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MAFN is a community of professionals dedicated to advancing excellence in facilitation. Supporting facilitators in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and around the globe, MAFN...


  • Provides resources, knowledge, and encouragement for individuals to grow their facilitation skills and confidence;
  • Promotes the value of facilitation to business, government, and non-profit leaders; and
  • Develops facilitation opportunities by identifying and sharing projects for and among our members.  

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Be part of our dynamic community and connect with others who share the same passion and interest in facilitation. Learn with us, find new business opportunities, and advance yourself and the field of facilitation.


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Leveraging the Power of Storytelling

October 28th, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC

Storytelling is a critical life skill. Why?

  • Stories work. 
  • Stories connect. 
  • Stories are remembered. 
In meetings, stories maintain participants’ attention, accelerate learning & consensus-building, and can raise the creativity level of facilitated sessions.

In this highly energetic workshop, you will:
  • Accelerate your own communication effectiveness.
  • Understand the value & principles of storytelling and metaphors, and their impact on participation, attention, learning & understanding
  • Learn and apply techniques that enhance participation, attention, and learning with students, as well as enhance engagement, collaboration, and buy-in with meeting participants.
  • Improve your story telling, delivery, and impact.
  • Learn how to help others create their own story.   
About Bill Olsen

Bill Olsen is a recovering Naval Officer.  He became badly infected by imagineers, creativity gurus and innovation wizards.  Applying that, he led his program to win the “Silver Hammer Award” for reinventing government and then guided five other DOD programs to win Silver Hammers.  Sharing that, his training became “the most popular electives in the university’s history.”  Since then he became a co-founder of MAFN, a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and business owner.  Now he facilitates, trains and guides teams to uncork their creativity, for impactful results. He has guided organizations to increase performance, triple their market share, achieve 25 yr. Visions, 5 yr. Goals & 3 yr. Milestones in under 9 months, save billions of dollars, develop breakthrough technologies, change the law, and create award-winning teams.  He is a well-honed facilitator, trainer and speaker with a reputation for delivering dynamic sessions, tangible outcomes and strong consensus.  He integrates purpose, processes and participants into workshops that are creative and interactive, while also being practical. Okay, they’re fun!  Having supported clients in 21 countries and 33 US states to date, Bill Olsen is consistently featured in the global FindAFacilitator.com data base.  His mission is clear… to accelerate yours. 

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Register Now for the 2016-17 Series!


Register for the whole series of 10 DC workshops and save!


By registering for the series, you have a guaranteed place in every workshop.  And you will save from 25% or more of the cost of registering for individual events.

Early-Bird discounts for Members are available until September 9.

Upcoming Events

10/28/2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
11/16/2016 8:30 AM (EST) • GAO Building, 7th Floor Training Center, 441 G Street, NW, Washington DC
11/18/2016 8:30 AM (EST) • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
12/16/2016 8:30 AM (EST) • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9


Are you looking for a facilitator for an upcoming meeting or retreat? Do you need a neutral person to conduct your meeting, guiding the group to productive outcomes?

MAFN runs the Find-A-Facilitator Service, the only service of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Browse through the facilitators in our database, many of whom are based in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. All are members of MAFN and are committed to the highest professional standards in professional facilitation.

Facilitators who have the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation have met and maintained the high standards in professional group facilitation set by the International Association of Facilitators and meet or exceed the Competencies required of professional facilitators.

Coming Soon: search the Find-A-Facilitator database to identify facilitators with specific skills and experience.

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