The Secrets of Facilitation: Take a Facilitative Approach in Your Organization

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Uncover 10 principles from the facilitator's methodology to guide groups to successful outcomes.

Your role requires you to harness your ability to properly scope your employee's needs while mitigating dysfunction among clashing business units. How do you inspire engagement and commitment? How do you facilitate change where it matters? Certified Master Facilitator Michael Wilkinson will introduce you to a methodology that works. As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Use key facilitation strategies to guide groups as well as improve their sessions and interactions.
  • Gain higher levels of buy-in and commitment to action.
  • Differentiate the three reasons people disagree and strategies for resolving disagreement.
  • Implement the secret way to phrasing questions that elicits responses your group needs.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Michael Wilkinson


Mr. Wilkinson is the Managing Director of Leadership Strategies, Inc. - a leadership training and strategy consulting firm specializing in group facilitation. He is considered a national leader in the facilitation industry.
• Author of The Secrets of Facilitation and The Secrets to Masterful Meetings.
• Board member of the International Institute for Facilitation.
• Founder of the FindaFacilitator database.
• One of the first five Certified Master Facilitators in North America.
• Named Facilitator of the Year in 2003 by the Southeast Association of Facilitators.

Active in both the private and public sectors, he has provided leadership training and strategy development assistance to such diverse organizations as The Coca-Cola Company, Unisys, Sears, EPA, CDC, KPMG Peat Marwick, and the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Wilkinson is a much sought after facilitator, trainer and speaker, both in the U.S. and around the globe. He has completed international assignments in Bangkok, Brisbane, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Milan, Singapore, Sydney and Wellington. Past participants have commented that his dynamic presentation style, combined with his unique insights, make for an intense, power-packed session.
Prior to Leadership Strategies, Mr. Wilkinson spent six years with ADP and eight years in the information technology practice of Ernst & Young's Manage¬ment Consulting Group. He is a High Honors graduate from Dartmouth and resides with his wife and two children in Atlanta.

Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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