Modules & support
Join a series of targeted modules, consisting of 2 hour online workshops every week for 4 weeks, followed by the debrief session for support and positive improvements.
RapidConsensus is made up of 4 modules, teaching you respected methods and techniques to facilitate effective meetings and expand into leading small to large group meetings, face to face and virtually.
Module 1: delves into learning the all important skill of outcome thinking
Module 2: engages the skill of active listening that everyone agrees to
Module 3: shares the process for successful facilitation across teams of 2 to 7 people
Module 4: develops these skills to reach consensus across a broader team up to 30 people
The course is designed to be highly practical, with the aim to encourage you to use what you have learnt and apply these skills in a real world setting. To achieve this the course also provides the added benefit of building and sharing learning experiences.
Mastering & sharing skills
Debrief: valuable session held a month later to share progress and tips for improvement
Community of practice: become part of the community, continue to build knowledge and skills through insight sessions.
‘The facilitation course concepts were easy to grasp, and the breakout groups were a great opportunity to practice the learnings.
Highly recommend for anyone who needs to solve problems.’
The overall structure across the modules focuses on the RapidConsensus model.
The model provides a simple framework, which focuses on understanding the process, learning the skills and applying these within the right environment for optimal group dynamics.
The course teaches you the dynamic Four Seasons process. This recognises people enter the room in different mental seasons. For example, some people don’t even understand the issue while others are already at the solution and action stage.
The only way to engage the collective intelligence of the group is to wind back to the beginning to get everyone at the same starting point and then collectively move the group through the four mental seasons in a structured way.
Skills & environment
Creative and constructive dialogues are free flowing, idea mapping allows you to capture the essence of these powerful conversations and not hinder the flow. The resulting map shows the facts, relationships, and threads from where they came.
Surprisingly little listening actually goes on when people are talking in groups. You have to have exceptionally good listening skills to make sure the whole group benefits from the collective knowledge in the room.
People have different interacting styles and in order to create a ‘level playing field’ you need to be able
to read people’s styles and make it feel safe for them to engage freely in the dialogue.
The environment people interact in has a significant impact on the quality of the dialogue. It is important therefore to know how to set up a room that removes the barriers to constructive conversations and maximises the group’s outcome.