September 28, 2023
1:30PM - 3:00PM EDT

Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills | Module 1 of 3

Enhancing your impact as an association professional

Online via CE 21

Facilitation Skills Lab - ASA 2023 Cohort Program

Designed with experienced professionals like you in mind, this series offers valuable insights into navigating group dynamics, designing effective discussions and handling unforeseen situations. Through practical assignments and collaborative peer sharing,
 you'll have the opportunity to build your facilitation skills (such as probing, bridging, synthesizing and reflective listening), while gaining confidence in your role and building your value to the organization.

You will be matched with a cohort of your association peers from across the U.S. for three highly interactive 90-minute sessions.

Over the course of the three-session series, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of how to map out a facilitation process that helps a group work through common needs, such as brainstorming, problem-solving and consensus-building.
  • Create follow-up assignments in between sessions that expose you to opportunities to practice your facilitation skills and techniques in real-life settings.
  • Share your experiences with peers to develop a richer
 learning experience.


Learning Objectives

Module 1 – Sept. 28

  1. Understand the roles a facilitator performs.
  2. Navigate the dynamics of peer relationships and staff-volunteer/leader relationships when in a facilitator role.
  3. Hone key skills in the facilitation skill set.

Module 2 – Oct. 12

Discover the basics of process design – taking a goal, need or outcome desired by a group and then designing a discussion to help them achieve it.
  2. Learn specific techniques/activities for facilitating different processes with groups, such as brainstorming, consensus-building and problem-solving

Module 3 - Oct. 26 

  1. Become more comfortable managing group dynamics and creating a productive environment for group cohesion.
  2. Sharpen your reflective listening skills.
  3. Learn how to handle unanticipated situations as a facilitator, and how you can better prepare.
  4. Set a path for your continued growth as a facilitator. 

All sessions are virtual. Registration is for the entire 3-part series; no à la carte registration available.


Content Leader: Jim DeLizia, CAE 
Jim DeLiziaJim DeLizia, CAE is the principal of DeLizia Consulting Services, a management consulting firm specializing in facilitation, design and consultation in the areas of leadership and organizational development, governance and all forms of group process, including
 planning, consensus-building and critical and creative thinking. DeLizia has been providing consultative services to non-profit professional, trade and philanthropic organizations as well as public entities for more than 25 years, and started his career as
 an association staff member.  In addition to numerous U.S.-based clients, his work has extended to supporting the development of associations internationally. DeLizia has been an active leader in his professional societies, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE), where he has served on the board of directors, authored best-selling publications and is
 a frequent presenter on facilitation, leadership, strategic planning and governance.

Brought to you by: The Alliance Learning Collective: The ALC is a collaboration between six Societies of Associations Executives/Professionals to bring high-quality educational opportunities to association professionals across the U.S. They are members
 of the Association Societies Alliance.

As a CAE Registered Provider, this program may be applied for 4.5 CEU credits.

CAE Registered Provider LogoOne of the co-sponsoring organizations is a CAE Registered Provider. The program meets the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. Every program that we offer that has been pre-approved for CAE credit will clearly identify the number of CAE credits granted for full participation. We will maintain records of your participation in accordance with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Registered Provider program, please visit As a CAE Registered Provider educational program related to the CAE exam content outline, this program may be applied for 1.5 credits toward your CAE application or renewal professional development requirements for each session. (A maximum of 4.5 credits for attending all three sessions)

Note: Applicants may use any program that meets eligibility requirements in the specific timeframe towards the exam application or renewal. There are no specific individual courses required as part of the applications – the selection of eligible education is up to the applicant based on his/her needs.

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