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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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Next Event


Not Your Grandma's Webinar: Making Online Workshops Interactive

December 16th, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC


Have you ever sat through a boring webinar with a talking head and PowerPoint slides? Did you find yourself checking email or Facebook rather than listening?  If you want to share your ideas and hear what other facilitators have done to make facilitated online workshops interactive and engaging, this is the workshop for you!



During this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify the challenges and opportunities posed by an online environment.
  • Understand the things that must be addressed during workshop design and planning to enable the event to be an interactive online workshop rather than a boring webinar.
  • Explore strategies for engaging participants before the workshop to set expectations and begin the interaction prior to workshop itself.
  • Develop/learn strategies and techniques to keep participants from getting bored, multi-tasking and disengaging during the workshop.
  • Develop/learn strategies and techniques to enable dialog, gather input, obtain feedback, evaluate information and make decisions during an online workshop.
  • Explore strategies for continuing to engage participants after the online session.

This workshop will not focus on the tools and technologies used for online events. Instead we will explore how the facilitator can design the session to take advantage of tool features and overcome technology limitations to provide a great experience for participants and achieve the workshop objectives. You will leave with a simple framework for designing the online experience to grab participants and keep them engaged throughout the workshop.


About Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts, CMC, PMP, CPF is the President of Catoctin Consulting, LLC. She works with leaders who need to make significant changes and accelerate achievement of mission results.  Becky has over 25 years of experience using facilitation and creative participatory processes to help government, associations and nonprofits achieve organizational change and business results through program management, strategic planning, performance measurement, process reengineering, change management, stakeholder engagement and enabling technology. In 2013, Becky was awarded the Gold Facilitation Impact Award by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for work she and a colleague did with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA).


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Upcoming Events

12/16/2016 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
01/27/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
02/24/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
03/31/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

Find-A-Facilitator

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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