Facilitation Summit at a Glance
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December 16, 2021
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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.
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
Who want to hone their virtual facilitation craft.
Seeking to improve virtual planning, grooming, and retro sessions.
Looking to add new tools and concepts to your virtual tool belt .
Coming to the realization that facilitated leadership in the virtual landscape is the future.
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 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.
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
"Anyone that can construct a sequence of conversations to lead others is a metaskill. Anyone who participates in meetings or owns an agenda would benefit from this. It is a whirlwind, but you are among others who are in charge of making an impact. This is a practical, hands-on deep dive for managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who can change their culture by leading meetings like a pro."
"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."
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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