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Introduction to Facilitation Online

Martin Gilbraith

Wednesday, 8 July 2020 from 10:30 to 13:00 (BST)

Introduction to Facilitation Online

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Full rate
For private & public sector organisations
7 Jul 2020 £95.00 £0.00
For voluntary organisations & independent professionals
7 Jul 2020 £65.00 £0.00
Please take advantage of the concessionary rate if you are unwaged or have lost your income due to COVID-19
7 Jul 2020 £25.00 £0.00

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Introducing the role of the facilitator and the ToP approach, plus some key tips & tools, online (2.5 hours)



Promoting inclusion in online facilitation



“Inclusive, efficient, fruitful and meaningful were only some of the words used by participants to evaluate the meeting… Thanks to the excellent preparation and facilitation of Martin (although within an incredible tight time frame due to the covid19 crisis) we managed to have an excellent online meeting with 100+ Amnesty-delegates from across the region, bringing us together in a spirit of solidarity, shared purpose and common determination.”  

Wies De Graeve, Directeur bij Amnesty International Vlaanderen – April 16, 2020



Who this course is for

This online training session draws on elements of standard ICA:UK ‘ToP’ courses including Introduction to Group FacilitationMeetings That Work and Group Facilitation Methods, adapted to an online learning environment and to application in online facilitation.

The session is for all those who want to be able to engage people more effectively and inclusively, especially online, including team leaders and managers within organisations, those working with Boards, management teams, partnerships and external stakeholders, youth and community workers and independent facilitators.

The session has no pre-requisite. It is suitable for those seeking an online introduction to facilitation, and for those seeking an introduction to online facilitation.  Those who have prior training or experience in ICA’s Technology of Participation may gain additional insights into the application of that particular approach online.

IAF members enjoy a special 10% discount - see Exclusive Offers for IAF Members.



 Questions this course answers

“What does a facilitator do, really, and how does that apply in an online setting? How can I best select and apply tools & methods to support my groups to achieve their aims together online? What else do I need to take into account before, during and between sessions, in order to make them engaging, inclusive and effective?”

What you will gain

By the end of the course, you will

  • have experienced some key facilitation tools and methods in the context of an online session - including ZoomMentimeter and Jamboard and the ToP (ORID) Focused Conversation method
  • have explored three dimensions of the role of the facilitator in online meetings and workshops, in relation to your own experience and challenges
  • have gained tips & tools that can make your online sessions more engaging, inclusive and effective, and identified opportunities for your own further learning
  • have gained confidence to apply key insights in your own practice, and connections with others for mutual learning and support.

The Technology of Participation (ToP) is an approach pioneered and refined by ICA in over 50 years of experience worldwide. This is a proven system of methods and tools that can be adapted and applied to help all sorts of groups accomplish a wide variety of tasks together. The core values of the ToP approach, which inform all of my work, are inclusive participation, teamwork and collaboration, individual and group creativity, ownership and action, reflection and learning.

The Focused Conversation method provides a structured, four-level process for effective communication which ensures that everyone in a group has the opportunity to participate.

Learning style

The session will present methods, tools & tips in a practical and participatory way. The ToP Focused Conversation method and other tools & tips will be first demonstrated, and then talked through in presentation with Q&A. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to consider what they can apply and how they can continue their learning.

Slides shared during the session will be made available for future reference, along with a video recording of the session and other outputs including chat text and poll results.

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For further details

Please contact me with any questions or for further details. For in-house and tailored training, see ToP facilitation training at your place – and free places for you! and please contact me.



Transfers and Cancellations policy


Course cancellation – with 10 days’ notice. Please note, we reserve the right to cancel any course with no less than 10 working days’ notice, without liability for any consequential or indirect loss. In this case, we will let you know by email and refund your booking with no charge.


Booking cancellation – with over 15 days’ notice. If you let us know by email more than 15 working days before your course, then we can refund your booking less an administration charge of 10% of the course fee.


Booking cancellation – with 15 days’ notice or less. Unless you let us know by email more than 15 working days before your course, we regret that we cannot cancel your booking. In this case the full fee for the course will remain payable and no refund will be made.  Also if for any reason you fail to attend a course that you have booked, the full fee for the course will remain payable and no refund will be made. We are, however, happy to transfer your booking to an alternative participant to attend the course that you have booked in your place. Please let us know as early as you can if you will be unable to attend, and if another delegate will attend instead.


Full payment must be received more than 10 working days before a course to guarantee your place.

Do you have questions about Introduction to Facilitation Online? Contact Martin Gilbraith

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