If you are new to this journal, I want you to know that this is the first
article I've run since its inception that has not been about some practical
tip, tool, or resource for group workers. And to all readers, I thank
you for your support and I look forward to sharing my story with you today,
around the process behind my work. So join me for a brief excursion into
the history, mission, vision, and process that has led us to a milestone
today--the launch of our new membership site, FacilitatorU.com,
home of a plethora of tools and resources, and an invitation to join us
expanding this work in a bigger way.
Just over four years ago, while working with Thomas Leonard at CoachVille.com,
I was inspired by his brilliance, energy, and passion for the community-building
potential of ezine publication and the training possibilities of virtual
universities in the coaching arena. At the same time, I had a growing
interest in group facilitation skills, and quickly realized that I could
apply these virtual training vehicles to my growing passion for training
So four years ago, I published the
first issue of the Master Facilitator Journal. Since then, the
journal has been my weekly beacon. It's unceasing hunger for content constitutes
an environment where I'm compelled and inspired to create a new perspective,
skill, resource, and experience that may help you, my readers, the world's
agents for change. Your responses, questions, suggestions, and feedback
ultimately keeps me doing this week after week. Your support serves as
an encouragement and an inspiration to continue learning and growing in
Your responses to my journal, coupled with my love for technology and
information led to my vision for a virtual university for leaders and
change agents. This idea seemed exciting to me and I believed in the need.
So I began building FacilitatorU.com, one virtual brick at a time.
During the past three years, we've steadily developed guidebooks, teleclasses,
interviews, forums, listserves, and other resources to form the core of
a membership offering that would be an obvious choice for those serious
about being better group leaders or participants. Given that my readers
come from diverse fields such as teaching, training, consulting, clergy,
counseling, coaching, management, and of course, facilitation, I've kept
a comprehensive focus on the kinds of content we develop. Yet I assert
that the same basic skills are needed just about anywhere people come
together to accomplish something important. I believe some of the most
important shifts are those that can be, well, "facilitated"
seems to be the best word here, by
expanding the practice of facilitation skills in business, government,
education, and communities worldwide--our mission at FacilitatorU.
Radical trends happening in our major institutions demand the mastery
of facilitation skills and attitudes to help us work together far more
effectively. This is critical to navigate the rapid change occurring right
now. We see the following shifts already happening and we are committed
to supporting you through our mission:
- In Government...from
Democracy to Cooperacy...where
someday people will use the skills we know to tap group synergy and
build consensus rather than resorting to the practice of voting to make
important societal decisions.
- In Business...from
Command and Control to Servant Leadership...where
the ego of our leaders in the most transformative institution ever devised
on this planet, the corporation, might be applied to create value in
such a way that everyone wins.
- In Education...from
Teaching to Learning Facilitation...where
students are treated as customers and teachers serve to learn and align
with student interests, desires, and real needs in such a way that inspired
learning happens naturally and joyfully.
- In Communities...from
Passive Follower to Empowered Participant...where
the public at large shift their energies from fighting each other over
who should be made responsible, to being responsible themselves and
essentially, to become the change they seek.
Granted, these shifts are huge and seem daunting,
yet, I believe they are essential and already happening to some degree.
Given that all great visions are seldom fully reached, let's let these
serve as beacons to light our way.
Knowing that you represent 7,000
readers in 94 countries, I feel in good company, and am honored to ask
you to join me
this vision forward. Join us in the launch of the FacilitatorU.com
Complete details on this membership follow. Join us to build the largest
and best virtual university for group workers worldwide. Thanks for your
continued support and for the great work you do helping to transform the
world, one group at a time!
I salute you...
Membership Launched Today!
three years building our network of 7,000 readers in 94
countries, and our growing collection of virtual products
and services, we're excited to announce the launch
of the FacilitatorU.com annual membership offering!
Discount to early subscribers
For the first three months of this launch, we're offering a highly
discounted price for each three different membership package. We're
doing this for three reasons:
1) We seek to build our membership into the thousands as quickly as
possible to increase opportunities for member collaboration and synergy,
and to support the continual growth of member benefits.
2) Our mission is to support group change agents worldwide with economically
accessible tools and resources.
3) We always seek to offer value that far outweighs the cost simply
as a matter of principle.
If you have any interest in facilitation, training, or group leadership,
you'll want to join the FacilitatorU.com community.
in it for you?
- Save a significant
amount of time, travel expenses, and training costs by tapping into
all of our "just-in-time" training, tools, and resources
from the comfort of your own home or office.
- Access an increasing
array of tools, training, and resources to support your work with
- Tap into a
community of fellow facilitators, trainers, group leaders, and change
agents for collaboration, learning, and support.
- The wisdom
and experience of a growing number of recordings of specialized
experts in the field.
- Use our articles
to augment your training programs and group work.
- Access a growing
library of online tools, ebooks, and other resources to make your
- Make yourself
visible to others who visit this site looking for your talent.
- Keep your skills
up-to-date and your passion enlivened with regular contact with
other change agents leading positive change and constructive action
here to review what clients of FacilitatorU.com have said about
our products and services.
As a FacilitatorU Premium member, you'll
receive 50% off the retail price of any live or recorded 5-day
or multi-session teleclasss offered.
Retail Price: over $800; Savings: over $400/year
Receive training in facilitation, leadership,
and training from your home or office saving time and money otherwise
spent on expensive travel. $1,500/year.
Free attendance in live teleclasses and interviews on a growing
number of provocative topics of interest to group workers. Includes
free access to real audio recordings and notes.
Stay current in developments and best practices
in facilitation, leadership, and training. Interact with to
experts from your home or office. $1,000/year.
database of over 200 past issues of the highly acclaimed Master
Facilitator Journal ezine.
Printable articles to share with students, peers,
clients, etc. $100/year
Facilitator's Round Table
Live one-hour tele-conferences each month with fellow facilitators,
trainers, consultants, coaches, and leaders to collaborate and
brainstorm professional challenges, opportunities, and potential
Executives pay hundreds of dollars month for
this kind of opportunity. Brings the world into your home as
you meet with peers around the globe. Get answers to your special
issues, grow your business, find business collaborations, etc.
Access to our Member-Only Specialized Topic Discussion
Forums for knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities.
Price: Free and available to Member's
Your own personal R&D team for each subject you're interested
in. Bounce ideas and questions off hundreds of your peers with
the click of your mouse. $100/year
Checklists on many aspects of facilitation such as agenda development,
intervention, participation, processing, etc. Price:
Running a group can get complicated and there's
lots to forget. These handy checklists can really help refresh
your memory and add to your effectiveness in no time.
to a 20+ models that can be applied by facilitators and trainers.
Price: $29 ==>
A good model that fits your style of leadership
and your particular situation can be priceless. It's like finding
a map you've been searching for and finally finding it.
growing list of Facilitator
Guides covering major aspects of facilitation such
as participation, intervention, learning facilitation, the inner
game, business development, marketing, conflict resolution, and
more. Price: $100+ ==>preview
Instant access to a growing number of e-books focused on facilitation
specialties to answer your questions and build your skills.
Include your photo, short bio, and a one-minute audio introduction
in our Facilitator
Referral Directory. Price:
Have your image and your offer viewed by potentially
thousands of prospective clients looking for facilitation and
training services. Other services charge as much as $375/year.
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If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this package, simply
email us with a request to refund/credit your credit card in the full
amount and we will do so immediately. It's our policy to do this and
we honor this in every single case. This policy completely removes the
buying risk for you and keeps our customer-satisfaction rates extremely
Includes all features listed in table above.
[Estimated price if purchased separately: $1,100]
[Estimated value: $3,200]
Cost = $149/year
$99/year until September 15, 2005
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Includes all features listed in table above, plus
a 50% discount on all FacilitatorU.com live and pre-recorded real
audio teleclasses. (average cost per class is $89 and 10 classes/year,
roughly $900 savings)
[Estimated price if purchased separately: $1,500]
[Estimated value: $4,700]
Cost = $299/year
$249/year until September 15, 2005
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Available for either of the above plans which includes
a license for use by up to 10 employees within your organization.
Corporate Membership (Basic) = $745/yr.
Corporate Membership (Premium) = $1,245/yr.
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a corporate membership
here to submit them. Thanks for your interest!