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April 13, 2017

Purdue Extension workshop helps build facilitation skills

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension is offering a three-day workshop for both new and experienced leaders, administrators, facilitators and graduate students who would like to develop or improve their facilitation skills. The workshop, originally developed by Michigan State University Extension, provides a hands-on learning experience through fast-paced interactive tool-building activities and practical application in small groups. It is designed to build and strengthen the skills and personal confidence necessary to lead and facilitate productive meetings.

The Facilitative Leadership workshop will take place at the Canyon Inn at McCormick’s Creek State Park, a scenic retreat location in southern Indiana, on June 26-28. The course also includes an introductory webinar.

During this retreat-style workshop, participants will practice leadership strategies using the tools, techniques and verbal skills necessary to lead group discussions, reach consensus, set outcome-based goals, and use flip charts and other recording tools. Process tools for brainstorming, analyzing ideas, decision-making, and planning will be shared. Each participant will plan and lead a 45-minute, small group facilitation and receive broad suggestions for improvement from workshop instructors and colleagues.

The cost of this training is $595 and includes all meals and materials. Hotel reservations may be made separately with the Canyon Inn for a reduced group rate.

For more information or to register, visit:  If you have questions about the program or need assistance, contact Kym Schwinkendorf at 219-386-5232 or

Writer: Kym Schwinkendorf, 219-386-5232,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;
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