MG RUSH Advanced Facilitation Training (2-day) helps you (alumnus and experienced session leader) discover and enhance your structured facilitation and workshop skills. You will spend most of your time in participatory demonstrations, discussion, exercises, and practice sessions with other experienced and professional facilitators investigating newly developed content and improved tools.

(For experienced facilitators who have taken formal facilitation training [preferably our professional-level course] and have facilitated twelve or more meetings or three or more full-day workshops.)

MG RUSH Certified Structured Advanced Facilitator

Students who successfully complete our rigorous, two-day Advanced Facilitation Training qualify for Certified Structured Advanced Facilitator (CSAF™) status.

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MG RUSH Certified Advanced Structured Facilitator


The advanced facilitation training is designed to strengthen your talent and improve your skills to:

  • Adapt real-life learnings from gathering requirements
  • Enhance agenda-building skills for partial-day meetings
  • Expand your toolset to help groups agree and prioritize
  • Improve virtual and tele-video/presence leadership skills
  • Lead groups to make higher-quality and measurable decisions
  • Learn from other professionals about their ‘secrets’
  • Obtain valuable, personal feedback from instructor and classmates
  • Practice “HOW TO” tools for managing conflict and confronting issues
  • Take your potential to a new level of group leadership


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Naturally, we begin with your specific experience, needs, and expectations.  As you recall from your earlier class(es), we have far more material to cover than you have time.  Therefore, we adapt, so that each class gets the most out of the time we have together.  In addition to practice sessions, recent topics covered include:


  • A Blueprint for Consensus Building Around Strategic Decision-Making
  • Agile Practices Can Benefit All Facilitators
  • Eight Meeting Purposes: What Tasks Are You Asking Your Group to Accomplish?
  • Executing Your Strategy—Facilitative Strategy Mapping
  • Five Compelling Business or Organizational Reasons to Hold a Facilitated Session
  • Five Problems with Meetings and What to Do about Them
  • How to Get Promising Meetings to Fail
  • How to Use the Principles of Agile’s Daily Stand-Up in Your Staff Meetings
  • Meeting Killers: 8 Ways to Kill a Meeting and Your Reputation
  • Seventeen Valuable Tips and Essential Issues for “Chairing” Successful Meetings
  • Taking Charge of Poorly Led Meetings When You Are Not the Leader 


  • 3 Steps to Conflict Resolution: Purpose, Active Listening, and Objectives
  • Addicted to Being Right: Four Responses to Avoid Being Wrong
  • Considerations on How to Facilitate between Europeans and Asians
  • Does a Facilitator Need to be a Subject Matter Expert? (Content vs. Context)
  • Five Ways to Facilitate Quiet People and Get Them to Participate More Fully
  • Getting Groups to Decide (i.e., Finessing Extreme Personality Problems)
  • How to Facilitate Scientists and Engineers
  • How to Help Resolve Business Arguments
  • Seven Top Skills for Managing Change in an Enterprise or Organization
  • Smart People Make Dumb Decisions: How to Improve Your Group Decisions
  • The Most Effective Facilitators Stop Saying “I” — Use Pluralistic Rhetoric
  • Understanding the Time and Place for Individual Versus Group Decisions
  • What Important Key is Missing from Most Group Approaches to Problem Solving?


  • A “Plan” is “Who Does What (and When)” and Answers 10 Questions
  • Breakthrough and Innovation Tools
  • Categorize as Quick Wins, Tried and True, Wild and Crazy, or Hail Mary Passes
  • Change Management Framework and Stakeholder Analysis
  • Decision-making and Prioritization Tools
  • How You Can Convert Requirements or Fuzzy Goals into SMART Objectives
  • Metz’s ‘931’
  • Questions to Ask If Using a Decision Quality Spider Chart (DQ Spider)
  • Questions to Ask When Managing Risk and Reward in an Innovation Portfolio
  • Scenario Planning and Temporal Shift Through Multiple SWOT Analysis
  • Simple Agenda for Agreeing on Who Does What to Support a Purpose
  • When Quality Decision Making is Not Enough and Speed of Action is Required


  • An Active Listening TIP — Listening for the WHY, Benefits Everyone
  • Challenge The Status Quo, Such as “We Don’t Do Things That Way Around Here.”
  • Consensus does NOT Mean that Participants Are Going to be “Happy”
  • da Vinci’s Compelling Traits
  • Facilitating Cultural Shift from Group Orientation to Shared Team Values
  • Graphics and Visual Display—Expanding Their Use
  • Hip-pocket Tool Deployment
  • How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome the 7 Most Common Project Pitfalls
  • How to (Not) Gesture while Facilitating
  • It Is NOT “What’s in it for me?” Rather, “What do you need or want from me?”
  • Meeting Announcement Considerations Prior to Shipping a Pre-Read
  • Three Simple Yet Precise Questions that Improve Group Clarity and Consensus
  • What to Do About the Seven Deadly Sins of Facilitating
  • 14 Facilitator Typologies to Avoid (Humorous, Although Uncannily Real)


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Public: The cost for our 650 Certified Structured Advanced Facilitation Training 2-Day course is $1,600 per participant and includes course materials and cloth-napkin quality lunches. Maximum public class size is twelve. Government and not-for-profit participants may qualify for an additional discount.

Private: Maximum private class size is twelve; minimum is six. Private class fees are negotiable and typically include custom materials that capture or reflect your specific cultural methodology, life-cycle, acronyms, and glossary.

Inquire about private class pricing and available dates (for on-site, corporate needs).The on-site fee covers training, materials, and instructor travel. Ideally, on-site classes should contain six to twelve students. Enquire About Private Class


To reserve a space, arrange for a private class, or inquire about this and other courses, please call us at 630-954-5880 or

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