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Facilitation Skills Courses

Note: To attend courses, you must be registered online prior to the course start date.

Acquire skills needed to enable people to work together in constructive and productive ways, learning from professional facilitators and from each other. This two-day course uses Sam Kaner's Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making to help you increase participation in group discussions and decisions. The course is appropriate for any public-sector employee who is called upon to facilitate meetings. Both novice and experienced facilitators will benefit from the course.

You will learn to:

  • Design, conduct, and evaluate effective meetings;
  • Establish ground rules for successful meetings;
  • Apply group processes and frameworks for managing change and making decisions;
  • Organize the flow of topics so that meetings have a beginning, middle, and end;
  • Plan pre- and postmeeting practices that increase the likelihood of success for your group;
  • Use technology to enhance meeting productivity and connections;
  • Identify appropriate approaches to difficult situations;
  • Use basic skills, such as flip chart writing, brainstorming, listening, open discussion, and decision-making; and
  • Identify your own facilitation style and build confidence with leading meetings.

Cost: $750 two days (includes book and materials)

Upcoming Classes

February 25–26, 2020
  • Time: 8:30 AM4:30 PM
  • Location: Lady Slipper Room, Centennial Office Building
  • Address: 658 Cedar Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
  • Parking Directions: Parking is available in Lot Q on a limited basis, using the numbered parking stalls. It's located at Cedar Street and Sherburne Avenue. You may purchase a parking tag by using the parking pay station. The cost is $8.00 per day and the machine accepts credit cards and cash or coins. Additional options for parking are in Lot AA, or the Orange Ramp at Centennial Office Building. There are no in-and-out privileges when you park in any of these lots. For more information regarding parking, you may call 651-201-2307. A map of the Capitol Complex and parking locations can be found at this link: If you have questions, contact MAD at 651-259-3800 or via email at

Register for this class on the state's Self Service Portal (under the "Learning" tab).

Contact Maggie Hoff at 651-259-3800 or Maggie Hoff for more information about the course.

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