ToP Facilitation Methods

Course Objectives: Learn three proven ways to activate group participation. Hands-on practice helps you discover practical uses in your life and work. Participants work individually and in small groups to see the ToP Methods in action, and then have the opportunity to practice facilitating in class.

Pre-requisite None.

Course Description: Learn and practice the core methods in this 2-day course.   

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Focused Conversation Method

Learn the foundational approach that leads naturally to a meaningful exchange of ideas.

  • Conduct purposeful discussions
  • Capture a group’s best thinking easily
  • Surface new ideas and solutions
  • Stimulate candid feedback


Consensus Workshop Method

Practice the engaging, structured process that energizes people to reach consensus.

  • Tap rational and intuitive thought processes
  • Integrate diverse ideas
  • Generate practical and creative solutions
  • Develop group consensus


Action Planning Method

Walk through practical steps that help groups plan, organize resources, and build commitment.

  • Visualize a successful result
  • Analyze the current reality
  • Create a practical plan
  • Maximize group involvement


Course Participants

People who work with groups that need high-level participation to be effective, including:

  • Managers and supervisors
  • Executive directors and board members
  • Facilitators, trainers and consultants
  • Educators and health practitioners
  • Active citizens and community workers


Benefits to Your Organization

  • Unproductive conflict disappears
  • Groups create their own motivation
  • Personal commitment becomes the norm
  • Visible results appear more quickly
  • Increased productivity saves time and money




Continuing Education Credits



Two mentor ToP trainers lead the course. Each brings extensive experience in using and teaching the ToP methods locally and internationally. 



Testimonials on ToP Facilitation Methods

“Today, we have more than 200 employees who have been trained in TFM. The results have been outstanding. We have used the talent in our network to complete massive strategic planning efforts with IT leaders from across the State of Minnesota.” - Reine K.

“The ToP Facilitation Methods course showed me a different way to engage and encourage meeting participants. It will be a valuable tool as I continue my journey in facilitation.” - Amy R.

“The ToP Facilitation Method (TFM) training provides an excellent foundation of knowledge and skills for executives, project managers, group facilitators, and anyone who leads or participates in group discussions or decision making activities. TFM provides clear, concise, and inclusive methods for efficient and productive group communication.” - Rodney H.

Continuing Education Credit Information

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Testimonials from our participants

It [ToP Facilitation Methods] was more than I imagined it would be. It’s something I can use in my personal life as well as in the workplace.
- Kristie S.
This course [ToP Facilitation Methods] was incredibly helpful at demonstrating how effective, planned facilitation can create action, focused conversations and build consensus. I can’t wait to practice these skills!
- Eve L.
MNToP welcomes the learner to a continuous cycle of theory, practice, and reflection that broadens and deepens capacity and commitment.
- Claire C.