Teaches versatile, powerful techniques for structuring effective group conversations and finding group consensus - 2 day course

How do you facilitate effective meetings, meaningful group conversations and productive decision-making?


This course teaches methods that can be used to make meetings more effective, engage groups to develop creative solutions and to help groups find consensus. It provides a structured introduction to two powerful Technology of Participation (ToP) methods; the Focused Conversation and the Consensus Workshop.


A course for those who want to be confident and effective facilitators

The Group Facilitation Methods course teaches participants how to help groups understand their shared goals and plan for them.  It suits all levels of experience including team managers, community and voluntary support workers, independent facilitators, community activists and group leaders of any kind.

This course is accredited by the Institute of the Leadership and Management. It is our most popular course and the pre-requisite for some of our more advanced courses.


"An excellent programme - among the best value-for money programmes I have attended in my career of over 20 years" - John Burns, Organisational Analysis, in a testimonial letter (pdf).


"One of the challenges we have is how best to support Fellows who want to work with each other to turn their ideas into projects and practical initiatives. It’s really helpful to see (and try out) some different approaches that we can pass on" - Sam Thomas, RSA Networks Manager


What you will gain

By the end of the course, you will

  • be able to identify when and how to use the Focused Conversation and Consensus Workshop methods
  • have gained confidence in the use of these methods
  • have recognised and explored elements of participation, creativity, teamwork and action
  • have built links with others to promote future collaboration and support in the use of the methods
  • be eligible for an ILM Development Award

Learning style

The course presents the two methods in a practical and participatory way. Each method is first demonstrated, then analysed and discussed, and then practiced in supportive small groups with guided reflection & feedback. Finally, participants plan how they will apply each method in their own situations.

Participants will develop their skills, share experiences and gain an in-depth understanding of the principles behind the methods.

Download a course overview (PDF) or Book your place now.

What do participants say about this course?

93% of GFM participants rated the course 8/10 or higher.

Comments from participants’ end-of-course evaluations included:

  • brilliant - a must-do if you want better, more effective meetings
  • provides two practical, easy-to-use methods to discover deep insights from diverse groups - useful tools for any group, organisation or community
  • benefits for experienced facilitator and novice alike
  • worth every penny – excellent content & great presentation

Please visit our course calendar to see upcoming dates and locations for this course and make a booking.  Alternatively contact us to enquire about a tailored in-house course for your organisation.

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