Facilitating with Finesse


Program Information

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 12 - September 15, 2022
Time: 6-8 p.m., MDT
Location: Online Via Zoom
Note: Class will not meet on August 16 and August 18, 2022.

Facilitating with Finesse in Today’s World (2022)

In today’s world, group conversation and collaboration are more important than ever before, and the demands on our time mandate that meetings be as efficient and productive as possible. This requires highly-skilled meeting design and facilitation to maximize the potential of the work that we do together.

Skilled meeting facilitation requires adeptness in three major areas:

  • Managing the Process
  • Managing the People
  • Managing the Information

To facilitate with finesse in today’s world, meeting facilitators must be proficient in designing and facilitating meetings regardless of whether those meetings are in-person, online or hybrid.

This nine week, 36-hour live online training will include vital tools, techniques, and understandings for designing meetings and facilitating groups (large & small) in-person, online and in a hybrid format. There will be demonstrations and coached practice sessions interspersed throughout the training.

Fees & Discounts

Participants will learn to:

  • Design meetings that efficiently accomplish the meeting objectives
  • Engage meeting participants with a wide variety of techniques
  • Create an arena of productive collaboration
  • Skillfully manage groups of three to 300
  • Harvest the meeting work product into highly usable content to perpetuate productivity after the meeting

As an added benefit, upon completion of this training participants can contact Kathleen directly to receive 3 hours of private coaching on meeting design and participant management.

Who can benefit from this training?

  • Leaders in organizations
  • Board Chairs
  • Educators
  • Mediators
  • Volunteer Coordinators
  • Current or aspiring professional facilitators
  • Anyone who works with groups of people

This training is endorsed by: New Mexico First, who conduct large-scale facilitated Town Hall meetings throughout New Mexico., and the City of Albuquerque Land Use Facilitation Program.

Attendance Requirement

Participants must attend 16 of the 18 two-hour sessions to receive a certificate of completion.


“It is one of the most beneficial trainings I have ever attended. Useful for understanding and dealing with people in addition to facilitation techniques.”

“You are a powerful, grounded woman who knows the information well and conveys it in a clear, organized manner.”

“Well-organized, focused, includes plenty of opportunity for interaction and practice, with plenty of absorbable information.”

“Kat is a patient, articulate, well-informed facilitator and trainer that will only bring progress to you.”

“Your style and energy are consistently inspiring, and for me, it was a big learning experience. I loved it!”

“Stimulating, memorable and useful!”

About the Instructor

Kathleen Oweegon is the founder of Bridges of Peace, providing facilitation, training, communication coaching and mediation services throughout the U.S. and around the world. She is the host of the weekly podcast, “Co-creating Peace”, which focuses on conscious communication and conflict transformation, and can be heard on all podcast providers and at: www.bridgesofpeace.com/podcast-co-creating-peace.

A professional facilitator since 2001, Kathleen facilitates Strategic Planning and Teambuilding sessions for several government agencies, as well as for private organizations and non-profits throughout the U.S. She has facilitated numerous Town Halls for New Mexico First, supporting stakeholders in arriving at consensus on controversial issues that affect the State of New Mexico and its residents, such as Education Reform, Watershed Restoration, Health Care Reform, Transportation and Energy, to name a few.

In 2014 and 2015, Kathleen was Lead Facilitator of a team of eight facilitators for the Albuquerque Collaborative on Police/Community Relations – a 7-month series of 20 dialogues involving community members and members of law enforcement.

In 2008, she co-authored “Facilitating with Finesse” – a 30-hour facilitation training. In response to recent changes in the way people gather, Kathleen has expanded this training to include an additional 6-hour module on facilitating virtual and hybrid meetings.