FULL! Fearless Facilitation (encore)

Presented by: 
Charles Holmes
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 North West Marine Drive at West Mall
Part of the "Meet Like This" Series

Program Summary

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.


This program is designed to be useful for members who regularly facilitate meetings as well as for those would like to develop this skill. This session is HIGHLY participatory and involves pre-work and group work.


  • 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

Session Content

  • 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

About the Series

“Meeting Like This” is a two-part series that looks at how we set-up and facilitate meetings for more productive outcomes “Introduction to Meeting Design” focuses on designing meetings that help ensure work gets done, everyone is engaged and respected, the meeting is energizing vs. energy sapping and time is valued not wasted. “Fearless Facilitation” is a hands-on practical workshop that focuses on providing insights, skills and practices that help designated meeting facilitators as well as participants to keep meetings focused, productive and on track.

About Your Facilitator

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.

Event Details

Fearless Facilitation
Presented by Charles Holmes
Friday, March 23, 2018

Building: Liu Institute for Global Issues
Address:  6476 North West Marine Drive at West Mall [MAP]
Room: Multi-purpose room


This session is FULL and members are no longer being added to the waitlist.  Please consider joining the waitlist for the session at Point Grey on March 29 or joining the session at Robson Square on March 28.

All registered participants will receive a confirmation email. The AAPS PD Program is exclusively for members of AAPS.

Cancellations: Please remember all events are costly to set up, even those which are offered at no charge. If you do not anticipate attending the session to registered for, please cancel in a timely manner by emailing aaps.pd@ubc.ca. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the AAPS PD Program.

Photography: Please be advised that photos may be taken at this event for use in AAPS communications materials