FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills

taught by Gary Rush

Course description

“Our classes will give you the skills to work with a group of people to produce better ideas.”

How significant is the value of Facilitation? A Collaboration Revolution is coming and you need to be ready with the needed critical skills for success: self-awareness, teambuilding and trust, communication skills, critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, and collaborative solutions – facilitation skills in business and in life. As we move towards an era when outsourcing is commonplace, co-creating, co-working, and the gig economy increases, these skills become more critical. The ability to bring people together and accomplish good work – group facilitation skills – is a skill-set that cannot be outsourced and is transferrable from one role or business to another. Increasingly, these skills are being included as core competencies in many job roles because people develop better ideas that benefit the greater whole. These are the most important skills to develop in the 21st Century.

My FoCuSeD™ Facilitation technique is a unique approach to structured facilitation and the state-of-the-art in structured facilitation methodology. Until FoCuSeD™, facilitation techniques have been either about "process" or "people" skills. FoCuSeD™ contains a unique concept for developing structured agendas with an understanding of the two parallel developments occurring, "the workshop/meeting process and the emotional group cycle", that must be holistically planned to achieve collaborative useful solutions – the ultimate structured facilitation technique.

My FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills online class is self-paced learning. This class covers skills that supplement your job skills. I provide you with detailed people tools to ensure collaborative useful solutions and I give you effective leadership, business, and interpersonal skills that build your confidence and enhance your ability to be successful. Students also receive a PDF version of FoCuSeD™ Introductory Facilitation Skills book and a digital class Certificate of Completion. This sets the foundation for your group facilitation skills. I cover:

  • What is facilitation and when is it used.
  • What do facilitators do?
  • “How to” present yourself effectively.
  • “How to” actively listen.
  • “How to” ask effective questions.
  • “How to” improve your communication.

For additional information – online course description

Gary Rush
Gary Rush

"Gary Rush, IAF CPF leader in structured facilitation | Facilitator trainer, teaches you not only "how to"; he also teaches you to understand the "why" so that you can perform effectively."

Gary Rush, IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF), is Founder & CEO of MG Rush Systems now named MGR Consulting. Since 1985 he has been a leading Group Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer. He is the only person, still working, to create his own facilitation techniques - FAST revolutionizing it with FoCuSeD™ - a unique approach to structured facilitation transforming the facilitation industry. He has trained thousands of people from more than 18 countries, and has delivered his structured facilitation class in 8 countries within North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. His students have gone on to become CEOs and CIOs, crediting their success to the people and process skills gained in his facilitator training classes. He has written numerous "how to" books covering facilitation, collaborative leadership, strategic planning, data modeling, etc. During a hiatus from consulting, Gary owned and was "Chef" of a highly acclaimed restaurant in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico - MG Rush dba Miracles Restaurant.

Gary has facilitated significant workshops including the first strategic plan for the combined EDS/GM organization. He also facilitated the Star Alliance workshop that resulted in identifying in-flight WiFi as a product offering. Gary is an IAF CPF Assessor and former IAF Chair. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and holds a BS in English Literature.

"He is a recognized leader in the field of Structured Facilitation , Facilitator Training, and Collaborative Leadership, and continuous to be the leading edge in the industry by continuing as a practicing Facilitator."

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Gary Rush, IAF CPF

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Course Curriculum

Lesson 1 - Roles
Lesson 2 - Preparation
Lesson 3 - The Workshop
Lesson 4 - Follow Up & Brainteasers
Lesson 5 - Foundational Skills
Lesson 6 - Communication Skills