FAST Facilitation Fundamentals 3-Day Curriculum and Agenda


  • Body of Knowledge
    During FAST Fundamentals, each student receives a complete professional FAST Professional Reference Manual with over four hundred pages of best practices in facilitative leadership skills, decision-making tools, and meeting controls; a professional resource for years beyond the training course.
  • Evaluation
    Each student receives two confidential assessments: a two-page and a three-page written evaluation from a certified instructor, extensively describing students’ demonstrated strengths and opportunities for improvement. The evaluations assess nearly one hundred categories of demonstrated strengths and areas for improvement among students’ communications, facilitation, people, and technique skills. The FAST
    competency certificate is issued to each student successfully completing the course.
  • On-Line Access
    Each alumnus receives copyright permissions and on-line access to hundreds of presentation and other support materials to conduct their own meetings and presentations, worth thousands of dollars.
  • Video
    Each student receives two digital recordings of
    their practice sessions, where they perform as session leaders in real, yet simulated conditions.

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The following is an outline for a typical presentation of this course. The sequence may vary due to our effort to continuously update course content and/or the specific requirements (and characteristics) of course participants. Register Now

FAST Fundamentals Agenda Outline

Day One

Group Basics

  • Criteria to decide when to use groups and factors that inhibit effective group work
  • Groups versus teams—characteristics and their impact
  • Projects and project management with groups—output versus outcome

Meeting Basics

  • Deciding whether to “team build” or not, and why (and how)
  • Explicit and implicit roles in group (meeting) settings
  • Seven characteristics of the optimal meeting
  • The basics of successful meeting design
  • When meetings are a waste of time

“New Age” Teams

  • Face-to-face versus virtual groups
  • Ideating and brainstorming tools
  • Integrating electronic communications into workshops
  • Managing side-band/out-of-band communications
  • Sharepoint, CoP, CoE, blogs, and email communication
  • Synthetic white boards
  • Virtual participants: teleconference and video-presence

You As Group (Meeting) Leader

  • Characteristics of effective workgroup leaders (and whether you possess them, and what to do if not)
  • Cognitive biases and rhetorical precision
  • Criteria to use to decide whether to lead your own meetings
  • Facilitation skills (eg, presenting, questioning, listening, challenging, neutrality)
  • Managing personality types and keeping groups on task
  • Your role as police person: attitude, conflict, content, context, method, quality, and timing

Immersion and Practice

  • Day one concludes with student-led practice sessions


Designing A Successful Meeting

  • 7 transparent but essential requirements before your meeting begins
  • Designing meeting rules and related energy boosters (when, why, and what to do)
  • Follow-up activities for you as team leader
  • Scheduling the proper time and setting for group meetings
  • Team member assignments and training your team members to participate effectively

Group Decision-making

  • Basics of decision-making and group decision-making behavior
  • Tools for group decision-making and what to absolutely avoid when making group decisions
  • Traceability in decisions (how to know what and how it happened)


  • Adding and removing members of groups
  • Preventing meeting sabotage
  • Time wasters in managing team meetings
  • What to do when the boss invites themselves into your meetings (or anyone else)

Immersion and Practice

  • Day two concludes with student led and recorded practice sessions along with an extensive two-page evaluation to provide holistic feedback that integrates with each student’s growth needs, projects, and organizational expectations


Assuring Successful Group Activities

  • Building schedules
  • Documentation sizzle
  • Group agreements about team progress and reviews
  • Team communication before, during, and after group meetings

Immersion and Practice

  • Day three includes a recorded Case-Study (Capstone) session and extensive three-page evaluation to provide holistic feedback that integrates with each student’s growth needs, projects, and organizational expectations




Public: The cost for this course is $2,250 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.

Please inquire for 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 Terrence Metz at 630-954-5882 or Register Now