Over the past ten months, my Steele Strategies colleagues and I have learned a lot about facilitating in a virtual space. Like many of you, we were thrown into a strictly online world without much time to figure out how to adapt our style from in-person to remote engagement. To do our work in culture and change, we rely on connecting with people deeply, building trust, community, and dialogue among groups, and acknowledging the personal, human realities people bring with them to work. We realized we were in for a challenge as we transitioned to facilitating discussions virtually but little by little we figured out the tips and tricks to do it well, from managing discussions in crowded zoom rooms and supporting participants juggling a lot at home to the ins and outs of helpful platform features such as breakout rooms and whiteboards.
We are excited to share what we learned by launching our first ever Virtual Facilitation class. Steele has partnered with the International Institute for Facilitation (INIFAC) to prepare anyone who facilitates groups, dialogues, classes, meetings, and more to learn critical skills AND prepare to take their Certified Virtual Facilitator (CVF) exam. Passing this exam leads to a certification that shows to others that participants have passed rigorous and tested standards to facilitate effective virtual meetings.
Check out the Eventbrite page to enroll and learn more. The class is a two-hour session, and enrollment includes the cost of the CVF exam. Participants may choose a 3 PM (EST) class on February 17th or an 8 AM (EST) class on February 18th. We hope to see you there!