“I was able to hone old skills and have great takeaways! That I can apply immediately. Enjoyed! And learned a lot, even if I am just a psychologist (PhD).” – D.F., Enterprise Learning Officer
Structured facilitation skills increase confidence and effectiveness when leading meetings, workshops, and presentations producing higher quality, consensual deliverables that help you and your organization excel!
Why Train With MG RUSH?
WORLD CLASS INSTRUCTION
…with a world class instructor. At MG RUSH we never hire contractors to teach our classes. You only learn with practitioners and experts!
Truth about meeting facilitation: You don’t learn how to facilitate when the instructor’s lips are moving. That’s why 80% of your class time is devoted to demonstration and practice.
Students who successfully complete our 452 Professional Facilitation course qualify for up to 40 PMI PDUs, IIBA CDUs, CEUs, and Scrum Alliance SEUs.
Honest, comprehensive daily feedback helps you improve immediately. We won’t lie to you, we’ll make you better.
Our structured curriculum comes from years of experience, research, and innovative thinking that fully compliments the purpose of meetings including Agile, Lean, SCRUM, SDLC, and other methodologies. Our Professional FAST reference manual and on-line resources are updated weekly.
We’re so sure our facilitation training surpasses any other, we guarantee that if you’re not 100% satisfied, we’ll refund your tuition.
- D.F., Enterprise Learning Officer
“I really enjoyed your no-nonsense approach. The pace, format, methodology was on point. I would highly recommend the training to others. You provided a plethora of resources–the ball is now in my court!” – H.M., Enterprise Learning OfficerH.M., Enterprise Learning Officer
“As stated, this is a practical course that requires more time with demonstrations, exercises, and practice. We were given numerous sample and examples . . . learning while drinking from a fire hose. Overall, the most I’ve learned qualitatively and practically in the last 20 years of my employment.” – P.L., Enterprise Learning OfficerP.L., Enterprise Learning Officer
Great instructor; very knowledgeable about subject (SME); also very knowledgeable about other topics when discussed during breaks. Great course! I would definitely recommend it or even take it again.” – D.D., Enterprise Learning OfficerD.D., Enterprise Learning Officer2
“Course went over and beyond my expectations. I now have a fuller understanding of facilitation; facilitation as both an art and a science!” – D.D., Enterprise Learning OfficerD.D., Enterprise Learning Officer
“Thank you Sir, both for the information as well as the amazing training opportunity! I will take this information forward for future learning opportunities. (The consensus of the group has been we wished we had more time!)” – J.N., Enterprise Learning OfficerJ.N., Enterprise Learning Officer
“Thank you, Terrence – and thank you for the reminder that I am a certified FAST facilitator! Hope all continues to go well. During this last three day executive meeting I facilitated in San Ramon, comments from leaders included this was the “most productive meeting I’ve attended in years” and “all our meetings should be facilitated this way”. Needless to say, they have bought into facilitation as a key tool for meeting key business objectives in an efficient and effective manner.” – G. P., Global Lean Six Sigma ManagerG. P., Global Lean Six Sigma Manager
“WONDERFUL to hear from you. We speak of you often and highly at our office. The FAST Facilitation training is still the best investment our team has made!” – M.H., G.A.S. Government Affairs Specialist– M.H., G.A.S. Government Affairs Specialist
“Very professional, provided “safe” place for practice demonstrated the art of facilitation throughout the week; was positive and helpful in feedback. I really liked the “filler” (ie toys, fun facts, and pictures helped clear the mind.)” – J. K., Project ManagerJ. K., Project Manager
“I enjoyed how Terrence kept the students mentally engaged by asking us to solve puzzles, provided frequent breaks and how he stuck to meeting start times for regrouping. He also provided goo reference website links and access to MG RUSH material for future reference.” – T. G., Team Lead, Business & Systems Integration AnalystT. G., Team Lead, Business & Systems Integration Analyst
“Terrence was awesome. Very direct and to the point. No sugar coating. Knowledgable about topic and methodologies. Good at providing examples. Knew exactly where he wanted to go and where references were. Enjoyed all the little tips (ie poser boards, marker colors, sticky notes, etc…)” – A. Q., Business Integration and Relationship ManagerA. Q., Business Integration and Relationship Manager
“I appreciate the enthusiasm of your class. One of the best classes that I have taken due to the amount of in-class training.” – Alejandro A, Repair Supervisor (Fortune 50 Company)Alejandro A, Repair Supervisor (Fortune 50 Company)
Facilitation versus Facilitating
At MG RUSH, we shift the thinking of our participants from facilitation (as a noun or a static way of being) to facilitating (as a verb or a dynamic way of doing)—making it easier for meeting participants to collaborate, leading to more informed, innovative decisions. Facilitating is based on speaking with people rather than at them. Facilitating is about creating an environment that is conducive to productivity and breakthrough. Facilitating is about stimulating and inspiring people.
We build understanding around the role of structured facilitating—getting participants to improve . . .
- how to think about group decision-making
- skills such as clear speaking, precise questioning, keen observing, and active listening
- the criticality of being content-neutral; passionate about results, yet unbiased about path
- the importance of the holarchy (ie, organizational goal alignment)
- the role (of facilitator) is not the person, rather a temporary position (like a referee)
Through our FAST Professional Facilitation Training, participants develop a practical understanding about the differences and challenges of becoming a facilitative leader that extend above and beyond traditional leadership. While today, many leaders exhibit traits that head in the right direction, compared to traditional or historic leaders, further shift is required to be truly facilitative so that groups and teams realize the full potential of consensus, commitment, and ownership.
About MG Rush Facilitation Training
Morgan Madison and Company acquired the rights to the FAST Facilitation technique in 2004. Today, as MG RUSH, we provide an enhanced, more robust version of FAST, created through extensive research of effective facilitation methods, thousands of hours of applied facilitation, with a focus on collaboration and decision quality.
FAST Professional Structured Facilitation reflects years of intensive field testing with new methodologies that reflect today’s organizations: agile, distributed, electronic, and multi-cultural inclusiveness. Our improved FAST technique fills gaps left by other techniques, placing a strong emphasis on consensus building, decision quality, requirements gathering, and project management excellence. In short, FAST makes structured facilitation highly effective for all meetings and workshops.
To make it easier for others to add value through
plans that are shared,
decisions that resonate,
and activities that harmonize with one another.
— T. Metz, President
MG RUSH Facilitation Training has seeded the FAST technique at thousands of companies, including some of the largest, most recognizable in the world. We are the acknowledged leader in structured meeting management and facilitated workshops for information gathering, planning, decision-making, and team leadership.
Our course participants come from a variety of backgrounds: project and product managers, analysts, operations leads, group managers, planners, quality experts, mediators and advisors, directors and officers, VPs and AVPs, assistants and coordinators, and specialists or consultants of all types.
FAST Professional Facilitation Training is the only class on structured facilitation endorsed by the SCRUM Alliance, PMI, and IBAA.
FAST Professional Facilitation Training is the first and only class on structured facilitation to be offered in Amsterdam, Anchorage, Atyrau, Bangkok, Doha, Jakarta, Lagos, London, Luanda, and other sites worldwide.
The FAST technique is used in over 3,000 companies and 50 countries.
- We are the first company to introduce the concept of the holarchy to structure alignment throughout an organization or enterprise.
We have developed and deliver classes, including our Professional Facilitation Training (4 and 5 day classes), Facilitation Fundamentals and an incredibly flexible curriculum called CHOICESM. CHOICE enables you to customize structured facilitation training to fit your company’s time, budget, and participants’ content needs. Learn More
Join Our Elite Class Of Alumni
- MG RUSH alumni are among the most effective, successful facilitators, leaders, and executives in the world.
- Our FAST Professional Facilitation has become more widely used and accepted in corporations than any other structured facilitation technique, while embracing Agile, JAD, Lean, SCRUM, SDLC, and other methodologies and derivatives.
- The ongoing growth of facilitation in Northern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East is directly related to our alumni.
- PLUS: MG RUSH Alumni enjoy access to hundreds of proven facilitation tools and resources. A sampling of these are available in our Facilitator Resources tab. ENROLL NOW
Lead Better Meetings Today!
Learn How To Facilitate Alignment In Meetings: Using Power Balls and A Decision Matrix with our 8 minute video taught by lead facilitation instructor, Terrence Metz. It’s fast, it’s free, and it’s easy.
Building consensus around proper alignment helps groups identify gaps, omissions, overkill, and to confirm the appropriateness and balance of their action plan.