Meetings That Rock



  • What:  A virtual, in-person, or self paced eLearning workshop on running effective and engaging meetings
  • 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 others time
  • Cost: $695 per person
  • When: Next 6 week virtual series starts February 2015!

    –> Portland: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Friday (Feb 27, Mar 6, 13 (No class), 20, 27, Apr 3, 10)
    –> HK/Singapore 9:30-11:00 a.m. Saturday (Feb 28, March 7, 14 (No class), 21, 28, April 4, 11)
    –> Japan 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Saturday (Feb 28, March 7, 14 (No class), 21, 28, April 4, 11)

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    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 consecutive virtual weekly sessions (with one week off for practice) or 2 days as an in-house course.
    • PDF workbook, repeatable templates & audio/video available for 6 months on password protected resource page.
    • 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 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) but NOT Google Chrome (Adobe Connect audio sometimes affected when using Chrome).
    • 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 150 pages in six attractive 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 2 highly qualified facilitator guides. (Value $800)
    • Two focused 60 minute group coaching sessions;Individual coaching via email (up to 2x). (Value $300)
    • 6 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!
    • Your Price – only $695!

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    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.

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    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 24 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 our group coaching sessions when you can or watch the recording of these sessions.
    • Access our group chat site with everyone else and share your experiences with everyone else.
    • 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 additional 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!


    Here’s What You Get…


    Not sure yet?
    Try our Meetings That Rock taster for only $39.95

    This option gives you three 1 hour webinar recordings (Note: these were done last year and include a small amount of promotional material related to last year’s full course), PowerPoint handouts, and other helpful resources.  After purchase, you will be provided a URL link and password to access these materials.  Below are the three topics covered:

    Is everyone contributing in meetings? Three key steps to do so.
    More and more we are finding out through the neuroscience of learning how people best participate in group settings.  In this webinar, we’ll learn three things the meeting facilitator systematically can do to guarantee meaningful contributions from every attendee.  We’ll share simple steps to ensure your participants consistently attend meetings and willingly offer their unique knowledge and skills.  When all your meetings are run with these three things in mind, you will begin to see a positive shift to a more resilient, productive and happier workforce.

    Are your meetings filled with monologues or dialogues?
    How to change the former into the latter.
    Why do some people never participate in discussions? Why do others think they are the only ones with something to say? :) Sometimes we despair that our meeting dynamics will never change. Yet they can with some simple adjustments. In this webinar, we’ll explore how to 1) start preparing leaders and other attendees for a different (i.e., interactive) dynamic even before the meeting begins 2) use helpful questions and statements to interrupt monologues during the meeting and 3) create a collaborative tone and expectation for future meetings.

    So what decisions did we just make?!  Moving from ideas to action.
    So many of us complain at the end of a meeting  – “that was a total waste of my time! I have no  idea what I am supposed to do.” In this webinar, we’ll learn a three part framework to apply to action items that come up in your meetings.  Explore an easy way to make all decisions and actions visible and accountable.  When you consistently use these decision making tools in your meetings, you will observe much greater accountability, clarity and motivation to do the work  after the meeting.


    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, Europe, hopefully Asia this year, 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. No refunds are offered after the 2nd course on May 13th.  We encourage you to continue to access all course material on this password protected resource page. This will be available until the end of the year 2014. 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.