Planning for Highly Effective Meetings

For Executives, Facilitators, Consultants, Managers, Team Leaders, HR and OD specialists

This highly interactive, experiential workshop prepares the participants for leading planning meetings in organizations that intend to have highly participatory meetings such as Open Space Technology, Whole Person Process Facilitation, Appreciative Inquiry or World Café.

While all of these participatory meeting methods create powerful opportunities on their own, we find that when critical elements are attended to in the meeting preparations, you can experience:

  • richer participation through creating an invitational and life nurturing setting
  • greater idea generation by considering the best mix of people to be invited
  • deeper engagement by paying attention to adult learning needs
  • more focused results by exploring what's led up to the meeting and what the anticipated outcomes are to ensure the right theme and right meeting method are chosen

Planning for Participatory Meetings is a short online workshop offered on its own or as pre-learning for the Working with Open Space Technology and Whole Person Process Facilitation workshops.

Skill and Capacity Development

You will leave the workshop equipped with:

  • Understanding of the critical role of the planning meeting to get the right theme, givens, and length of time for the participatory meeting
  •  A practical holistic framework for conducting a planning meeting in organizations that intend to have a highly participatory meeting
  •  Working knowledge of simple to use multi-purpose tools: the Medicine Wheel Tool©, the Deep Essence Tool©, the Grief Cycle, the Organizational Lifecycle, and the Storyline for use in the planning meeting**
  • Guidance in how to set up the planning meeting with the right people, for the right length of time
    A design of a planning meeting

The tools taught are the same tools that are taught in the Achieving Organizational Health and Balance workshop, but with a different application. In the Genuine Contact program, we use the same tools for multiple purposes and applications. The tools are easy to learn and the various applications of the same tools create conditions that keep the tools simple so that the organizations can handle complex matters.

Your Facilitators

Birgitt WilliamsBirgitt Williams, Workshop Facilitator, as one of the creators of the Genuine Contact program, has skilfully facilitated the Genuine Contact program workshops since 1990 as they were being created, tested, researched for effect, and developed into what became the Genuine Contact program. Birgitt brings her unique skills in assisting people to access their full intelligence. Birgitt is passionate about assisting individuals and organizations of individuals in shifting consciousness to achieve breakthroughs.


Rachel BoltonRachel Bolton, Workshop Facilitator attended her first Open Space Technology meeting at the ripe old age of 13 and hasn't looked back since. She brings a broad international experience with meeting facilitation to this workshop as well as over 15 years of experience as a Genuine Contact Trainer. Rachel assisted in the development of the Genuine Contact Program and is passionate about creating the conditions for high creativity, productivity, and inspiration in well designed and facilitated meetings.


Join the Planning for Highly Effective Meetings Waiting List

By submitting this form, your name will be added to our waiting list for the Planning for Highly Effective Meetings workshop. You will also be added to our mailing list to receive invitations to this and other upcoming workshops. Each of our workshops is generally offered 1-2 times per year and are available online or at select locations around the world. We will contact you as soon as a Planning for Highly Effective Meetings workshop is scheduled. If you are interested in learning about sponsoring a workshop in your community, please contact us for details.



Supporting Learning in Teams and Groups

At Dalar, we are big believers in whole teams and groups learning together. To support group learning, we are pleased to offer the following team discounts:

  • 20% off for 3-5 participants
  • 40% off for 6-10
  • groups of 11+ to be determined based on groups size

Project, intact, cross-functional, and leadership teams, small organizations, boards, and volunteer groups are some examples of the kinds of groups eligible for these discounts. Contact Rachel Bolton for registration details.

This offer is applicable to Early Bird and Regular Rates of registration. It cannot be combined with any other discounts available (i.e Genuine Contact Organization member discounts).

This is a Genuine Contact Way Workshop

Birgitt Williams, Ward Williams and Rachel Bolton of the Dalar team have created these Genuine Contact Way learning modules with a focus on creating and nourishing a culture of leadership in organizations. We believe that when a culture of leadership exists in an organization, productivity increases, employees work both more effectively and with greater satisfaction on their own and in teams, and the organization thrives. Every Genuine Contact Way module provides participants with a complete skill and knowledge set that is beneficial used on its own. Every module is also designed to be part of a multi-purpose blended approach for leadership and organizational development. You may find added benefit to take this module in conjunction with other Genuine Contact Way modules as well as modules of the Genuine Contact ProgramContact us to find out what the right ‘bundle’ is to meet your unique leadership and organizational development and business goals.

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