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 the world a better place by
changing your meetings -- for good!
Do your meetings need a boost?
Access tips that can help you encourage
people to engage more online
WAITING LIST IS OPEN:
Open Minds: Learn, Work and Achieve More Together
How can open-mindedness help us and our groups? This workshop includes lively sessions on zoom and a self-paced online course on the OpenMind Platform, an evidence-based approach to practice constructive dialogue.
Learn more and get on the waiting list.
SCHEDULE NOW FOR YOUR GROUP:
Simple and Effective Ways to Increase Engagement
in Any Meeting or Training
In 60 to 90 minutes, your group will experience three versatile easy to learn activities that encourage people to talk more and share their good ideas on a topic of your choice. Simply use the contact form to set up a time to discuss what's possible.
REGISTER NOW THROUGH SUMMER OF 2022:
Faith-Filled Meetings (or how to avoid meetings from hell)
Enhance your personal leadership in faith communities by learning skills that are both wholistic and practical. Find the balance between building relationships and accomplishing the business of your faith community. Learn to welcome conflict and activate more engagement in your meetings!
This highly-participatory course includes both individual study (September - mid-November, 2022) and online classes held on two weekends (Sept 30-Oct 1 and Nov 11-12, 2022). Learn more and register at The Damascus Project Network
Does your non-profit board need a jump start or some time away from urgent business?
I'm currently collaborating with Trina Walker of TLW Strategy to offer online retreats that could help your board move forward.
Each 2.5 hour board retreat covers basics of board governance, addresses 1-2 issues chosen by the board members and co-creates a list of next steps for the board to act on. A pre-retreat assessment will help you identify your board's strengths and areas for more work. If interested -- contact us!
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I'm Barb Bickford, a meeting facilitator, educator & scientist
I primarily serve people who aim to improve public
health and the environment
If you want to work collaboratively to reach your goals
I can help you, your group or your organization
change meetings for good TM
-- that is, change both the process and results of your meetings
Together, we can make your meetings
more efficient, effective, engaging and even fun!
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,
the environment and public health suffered too.
What the lack of effective collaboration
is doing to public health and the environment
and to you just isn't right!
Our participants were extremely grateful for the concrete skills and frameworks they learned from Barb for how to lead better meetings.
Rev. Dr. Tisha Brown,
Co-Director, The Damascus Project
Barb's strongest asset is her ability to facilitate and effectively manage meetings and groups. She also excels in training teams and collaborating with others to resolve issues.
William Herrick, Environmental Services Professional (retired)
Barb helped me create
five interactive online workshops. Her supportive demeanor and generosity were a true godsend!
With Barb’s guidance, my workshops were well-received -- the participants loved them!
Dee Relyea, M. Ed., SoulCollage(R) Facilitator
Barb brings a unique and effective set of skills and enthusiasm to any project she tackles.
No matter what the challenge, you can always count on Barb to deliver!
Steve Brachman, Waste Management Specialist, (retired) University of Wisconsin Extension
What do you want?
Confidence (support for you)
Results & trust (support for your group)
Engagement (meeting design)
Leadership (facilitation done for you)
I can help guide you
Online, I work with English-speakers anywhere
(and I can read basic Spanish and French)
In person, I work primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin
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Photo credit: Jason Luhmann
Stop wasting time in meetings
Start making a real difference
Be an effective collaborative leader