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Free Resources

Creating and sharing useful, inspiring, and fun information about group facilitation is an essential element of IIFAC’s mission. We are continuously adding to the free resources shown here. Please send us your comments and suggestions.

Practical Advice

Facilitation is a leadership skill.


Facilitation is a Leadership Skill

A short article that contains a checklist of the skills that leaders need to be effective group facilitators and some practical suggestions for developing them.

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A Global Challenge


Creating Meetings that Matter: A Global Challenge

This multi-lingual webinar is presented in English with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish and French. The PowerPoint presentation describes three powerful strategies that anyone who CONVENES, ATTENDS or FACILITATES meetings anywhere in the world can use to:

  • Stop wasting time and talent in meetings.
  • Justify the opportunity cost of bringing people together.
  • Produce results that surprise, delight and lead to action.



Fearless Facilitator checklist


Fearless Facilitator Checklist

Use this tool to identify areas in which you could boost your confidence and credibility as a facilitator

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Add value to your checklist, watch this webinar now The Fearless Facilitator: How to cope with complicated clients, difficult participants and get paid what you deserve.


From Tedious to Terrific: Seven Action Steps to transform your meetings NOW


From Tedious to Terrific: Seven Action Steps to Transform Your Meetings NOW

This guide describes seven practical steps you can take to build the case for transforming the meetings that are draining time and energy from your group.

Remember: Complaining about unproductive, boring meetings is easy. Changing dysfunctional meeting habits requires action.

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Guide to Excellent Meetings


Guide to Excellent Meetings at Work

Too many meetings are a waste of time – both of the leaders that convene them and the participants who suffer through them. This free guide focuses on five common mistakes that make meetings boring and unproductive and provides leaders with practical strategies for transforming meetings and creating more effective teams at work.

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Guide to Consensus


Guide to Consensus

A clear explanation of what consensus is about, the success factors for its use and four common mistakes that undermine their effectiveness.

Consensus can be confusing – is it a process? a result? appropriate for any group?
This 8-page guide will clarify your doubts and help you decide if consensus is makes sense in your context.

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Coffee Break


Coffee Break

IIFAC’s monthly bulletin provides astute advice for dealing with common facilitation challenges, as well as news of upcoming courses and other timely messages from Beatrice Briggs.

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The Facilitator’s Prayer


The Facilitators Prayer



This heartfelt, funny, non-denominational oration by Samantha Bennett captures the essence of what we faciltators need, want, fear and welcome. If you work with groups, you will resonate with this plea for help! Available in English or Spanish.

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Posters


Cancel bad meetings



Cancel Bad Meetings

Cancel bad meetings is a convenient guide to deciding if the conditions are in place to have a productive meeting. Created by our colleagues at Lucid Meetings, this poster should be on the wall in every meeting room!

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Stop Wasting Time in Meetings



Wasted Time in Meetings

This infographic shows how time is wasted in meetings and what to do about it.

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IIFAC’s Hidden Agenda



IIFAC’s Hidden Agenda

Print this and post it on your wall to show your solidarity with the cause!

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Both posters combine well with our free Guide to Excellent Meetings at Work!

Videos and Interviews

What do Facilitators Do?


What Do Facilitators Do?

This illustrated video that uses simple language and charming illustrations to explain just what we facilitators do!

In only 4 minutes this video describes the three principal dimensions of the facilitator´s job in terms that that your friends, colleagues, clients – even your relatives – can understand.
Use it when training or making presentations. Available in various languages.

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Coffee Break Webinars


Coffee Break Webinars

This free, three-part series features Valerie Patrick and Beatrice Briggs discussing the misconceptions, necessary skills and benefits of professional group facilitation. Use these bilingual (English-Spanish) sessions to stimulate your own thinking, and to spark interesting conversations with colleagues. Register now and receive the links to the recordings and the accompanying slide deck for each session.




Help! Our Meetings Need Facilitation


Help! Our Meetings Need Facilitation!

In this new, free webinar, Help! Our Meetings Need Facilitation, Beatrice Briggs dispels some of the mystery and misconceptions that surround the role of the facilitator and shares five practical actions that will transform your meetings from sinkholes of wasted time and shared misery to opportunities for dynamic collaboration.




The Language of Conflict


The Language of Conflict: Personal Development and the Stories We Tell

Ben summarizes the webinar content with these words: Conflict looks and feels differently depending on how we perceive the world around us. In this webinar we will explore conflict from the perspective of three mindsets, based on adult developmental stages.

Don’t forget to download the webinar materials here.


The Fearless Facilitator


The Fearless Facilitator: How to Cope With Complicated Clients, Difficult Participants and Get Paid What You Deserve

This webinar offers coaching for facilitators (and other leaders who get caught in the cross-fire of group dynamics) in an personalized, 1:1 service that can be scaled to your needs and budget.

Our intention is to:

  • boost your confidence and credibility as a facilitator
  • transform your challenges into opportunities
  • increase the effectiveness of your work with groups

Don’t forget to download your Fearless Facilitator checklist


Consensus forced me to grow


Three Ways That Consensus Process Forced Me to Grow

Consensus demands a lot from those who practice it. The process itself requires us to change some of the bad habits —vices really— that get in the way of reaching agreement with others.

In this short video Beatrice Briggs describes three personal challenges that she had to overcome in order to participate effectively in consensus decision-making processes.

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Bonfire Interviews


Bonfire Interviews

Colleagues share their personal stories about how they got into the field and discuss how they approach certain facilitation challenges. Through their wealth of experience, you will deepen your understanding of what it means to be a facilitator and get new ideas about how to work effectively with groups.

The ten interviews (5 in English, 5 in Spanish) are available as videos and audio files. Each lasts approximately 30 minutes,

We call this series “The Bonfire Interviews” because our guests all contributed to The Bonfire Collection: a Complete Reference Guide to Facilitation and Change.

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