Facilitation and Group Consensus Building

In this core facilitation skills workshop, participants master the techniques and skills necessary to professionally structure, facilitate, and build consensus during meetings, conferences, and multi-party decision-making groups. Effective group collaboration is a key 21st century skill set.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the decision-making process and group dynamics that influence it
  • Identify the role of the facilitator
  • Identify steps needed to prepare for and conduct a group meeting
  • Apply communication tools and skills to successfully facilitate the process
  • Develop an understanding of the use of a solution seeking model in building consensus


Course Agenda

Day 1

Dynamics of Group Decision-Making
Facilitator Role and Tools
Solution-Seeking Model: Preparation
Solution-Seeking Model: 
Understanding the issues

Day 2

Communication Skills for Facilitators
Solution-Seeking Model: Generating and evaluating options
Solution-Seeking Model: Reaching agreement


About the Instructor
Tracey Cairnie, MS, PCC
Tracey Pilkerton Cairnie is a certified mediator/mentor, facilitator, coach, trainer, and public participation specialist. Tracey has over twenty years experience in developing and implementing a variety of communication and alternative dispute resolution programs, workshops and seminars. She provides services and training to a variety of government agencies (federal, state and local), businesses (profit and non-profit), universities, communities, families, and individuals.Tracey is also an adjunct-professor at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution teaching mediation, collaborative communication, and negotiation skills. She holds a MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching Program.