ToP Facilitation Methods

The ToP® Facilitation Methods developed by the ICA have been successfully implemented in hundreds of corporate, non-profit and governmental organizations around the world since 1973.

ToP® Facilitation Methods Course

In this cornerstone course, participants learn three proven processes for activating group participation, gain hands-on experience practicing them, and explore ways of applying them to their specific situations:

The Focused Conversation Method is a structured process that helps you plan and facilitate an effective exchange of ideas. It actively involves every member of a group, even when the topic is sensitive and emotionally charged. Using this tool you can heighten your effectiveness in facilitating group discussions that enhance awareness, understanding and communication. You’ll learn how to:

  • Conduct purposeful, productive meetings and discussions
  • Quickly capture a group’s best thinking
  • Surface new ideas and solutions
  • Ask questions that stimulate candid feedback and discussion

The Consensus Workshop Method energizes problem solving and builds active participation and teamwork. It promotes creativity and productively channels diverse ideas into consensus decisions that everyone can own and support. You’ll learn how to:

  • Tap rational and intuitive thought processes
  • Integrate diverse ideas
  • Generate practical and creative solutions
  • Develop group consensus

The Action Planning Method combines the Focused Conversation and Consensus Workshop Methods. It enables you to quickly pull together an effective plan, organize needed resources, and mobilize group energy into action. You’ll learn how to:

  • Visualize a successful result
  • Analyze the current reality
  • Create a practical plan
  • Maximize group commitment and involvement

Who Should Take This Course?

This course benefits anyone involved in leading, facilitating or participating in teams, including: executive directors, managers, supervisors, team leaders, organization development and training professionals, human resources practitioners, professional consultants and facilitators, and members of traditional teams or self-directed work teams. Our clients include corporations in diverse industries, non-profit organizations, government agencies, healthcare organizations and educational institutions.