The Creative, Original Facilitator Workshop

Be at Ease Creating, Improvising, and Adapting in the Moment.
Design Compelling, Original Content for Full-On Participant Engagement.

Saturday, October 15  •  9:30am-4:00pm  •  Washington, DC


Fun Full-day Workshop

This workshop is for professional facilitators, trainers, OD practitioners, coaches, consultants, educators, and anyone else who wants to bring more of your own creativity and originality into your facilitation and activity design in purposeful ways - especially if you want to facilitate the creativity of your participants.

Use Your Creativity to Create a Memorable, One-of-a-Kind Learning Experience for Your Participants!

This program focuses on YOU as a uniquely creative individual, and using your unique creativity to create compelling, original, engaging content for your particpants. Effectively getting groups to open to experiential creative approaches begins with increasing your comfort, ease, and flexibility with your own creativity...and owning it! :-)

"Michelle has a delightful ability to coach, teach and transform her audience all in one workshop. From the first moment to the closing activity, we absorbed her teachings in a way that will improve and inspire our own facilitation abilities." ~ Linda Warren, spring workshop participant

In this workshop, we will focus on:

•  being a more creative, adaptive, original, resilient, engaging, and fun facilitator and experience designer
•  feeling more comfortable thinking and creating on your feet in the moment
•  discovering and using your unique creative gifts, skills, and talents to design and create original,
   captivating content and experiences
•  meeting the unexpected as a game and bouncing back light heartedly when things go awry
•  letting go of controls and mindsets that otherwise inhibit your creative thinking and a group’s potential
•  having fun (and making things fun for others)

You will learn how to:

•  quickly and easily engage participants
•  be at ease shifting your agenda in real time to meet what’s really happening in the room
•  use the group to help co-create your way out of “mistakes” into what’s most useful and alive for them
•  create or modify activities for the particular group and learning objectives
•  draw forth the energy, passion, and assets of your participants - and keep them engaged!
•  cultivate the attitudes and behaviors for using creative approaches
•  create a safe, vibrant and receptive learning environment
- while reducing resistance (yours and theirs)

We’ll explore lively pre-workshop rituals to prepare yourself to be creative, agile and adaptive in the room; and principles and practices for creative engagement in your workshop facilitation and design. Please note: This workshop is not an intro to facilitation - it is for those who already have facilitation and workshop design basics.

You will experience a variety of vibrant whole-brain activities based in storytelling, improvisational theater, visual imagery, somatics/movement, accelerated learning, ritual, inquiry, applied creativity methods, and more! And, you’ll get to practice creating your own original activities or modifying existing ones in ways that are unique, effective, and relevant for you...and meet your particpant's objectives!

Leave with:

•  a process for actualizing your creativity on an ongoing basis
•  increased comfort, confidence and ease thinking and creating on your feet in real time
   and increased resilience in the face of the unexpected
•  techniques to use beyond the workshop setting to create your original content
•  methods to increase participant engagement quickly and easily
•  whole brain creative practices to use with yourself and others
•  and....a new group of friends, colleagues and potential collaborators

Saturday, October 15. 9:30am-4:00pm. At the Center for Movement Theatre, conveniently located at 4321 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (entrance on Windom Place).
Registration: $207. Last day to register is October 13.

Groups that co-create together in a fun, safe space tend to bond quickly - and people bond in these workshops! This is from a few of the last workshop's participants:

"Thank you for an information-packed, fun-filled Saturday." ~ M.C.
"Thank each of you for the gift you brought to today's session and shared with so much abundance and creative abandon.
 I thoroughly enjoyed myself  and really learnt lots!" ~ A. K.
"Thanks for bringing us together in such a fun, stimulating way!' ~ M.R.
"Thanks for an inspiring workshop." ~ M.S.
"It was a pleasure and lovely mix of energy in the room. Thank you for a wonderful learning experience." ~ J.G.
"What a huge gift! Thank each of you for showing up with such love, openness and vulnerability." ~ C.G.

To Sign Up:  Click the "Buy Now" button for online credit card payment OR email info@creativeemergence.com for mailing information to send a check.

Questions? Call Michelle at 434-995-5077 or send an email to info@creativeemergence.com

Designed and facilitated by Michelle James
, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence. This workshop is based on discoveries and learnings from two decades of studying, facilitating and designing Applied Creativity, Improvisation, and Storytelling workshops for individuals, teams and organizations including Microsoft, Panasonic, Dominos, John Deere, Kaiser Permanente, PBS, Deloitte, Geico, World Bank, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, NIH, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Search for Common Ground, Clean Air Institute and many others  (see client page). Michelle serves as adjunct faculty for the Federal Executive Institute, where she leads ongoing applied improv and creativity workshops for agency leaders and policy makers. She also coaches entrepreneurs, consultants, and facilitators in using their creativity to design their original approaches, products, services, and activities (see bio page). She integrates whole-brain, arts-based, highly experiential (and fun!) learning with a grounded, practical framework into every workshop. 

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