz

Consensual Prioritization

Tomasz Borek

Working with "Facilitator Challengers"

Wait, What's Facilitation?

Whether you know it or not, you are probably a facilitator. The act of facilitating is to make an operation or process easier. Facilitation skills are crucial to exercise when planning and running meetings to make them as participative and productive as possible. It’s imperative to company profit and culture to conduct successful meetings. Perfecting the art of facilitation is one of the most important and beneficial skill sets that make a successful leader. 

A skilled facilitator can supercharge a team’s performance by functioning as a process guide for navigating complicated business challenges. Facilitators are experts at leading groups through key meetings and gatherings. Facilitators exist to enable better gatherings between teams, stakeholders, or collaborators of any kind.

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Austin, TX 78701
What People Are Saying

"I loved the conference. As a relatively novice facilitator, I returned energized and inspired. When I signed up for the conference - I mostly did so because of rave reviews from my colleagues. It was a little hard to tell what I was getting into from the event page. There's so much value here for folks in leadership roles etc."



"I realized my entire role is facilitation. I have to do a lot of lateral influencing. So I use these skills even if it is not a super-structured workshop. Our product team has micro meetings all the time, and these methods help us get the most of those moments. My team can lean on me to facilitate. You will redesign the way you have conversations. I can’t believe every college student doesn’t have to take a class like this. This is how you collaborate. It is the underpinning of the future of work."



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