Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0209, June 21, 2005 | 7,000 Subscribers..
 

Dear friends,

We celebrate the world's most enduring accomplishments as a result of like minds having come together to act with elegant focus on a common cause. Over the past four years, FacilitatorU.com has been modeling and teaching the art and science of group facilitation skills that make these kinds of accomplishments possible in groups worldwide. We've distilled the collective wisdom of thousands of change agents in over 94 countries into a collection of easily accessible group leadership tools, training, and resources. Even those with little experience can use to help lead groups to accomplish great things.

And now, after three years building our network of 7,000 readers in 94 countries, and our growing collection of virtual products and services, we are excited to announce the launch of the FacilitatorU.com annual membership!
Please join us to build the largest and best virtual university for group workers worldwide. This week's issues briefly chronicles the history of this momentous journey and later desribes the benefits and features of our membership offerings.

Have a great week!

Steve Davis
Publisher

 
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My Story


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 group facilitators.

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 this field.

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 in moving this vision forward. Join us in the launch of the FacilitatorU.com Membership!

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...



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FacilitatorU.com Membership Launched Today!

After 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.


What's 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 groups.
  • 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 job easier.
  • 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 worldwide.


Testimonials

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Membership Features

Training Resources

5-day Teleclasses
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
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Value: Receive training in facilitation, leadership, and training from your home or office saving time and money otherwise spent on expensive travel. $1,500/year.
Micro-Skills Teleclasses
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.
Price: $500/year
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Value: Stay current in developments and best practices in facilitation, leadership, and training. Interact with to experts from your home or office. $1,000/year.

MFJ Ezine Archives
Searchable database of over 200 past issues of the highly acclaimed Master Facilitator Journal ezine. Price: $29/year ==> preview
Value: Printable articles to share with students, peers, clients, etc. $100/year


Community

Monthly 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 collaboration. Price: $200/year

Value: 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. $1,000/year

Forums
Access to our Member-Only Specialized Topic Discussion Forums for knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities. Price: Free and available to Member's Only ==> preview
Value: 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


Tools

Facilitation Checklists
25+ Checklists on many aspects of facilitation such as agenda development, intervention, participation, processing, etc. Price: $29
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Value: 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. $79
Facilitation Models
Access to a 20+ models that can be applied by facilitators and trainers. Price: $29 ==> preview
Value: 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. $100
Facilitator Guides Access 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
Value: Instant access to a growing number of e-books focused on facilitation specialties to answer your questions and build your skills. $200

Marketing Resources

Referral Service
Include your photo, short bio, and a one-minute audio introduction in our Facilitator Referral Directory. Price: $49/year ==>preview
Value: 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.
Discount Ad in MFJ
50% discount on any Advertisement placed in the Master Facilitator Journal. Price: $50/occurrence ==> preview
Value: What would it be worth to reach over 8,000 of your peers in 94 countries with your ad? $100

Satisfaction guaranteed


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 high.

Membership Options

BASIC OPTION: Includes all features listed in table above.
[Estimated price if purchased separately: $1,100]
[Estimated value: $3,200]

Cost = $149/year


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$99/year until September 15, 2005



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PREMIUM OPTION
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

New
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$249/year until September 15, 2005



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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP OPTION
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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