Professional Development Information

Facilitation Skills: Getting the Most Out of Group Discussions

Scheduled Date(s)

December 5, 2019 - December 6, 2019

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$860 + HST

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Facilitation Skills: Getting the Most Out of Group Discussions
A skilled facilitator enables a group to think, share, and analyze in the search for optimum solutions and consensus. Learn how to draw out and process input from the group to move discussions and ideas forward.
Facilitation Skills Training, Professional Development, Group Discussion Training,

Learn how to draw out and process input from a group to move discussions and ideas forward.

Facilitation Skills teaches participants how to facilitate goal-oriented meetings and discussions through planning, collaboration and consensus.   The seminar teaches meeting management techniques (timekeeping, following an agreed-upon agenda, and keeping a clear record).  It also teaches participants how to lead group discussions by using effective listening skills and paraphrasing, guiding the conversation, and balancing group participation.  The highly interactive seminar is limited to twelve participants to maximize learning and classroom participation. 



For Individuals

  • Strengthen facilitation skills
  • Learn practical facilitation tools and strategies
  • Understand how to effectively manage information flow and achieve results
  • Build professional image
  • Learn from the experiences of other participants
  • Improve organizational effectiveness
  • Practice facilitation and receive immediate evaluation

For Organizations

  • Introduce strategies to help improve employee productivity and communications
  • Build an effective and confident team of facilitators and decision makers
  • Encourage more focused, productive discussions
  • Use effective meeting management techniques to help achieve organizational goals

Who Should Attend

Managers, supervisors, team leaders, and professionals who want to improve their effectiveness in managing and facilitating group discussion sessions.


Improve your meeting management and facilitation skills through professional development in:

  • Understanding the difference between a facilitator and trainer role
  • Understanding the facilitation process:  before, during, and after
  • Recognizing the importance of varied communication and learning styles
  • Developing techniques to ensure meaningful contribution occurs
  • Learning how to use feedback techniques
  • Identifying common facilitation challenges and techniques to overcome them

Continuing Education Contact Hours: 14


Lynn Morrissey

Lynn Morrissey has over 25 years' experience as a facilitator, consultant, and educator.  She has taught academic courses in communications, organizational behaviour, and human resources, at the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University. She has received many awards for her contributions including the Dean’s Teaching Award, the Dean’s Service Award, the Dean’s Citizenship Award, the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and most recently the Queen`s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Lynn has a long-standing relationship with Gardiner Centre, instructing professional development seminars that focus on various fields of workplace communications and facilitation skills. Lynn's industry experience includes writing training and development strategies, developing training plans, leading performance development processes, conducting communications reviews, facilitating strategy sessions, and executive coaching.

In her 'spare time' Lynn is also Faculty Advisor for Enactus (formerly SIFE) Memorial, an international student organization focusing on enhancing entrepreneurial skills and community development.  Under Lynn's mentorship, the Enactus Memorial team has consistently achieved top awards and accolades at both the national and international levels. In 2007 Lynn was awarded the John Dobson Faculty Advisor of the Year in Canada for her work with her Enactus team.


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Gardiner Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000