Upcoming Events


Hosting 101: The Basics of the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter

When: October 9, 2014; 8:30 arrival and continental breakfast; 9:00 – 4:00 program
Who: Beginners or AoH practitioners who want to review the basics of hosting.
Where: Normal, IL
Download: FWM Fall Workshops Flyer

This learning experience is an introduction (or review) of basic art of hosting concepts and practices. More than a general introduction, this is a practical, experiential workshop that will expand your understanding of what it means to host and how it relates to the way you lead in your community or organization. We’ll look at some of the underlying assumptions and principles of hosting as well as fundamental practices that you can begin to use right away. We’ll also explore the difference between hosting and facilitating and when each is most helpful.

  • Gain new insight into how to engage others in meaningful conversations that promote shared understanding, engagement, and sustained collective action.
  • Explore the basic relationship between leadership and hosting
  • Learn the difference between hosting and facilitating
  • Expand your toolkit with core hosting concepts and practices

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Hosting 201: Deepening Your Hosting Practice

When: October 23-24, 2014
Thursday: 9:30 arrival and continental breakfast; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm program
Friday: 8:00 am arrival and continental breakfast; 8:30 – 3:30 pm program
Who: AoH practitioners who want to deepen their skill.
Where: Normal, IL
Download: FWM Fall Workshops Flyer

This learning experience is an opportunity to deepen your art of hosting practice. Hosting is considered a practice because it requires intentional and ongoing effort to be skillful. We will explore key concepts, skills, and practices related to each of the first three folds of the 4-Fold Practice Model: Hosting yourself (knowing yourself and being present), being hosted (being skillful at conversation), and hosting others (creating the conditions for collective wisdom, shared understanding, deep engagement, and wise coordinated action).

  • Explore the inner work of being a host
  • Examine how your beliefs about leadership influence your hosting practice
  • Learn key dialogue concepts and skills that shift conversations in productive ways
  • Identify essential ways of thinking, being, and doing that are central for hosting

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Other Workshop Offerings

  • Hosting Conversations that Matter using Dialogue-based Methods
  • Getting to Shared Understanding and Collaborative Innovation through Dialogue
  • Designing Meetings for Engagement and Action
  • Leadership for an Evolving World

Contact me to learn more about these workshops and how to bring one to your area. or 847-910-3883