“I highly recommend this course for everyone facilitating meetings.” – K. A., Business Planning Manager
Improving facilitation skills increases confidence and effectiveness when leading meetings, workshops, and presentations–producing higher quality, consensual deliverables that will help 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 the best!
Truth: 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 PMI PDUs, IIBA CDUs, CEUs and Scrum Alliance SEUs.
Honest, comprehensive daily feedback provides clear opportunities for improvement. We won’t lie to you, we’ll make you better.
Our facilitation curriculum comes from years of experience, research and innovative thinking that fully compliments Agile, JAD, Lean, SCRUM, SDLC, and other methodologies. Our FAST reference manual is 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.
Facilitation versus Facilitating
At MG RUSH, our primary goal is to 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)—truly making it easier for meeting participants to make more informed 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. Facilitating amplifies the DNA of the modern leader.
We seek to build understanding around the role of facilitating—getting participants to understand…
- 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)
We aspire to develop a working understanding among the participants about the differences and challenges of becoming a facilitative leader that extend beyond those of a modern leader. Modern leaders exhibit traits that head in the right direction, compared to traditional or historic leaders, but further shift is required to be truly facilitative so that teams and groups realize the full potential of consensus, commitment, and ownership.
About MG Rush Facilitation Training
Based on extensive research of effective facilitation and many, many hours of applied facilitation, FAST Professional Structured Facilitation was created to fill gaps left by other techniques, to formalize our discoveries and innovations, and to enable others to make structured facilitation useful for all team/workgroup activities.
FAST reflects several years of intensive field testing with new methodologies that reflect the modern organization: distributed, electronic, multi-cultural, with a heavy emphasis on quality and project management excellence.
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 meeting management and facilitated workshops for information gathering, planning, decision-making, and team leadership.
Our course participants come from many various fields: project and product managers, business analysts, professional facilitators, workshop leaders, team managers, planners, quality experts, senior managers and executives, and internal/external consultants of any type.
MG RUSH Accomplishments
FAST Professional Facilitation is the only class on structured facilitation endorsed by the SCRUM Alliance, PMI, and IBAA.
FAST Professional Facilitation 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 longest continuous consulting group in the United States that is dedicated to structured facilitation.
We have developed and deliver classes, including our Professional Facilitation Training Facilitation Fundamentals and Advanced Facilitation Training. We also offer an incredibly flexible curriculum called CHOICESM. CHOICE enables us to customize our facilitation training to fit your company’s time, budget, and content needs.
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
What MG Rush Alumni Are Saying…
- K. A., Business Planning Manager
“Learning how an annotated agenda could benefit me was invaluable! Also…. I really appreciated that the instructor seemed sincere when acknowledging my fears and concerns as valid fears and concerns.”Katherine T, Administrative Assistant
“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
“Very engaging and enthusiastic. Presented material in multiple ways to reinforce concepts. In answer to Who would benefit from taking this class: “Any Business leaders, team leader, etc… More “tenured” employees that may be resistant to change.”Brett S, Senior Associate
“Back in Trinidad now and wanted to say thanks for the wonderful experience. I am hosting my first secession here at the school and I know that your teaching will lend to a wonderful experience for the group.”Surrendra M, Senior Academic Advisor
“Love these and still use my Fast approaches all the time! I was looking just today for some brainstorming activities for an upcoming strategic planning session and pulled out my Fast Training materials!”Christy B, CCP, PMP
“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
“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
“Excellent course and highly related to my current responsibilities.” – C.H., Head (Business Planning)C.H., Head (Business Planning)
“Love the energy and enthusiasm! Great speaker and very encouraging!”Joann G, Senior Business Support Solutions Specialist
“I read a quote from Google’s Sr VP of People Operations: “The only training you [as a company] should invest in is training that changes behavior.” I attended the FAST Facilitation Training workshop that Terrence Metz and the MG Rush Company hosted in Washington, DC. What a fantastic, intense, and engaging 5 days – Terrence’s passion for teaching us the FAST techniques and for improving our own confidence to lead a workshop or meeting, along with his energy for changing BEHAVIOR were contagious!
I would highly and unhesitatingly recommend Terrence’s FAST Facilitation course to anyone who leads meetings, facilitates workshops, or simply wants to improve their ability to effectively lead a project to success.”Mindy K, Senior Analyst
“Excellent instructor, both in knowledge and technique. Very easy and personable. Enjoyed this class very much!”Debby G, Senior Business Manager
“Wow, what an excellent class. The practice was priceless but learning from others was of tremendous value.” – K. S., Acting Knowledge Management Director– K. S., Acting Knowledge Management Director
“I found the course to be perfect. I have taken many training classes at XXXX. This is the only class that has made me open the manual when I got home. If you have a pulse, you should attend.” – M. L., Sr Consumer Affairs SpecialistM. L., Sr Consumer 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 the class this week and feel that I learned a lot. I am looking forward to being able to leverage the alumni materials.”Christy P, Business Analyst
“This was one of the best training classes I have had to date as an employee at USAA. It is always great to learn that you have tremendous opportunity to improve and grow in a particular skill; especially when that skill transcends many lines and types of work. Additionally, there is always value when you can attend a training to help you improve and get tools, techniques, and demonstrations on how to incorporate them and implement them on a daily basis.
I hope to see you again in the future; I will never forget you for what you have given to me….true knowledge.”Mark R, Business Manager
“Awesome Instructor! Could not have been more knowledgeable or engaging.”Shannon S, Business Manager
“Awesome, knowledgeable, materials were great! Very responsive to questions and need for additional guidance. Great “take aways” including recordings and alumni resources.” – A. H., Regional Manager, Community AffairsA. H., Regional Manager, Community Affairs
“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
“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
“The instructor’s experiential knowledge is invaluable. His energy level remained constant. His after work hours response time was FAST and detailed. His feedback was practical. The videos are very useful.” – L. W., Senior Assessment Analyst– L. W., Senior Assessment Analyst
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