Mini Workshop

Facilitation Summit at a Glance

Join us for the official conference overview.

Douglas and Erik will share details on all speakers and sessions for our upcoming facilitation summit. Come learn more about our speakers, this year’s theme of Shifts, and all the fun ways you’ll be able to engage, including VR! We’ll even provide advice on how to convince your manager to allow you to expense the cost of the conference.

We’ll have plenty of time for Q&A so that you can get all of the information you need to decide if the conference experience is right for you.

Also, make sure to stick around to the very end for giveaways.

If you are ready to purchase a ticket to the summit or learn more, you can check out the official summit page on our calendar.

Date

December 16, 2021

Time

10am-11am CST​

Location

Live Online

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What to expect

WHAT TO EXPECT

Facilitators lead and guide teams through important virtual and in-person 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

Deepen your knowledge on how to facilitate meetings that matter and connect with other facilitation and meeting practitioners. We’ll kick off the summit with 2 days of workshops where you will get hands-on practice of in-demand facilitation techniques. On Wednesday, February 2nd, we’ll have a full day of lightning talks, mini-workshops, and networking from expert facilitators sharing methods & activities.

How You'll Learn

This year's theme is Shifts–how we as facilitators can help organizations and teams smoothly navigate through continuous growth, change, and transformation, in any capacity. From the tiny moment-to-moment shifts that are required of us to adapt to circumstances in a meeting or workshop, to large shifts like adjusting to hybridity, we must be equipped with agile techniques to stay on our toes and lead with eloquence.

Agenda

Deep Work Session 1

Welcome - Networking

Deep Work Session 2

Intro to Speaker Session

Deep Work Session 3

Hybrid Design Experience

Deep Work Session 4

Q & A + Giveaways

Who Should Attend

Professional Facilitators

Who want to hone their virtual facilitation craft.

Scrum Masters

Seeking to improve virtual planning, grooming, and retro sessions.

Design Thinkers

Looking to add new tools and concepts to your virtual tool belt .

Leaders

Coming to the realization that facilitated leadership in the virtual landscape is the future.

Key Takeaways

Introduction to all 18 summit speakers.

More insight on the conference theme.

Highlights on each session.

Details on the hybrid conference design.

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Douglas Ferguson

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is Founder and President of Voltage Control, an Austin-based facilitation agency that specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.

Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Workshops, Team Alignment Workshops, Transformations, Meeting Systems, and Culture Workshops. He is also the author of three books: Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything (co-authored), and Start Within (co-authored).

Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world.

Erik Skogsberg

Erik believes that a deep empathy and caring, rooted in human-centered design, systems thinking, and futures thinking best supports partners in finding their solutions. Erik is passionate about supporting clients imagining innovative approaches to complex organizational challenges.

​Trained as an educator, designer, researcher, and change agent, he brings significant teaching, design, mentoring, professional learning and development, organizational change, and research experiences from across secondary, higher education, non-profit, and industry contexts. Whether working with individuals, teams, or organizations, he helps people design lasting growth and innovation. Prior to working with Voltage Control, he co-founded Michigan State University’s Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, an internal design consultancy focused on learning experience design, innovation, and organizational transformation.

He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education.
What People Are Saying

"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."

Savannah C.

PRODUCT DESIGNER @ TAILWIND

Apply for a Diversity Scholarship

A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.

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Please note that photographs, video & audio recordings will be taken throughout this event. These will be used by Voltage Control for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media, or in any third-party publication. Please contact us via email if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.​

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