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450 Professional Facilitation (FAST) 5
330 Project Facilitation 3
650 Advanced Facilitation 3
350 Executive Facilitation 2
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MG Rush - Your Home for Facilitation Training

We train facilitators. We specialize in structured facilitation; the type used in most important workshops, team meetings, and retreats. Our facilitation technique is ideal for team meetings, project management, strategic planning, and quality initiatives. Because our training focuses on decision making, it is applicable to business, technical, government, and community environments.

We've been training facilitators since 1985. We are the originator of the FAST workshop facilitation technique. Our facilitation methods and tools were developed after extensive research into other meeting techniques and after many hours leading sessions as practitioners.

Our FAST technique is in use at hundreds of organizations, including the largest and most successful worldwide. We are a pioneer and the recognized leader in facilitation for requirements and information gathering, ideation, planning, analysis, process and product development, team collaboration, and group decision-making. With our training, you'll improve your confidence, leadership, efficiency, and effectiveness leading groups, meetings, workshops, projects, programs, initiatives, and teams.

Qualify for PMI PDUs and IIBA CDUs
FAST Facilitation Training Class earns PMI PDUs and IIBA CDUsStudents of our FAST Class qualify for PMI PDUs and IIBA CDUs.

Our FAST Professional Facilitation (Session Leader) Workshop course prepares team and project leaders, analysts, managers, and executives to make the most of critical projects and decisions.

Our class is also a terrific way to maintain your certification. Students who successfully complete our (#450) FAST class qualify for 40 CDUs (IIBA) and 40 PDUs (PMI).

The FAST Class - Professional-level Facilitation Training
Facilitation Training Enhances Your CareerOur most popular class is our 5-day FAST Professional Facilitation Workshop course.

The course is intensive, well-rounded, and targeted for today's fast paced, process-driven organizational change environments.

Typical participants are project managers, business analysts, strategic planners, consultants, sales and marketing leaders, executives—and others that need to lead teams in group sessions for maximum effectiveness with a minimum amont of time.

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Advanced Facilitation
Take Your Facilitation Performance to the Next LevelOur Advanced Facilitation class is a dynamic program featuring evolving content. It is designed to keep trained facilitators up-to-date with best practices. It is also an opportunity to polish skills and behaviors gained "on the job."

The class is designed to pick up where our FAST class leaves off -- and that is a "high bar." The FAST class delivers total preparation for facilitators, so we've designed the Advanced Class to refine skills, expand techniques, and "dive deeper".

We have had great demand for a short, intensive, and focused class with lots of practice and feedback. Alumni want to make sure they have not developed bad habits, and where they have, want feedback to get better -- immediately.

This course requires FAST Certification and ideally at least six months and 40 hours of facilitating meetings and workshop. Our next class is linked to a special two-day class on managing conflict, especially among headstrong executives. Please contact us directly about hosting an Advanced Class at your facility.

Business Process Improvement
Image"Change or Die – The Business Process Improvement Manual." written by Terrence Metz, is now shipping.

This new manual aligns with the PMBoK from the Project Management Institute.

"Change or Die" provides a life cycle approach within 250 pages of primary text, supplemented with another 100 pages of workshop agendas, tools, and activities, and a CD containing over 100 tables and templates in electronic form. A nominal investment in this manual will pay for itself many times over.

Fundamental Meeting Facilitation
Fundamental Meeting Facilitation is Group Leadership - Improve Your Leadership Skills with MG RushOne of our newest classes is a 3-day class for anyone who wants to improve their meeting leadership skills.

We have had great demand for a short, intensive, and focused class to help project managers, team leads, and others guide workgroups. While not intended for professional facilitators, this class provides basic workgroup management skills for those that regularly interact with or lead groups.

This course is ideal for product, program, and project managers with responsibility crossing multiple areas of responsibility and concurrent projects. Tight timetables? This is the perfect tool to manage valuable meeting time in your role as group, team, or project lead.

What is Facilitation?

Facilitate means to "make easier."

A facilitator "makes easier" the work of a team or group, most often in a meeting or workshop setting.

Facilitation is therefore the actions made and benefits provided by the facilitator. Facilitation is most commonly applied in business and organizations to provide structure to everyday activities such as decision-making, information gathering, and problem-solving.

Facilitation is often an integral part of technical processes, such as deriving specifications and requirements for software development, strategic plans, and budgeting. Because the acts of information gathering, problem-solving, and decision-making are so vital to large projects and corporate governance, facilitation has evolved to a high art such as the FAST technique used and taught by MG Rush.

Facilitation is also in common use in non-business settings such as social work and citizen involvement in community planning.


What Clients Say
"The staff that I've sent to this training tell me that it's the best and most important training they've received in their professional career."


On-line Glossary
Facilitator's Glossary
FAST is one of the oldest sources of facilitation
certification, since 2004.
Our FAST Professional Facilitation Workshop Course - is our most popular class.

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    Seattle WA
Sep 28 - Oct 2
    Washington DC
Dec 7 - 11
    Houston TX

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Advanced Facilitation - our follow-on training.

Our next OPEN public 3-day class is:
Dec 2 - 4
    Houston TX

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