For those of you that live or work in the Perimeter area, come join fellow SEAF members for an energizing breakfast gathering to get your day started!
We will meet at Mimi’s Café, which is located at 1221 Ashford Crossing, off Abernathy Road across from Outback Steakhouse and Carraba’s.
Bring with you one facilitation tip, tool or resource you value and would like to share. We will share ideas and favorite resources in a relaxed, informal setting. Dutch treat.
Friday, August 14th, 2015. Location: Roam Dunwoody at Perimeter Pointe
Collaborative Problem Solving – Designing Collaborative Meetings
Dr. Joanne Chu
The Collaborative Operating System™ (COS) is a dynamic and scalable approach to how work gets done in groups. This system uses the explicit principles of ownership and alignment as “currency” for how to more fully engage teams and build a culture of high-trust and transparency. Much of a team’s work occurs in meetings and yet they often are a source of frustration and under-productive time for participants. This workshop will illustrate how the COS principles are operationalized through the use of the COS Meeting Design™. After exploring the fundamentals of the system, workshop participants will use the meeting design template to design an upcoming meeting and exchange peer feedback.
Learn about the COS Methodology – What is it, how is it used, what problems it solves.
Practice designing more effective meetings – Through the template that is provided and group-work with your peers, you will have the opportunity to put the theory into practice by using the process to design an upcoming meeting.
Friday, November 13th, 2015. Location: Roam Dunwoody at Perimeter Pointe
Using the Power of “Relational Presence” to Enhance Your Facilitation
In this session attendees will learn how to apply and benefit from the practice of “Relational Presence” in their facilitation. This methodology includes how to “be with” and truly connect with people, how to be spontaneous and speak from the heart, and how to fully listen to others as a way to maximize one’s facilitation effectiveness. Paired exercises and a group exercise will allow participants to experience Relational Presence first-hand and enable them to use this unique practice in their next facilitated workshop or program.
2015 Meeting Dates
Friday, February 13th, 2015: Secrets to Facilitating Strategy
Thursday, March 12th, 2015: SEAF Breakfast Meet & Greet - Pre-meeting Sponsor Discussion Tips and Actions.
Friday, April 3rd, 2015: Icebreakers and the Business of Facilitation
Thursday, May 7th, 2015: SEAF Beer & Business
Friday, June 12th, 2015: Emotional Intelligence Demystified: What It Is and Why It Is Important as a Facilitator
Thursday, July 16th, 2015: SEAF Breakfast Meet & Greet
Friday, August 14th, 2015: Collaborative Problem Solving – Designing Collaborative Meetings
Friday, November 13th, 2015: Using the Power of “Relational Presence” to Enhance Your Facilitation
These meetings are held at Roam Dunwoody, 1155 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta, Georgia 30338 (across the parking lot from the Sandy Springs MARTA station and above Office Depot and LA Fitness).
To promote excellence in facilitation through education, networking, and professional development.
To be the premier source in the region for assisting facilitators in developing their skills and promoting facilitation as an essential organizational function.
Who Joins SEAF?
SEAF offers invaluable professional development opportunities for anyone who spends time planning and coordinating meetings, whether they're a full-time, part-time or aspiring facilitator, or have never even heard of the term “facilitation."
Our members represent a variety of occupations such as: professional facilitators, coaches, project managers of all kinds, business analysts, consultants, senior management, and others whose role requires facilitation skills on a daily basis. Many of us are employed in major organizations, and many are self-employed. We work in education, IT, healthcare, community building, environmental and non-profit industries—from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
No matter your title, function, industry, or organization size, if you run meetings with clients or colleagues then you use facilitation skills. And if you want to improve your facilitation skills—and the effectiveness of the meetings you run—there is no better place to do that than as a member of SEAF!
The Value of Being an SEAF Member:
Five half-day training and networking sessions per year at $28 each, a $110 savings over non-members. These sessions also provide:
Opportunities to network with other facilitators across industries and support and learn from each other
Educational opportunities to learn new facilitation skills and stay current in the field of facilitation
Opportunities to promote your business or company
Opportunities to connect with other facilitators on LinkedIn and Twitter
Ability to post and reply to job openings within the SEAF member community
Opportunities to network with the members of affiliated organizations, such as the Institute of Management Consulting
Opportunities to utilize your gifts and talents to give back and help SEAF grow and meet its mission and objectives
Ability to attend SEAF-hosted conferences at a discounted rate
SEAF meets the second Friday of every other month, with networking from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM, meeting and presentation from 9:00 AM - Noon, and an optional dutch treat networking lunch following. Meetings are designed to include: