Meetings That Rock


  • What:  A virtual, in-person, or self paced eLearning workshop on running effective and engaging meetings. We regularly customize this course for organizations. Call or email us for details.
  • For:  Anyone running meetings including facilitators, team leaders, adult educators, coaches, mediators and organizational development consultants
  • Why: You are tired of meetings that waste your and other’s time
  • Coaching:  Includes one 1:1 coaching session of 0.5 hour with Barbara to ensure you can easily apply your new skills. The focus of the coaching call is on translating the learning back to your workplace through:

1. Discussing  facilitation challenges that you may face in your specific work scenario.
2. Advising on specific meeting facilitation design/stakeholder engagement strategy.



Week 1: Participation – how do you ensure that everyone is engaged and participates?
Week 2: Design – how do you craft an agenda that flows and gets the work done?
Week 3: Dialogue – how do you conduct productive discussions that avoid monologues?
Week 4: Consensus – how do you help a group gain lasting agreement quickly?
Week 5: Creativity/Brainstorming – what are creative techniques to generate bold, new ideas?
Week 6: Decisions – how do you achieve action, buy-in and lasting results?; Group coaching week.

Course Objectives

  • Learn how to lead meetings that encourage focused, friendly, full participation!
  • Experience a positive shift to resilient and happy teams that use meeting time well.
  • Design meetings that have a positive and focused “look and feel” AND result!
  • Know how to make every important meeting discussion a naturally flowing one.
  • Know what questions to ask that encourage people’s honest and best thinking in difficult conversations.
  • Generate tremendous momentum and trust in the group and with you.
  • Experience 3 practical consensus-building tools.
  • Learn amazingly simple ways to get people to action and decision.

Explore the Top 6 Competencies
Required by Any Meeting Leader

Course Format

  • Six weekly virtual sessions.
  • PDF workbooks, repeatable templates & audio/video available for 12 months on password protected resource page.
  • Multiple hands on videos to demonstrate specific meeting tools and concepts.
  • Activate multiple learning intelligences with audio, visual, materials, discussions, personal reflections, and lots of fun.
  • Balance individual, small group, and whole group experiences.

Virtual Course

  • Although this course does not teach online facilitation, you will see and hear us us model many different ways to facilitate virtual meetings. We will use online technology to teach the same Meetings That Rock that is taught in a face-to-face course.
  • We will be using Adobe Connect.  This allows us to break into small groups for practice sessions, draw on the white board, listen to music, enter your comments via chatbox and do almost everything that you do in an in-person facilitated session.
  • You will need to participate in an hour-long introduction session before the course begins 1 week prior to the course (March 9 at 4:00 p.m. PST or March 17 at 8:00 a.m. PDT) to become familiar with the technology. The introduction session will familiarize you with the technology; so the course time can be used to the best advantage for everyone.
  • Please ensure a quiet location and keep microphone muted except when you talk.
  • High-speed internet access will enhance your learning.
  • You must have a USB computer headset with a microphone. We will give you examples of what you can buy or borrow.
  • The most recent version of Flash (free) running on your computer.
  • Access to tech support may be helpful.
  • Please use any browser (e.g. Safari, Firefox, IE)
  • Use of mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets can be used, however some of your visuals may be compromised.

What You Get

  • Over 200 pages in six attractive PDF workbooks with color diagrams, photos and helpful exercises that explain specific techniques to use in everyday meetings. (Value $160)
  • 12 hours of live interaction with 1 highly qualified facilitator guide. (Value $1000)
  • Optional individual coaching (1x). (Value $100)
  • 12 month access to password protected Resource page packed with inspiring tools, quotes, videos, recordings & templates to use over and over again. (Priceless)
  • Total Value – thousands of dollars in saved meeting time!
  • Supplemental Videos

    • Each week’s lesson will also include hands-on guided videos such as this:

    MTR1_Engagement MTR2_DesigningProductiveMeetings MTR3_LeadingFocusedDiscussions
    MTR4_GuidetoConsensus FacilitatorCreativity MTR6_DecisionandAction

    Cannot make the live virtual sessions due to timing?
    Consider joining us in this way:

    • You watch and listen to the virtual recorded sessions as they become available within 48 hours of each workshop and take in what we learned – includes all the dialogue, chats, slides etc. You keep notes and do the same exercises along with us as you watch.
    • Send us your exercises and questions for feedback by one of our facilitator coaches. We’ll include feedback on your question(s) in the next class in this series!
    • Attend your private coaching session at a time that works for you.
    • Access our password protected site with new audio-visual resources added each week.
    • Schedule an individual phone, Skype or Google Hangout coaching session with us to ask customized questions within six months of the course completion date.
    • Same great price as the regular live virtual AND you receive one additional hour of customized coaching outside of the class.


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    If you’re tired of meetings that waste your time and other’s…

    This course will take your meetings to a whole new level!

     Your Workshop Guide

    Barbara MacKay, CPF®, CTF®, MS has been facilitating since 1981. She is a dual citizen, having spent most of her life in Canada and then 10 years ago, immigrated to Northwest USA. She founded her facilitation business in 1995. She has designed and led thousands of facilitated meetings, conferences and workshops all over the world. Barbara is also a certified assessor with the International Association of Facilitators and with the USA Technology of Participation (ToP®) Group.  She has certified facilitators from five continents. Barbara offers multiple courses in facilitation skills and has spent the last 20 years researching and practicing a variety of tools and approaches. She blogs extensively about facilitation on her website and has published over 45 lengthy articles on facilitation skills. Her core work is based in the Technology of Participation (ToP®) approach and this is supplemented with a rich infusion of accelerated learning techniques (the neuroscience of learning), cross cultural and non-violent communication methodologies.

    Barbara has a playful sense of humor and has been described as having a calm, wise, authentic presence. Barbara has been a presenter at the International Association of Facilitators’ (IAF) conferences for the last 10-12 years in North America, 1-2 times each in Europe, Asia  and Australia.  She is currently mentoring many younger and diverse colleagues in North America and Asia.  She is passionate about diversifying and globalizing facilitation competency.  Barbara has a strong meditation and yoga practice and in her spare time gardens, has global colleagues over to her house, and thinks about facilitation!  Learn more about Barbara at


    Course Refund Policy

    Partial refunds (less 25% admin fee) are offered to those withdrawing prior to the first course start date. If you are not satisfied with the course content or experience however, please let us know by March 24th and we will refund 75% of your fee. No refunds are offered after March 25th.  We encourage you to access all course material on this password protected resource page. This will be available until March 2017. If a participant has an unusual circumstance and must discontinue, our first suggestion is to access the recordings and/or join us for missed live virtual workshops when we next offer the course. We can always make exceptions for compassionate reasons. :)

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