Okanagan: Fearless Facilitation

Presented by: 
Charles Holmes
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:00am
Okanagan Campus
Arts Building, Room 202
Focus Areas: Leadership, Team Dynamics, Strategy, Interpersonal Skills


How many hours have you spent in meetings that simply did not engage people? Designed for experienced managers and team leaders, this workshop provides practice and guidance in the art of effective facilitation. You will learn how to help any group think and work more productively together, to build community and accomplish results. You will gain hands-on experience facilitating various exercises and receive feedback on your facilitation skills.


  • Facilitate dialogues that build trust and commitment
  • Keep group discussions on a focused and productive track
  • Identify and overcome barriers to participation
  • Encourage people to contribute their knowledge and ideas
  • Employ key decision-making techniques
  • Assess and manage the effectiveness of meetings
  • Increase accountability for ongoing results
  • Foster a collaborative environment


  • Engaging participation: managing dynamics within a group, techniques for large and small group interaction, creating the right meeting context
  • Facilitating effective decision making: increasing accountability, best practices for effective decision making, conditions for building consensus
  • Leading productive meetings: matching the meeting type to the desired result, creating agendas that lead to the right outcomes, action planning that gets results
  • Fostering constructive conflict: identifying sources of conflict, encouraging constructive conflict
  • Facing challenges in facilitation: initiating risky conversations, responding to silence and interruptions, generating trust and commitment rather than compliance


While introductory in nature, this program is designed to be useful for members who regularly facilitate meetings as well as for those who would like to develop this skill. This session is HIGHLY participatory and involves pre-work and group work. Please come prepared to be actively involved. Not sure if this session is right for you? Please contact sarah.muff@ubc.ca.


“Really appreciated that the facilitator demonstrated and role modeled many of the techniques he was teaching about. That enhanced the learning.”

“It was excellent. Charles is an excellent speaker, and I felt like his advice and suggestions were relevant and able to be applied to my office. I liked that he didn't give strict "rules" and he noted that different situations called for different approaches.”


Charles Holmes is a skilled facilitator and educator whose 25 years of experience has honed a passion for creating meaningful dialogue among groups whose diverse opinions would otherwise work against a common understanding of desired outcomes. Charles has facilitated projects with clients from health care to forestry and mining, software and pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions and utility firms, government and not-for-profit sectors. The meetings he has designed and facilitated have focused on innovation, conflict resolution, community engagement, long-range scenario planning and hundreds of strategic planning sessions and other team and group engagements. He has worked with multi-national corporations in many settings throughout North America, Mexico, Asia, Europe, and Saudi Arabia. Charles is also a co-founder of the Academy for Systemic Change, a collection of global thought-leaders committed to advancing the capacity for awareness-based systemic change worldwide. They are deeply involved in developing living examples of biological, social, spiritual and economic well-being.


Fearless Facilitation
Presented by Charles Holmes
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Okanagan Campus
Building: Arts Building
Room: 202


If you are interest in attending this session. Please contact Sarah directly at sarah.muff@ubc.ca.

A confirmation or notice of a wait list from AAPS PD will be emailed to you within a couple of days. Please review the email carefully.

Kindly remember that the AAPS PD Program is available to members of AAPS only. Please note that photos and video may be recorded during this session for use in AAPS communications material.