Tired of boring, frustrating and unproductive meetings?

Stop struggling to lead better meetings

Stop letting poor meetings delay your progress

Start getting better results!

Group leadership skills can be learned!
Our practical and interactive workshops can
help you make your world better
by changing your meetings -- for good!

We help leaders plan and/or lead
meetings, workshops and events with skill and confidence

Make your next meeting
more efficient, engaging and effective!

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These days, we need quick ways to
capture the big picture and choose next steps 

Here's a resource that can also help you
-- Identify leverage points

-- Help your team appreciate each other

-- Quickly adapt during times of change

Learn more and access the Ecocycle activity

Do it with a group or on your own

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Photo credits: Marcy Fortnow (left) and moi (right)


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Ecocycle: See the Big Picture. Choose Next Steps.
Living things – including projects and organizations – are in a constant flow of growth and renewal. The Ecocyle can help you view, organize, and prioritize what you are doing now and identify obstacles and opportunities for progress. Schedule a 1 hour demonstration free. Contact me to schedule this in December or the new year.

Simple and Effective Ways to Increase Engagement

In 60 to 90 minutes, your group will experience three versatile easy-to-learn activities that will increase participation in your meetings.  You can even choose the topic!  Simply use the contact form below to set up a time to discuss what you want your group to do. 


RestUP workshop for ALS caregivers
If you care for a person who lives with ALS, RestUP invites you to a free, 90-minute workshop about rest on January 11, 2023, from 2:30-4 PM CST. There is no preparation needed and you can join us online using your computer or phone. To learn more and sign up for the ALS caregiver workshop, visit this website.

NOTE: I'm assisting RestUP to create engaging and informative workshops about the value of rest. Contact RestUP you are interested in hosting a RestUp workshop tailored to your group (e.g., healthcare providers, educators, leadership team).. 

SAVE THE DATE!  Transitions and New Beginnings workshop
As a leader, you may help people through transitions such as changing family situations, losses, new jobs or health challenges. But what if YOU are the one navigating a life-changing transition? Let us walk with you for a few days as we explore what is happening, what it means for you and what may come next.


Your guides (Sandy Salvo and I) have been through major life transitions ourselves -- divorces, death of a child, major career changes, and relocation to name a few. We have come through them transformed and stronger. Our transitions have made us better leaders.  


During this in-person workshop, we will explore transitions by using art (no skill required!), gentle movement, conversation and more.  We'll stay at St. Anthony's Spirituality Center near Wausau, Wisconsin, over the weekend of March 3-5, 2023.  Registration opens soon! Sign up for announcements about this event. 


Looking for ideas to increase participation in your online meetings?

Access ten tips for inviting engagement online

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Photo credit: Kristian Angelo on Unsplash


Does your non-profit board need a jump start or some time away from urgent business?  An online or in-person retreat could help your board move forward with more clarity, connection and purpose. 


A pre-retreat assessment will help you identify your board's strengths and areas for improvement. Each board retreat covers the basics of board governance and one or two bottlenecks chosen by your board leaders. We end by co-creating a list of next steps which will move your board forward.  

If interested in breaking through your board's bottleneck, contact us

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I'm Barb Bickford, a meeting facilitator and educator

If you want to work collaboratively to reach your goals

I can help you, your group or your organization to
change meetings for good

-- that is, change both the process and results of your meetings 


Together, we can make your meetings

more efficient, effective, engaging and even fun! 


Curious about what I often use? 
Learn about my approach to consulting 

As a former staff scientist in the public sector, I saw how

poorly-led meetings led to lackluster results, 

 top-down decisions  could be challenged, delayed or sabotaged by people who felt left out, and
fear of conflict kept people from sharing their best ideas.
This created a lot of
unnecessary stress and, frankly,
our mission and our health suffered too

What the lack of effective collaboration

is doing to your mission and to you 
just isn't right!

Change your meetings for good!
1. Schedule your complimentary conversation below
2. Discover one thing you can do to address a meeting challenge
3. Take the next step toward better results

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