Small Group Discussion Facilitation Training and Mastery
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Small Group Discussion Facilitation Training and Mastery

Become an Expert Facilitator and Master Leading Small Group Discussions, Communication, and Cultural Awareness
4.8 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
20 students enrolled
Created by Hassan Ghiassi
Last updated 7/2017
Price: $50
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Successfully lead a great 1 hour small group discussion with ease and minimum preparation
  • Ask better questions
  • Create a welcoming and safe environment for participants
  • Facilitate in a way that allows all participants to be involved and share their opinion
  • Think critically, listen, communicate, and improve cultural and self-awareness
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  • Computer speakers
  • A desire to be a better leader
  • Interest in facilitation
  • Desire to succeed

It's the goal of every educational system in the world to produce well-rounded citizens ready to engage and become leaders in our globalized world. Do you want to learn how to improve your leadership, critical thinking, public speaking, active listening, cultural intelligence, personal development, and communication skills?

If so, Mastering the art of Facilitation is right for you!

Become a master of leading small group discussions, understand what it means to be a process expert and learn how to use the skills from this course anywhere you find yourself in the world. Better yet, you will be able to create a community around leading discussions and have the ability to take yourself through your own journey of self-improvement and career success along the way.

This course is made up of everything a facilitator needs to know to find success in leading and organizing small group discussions at the office or at a local venue.

Hosting Small Group Discussions:

  • Creating an Environment
  • Picking a Venue

Mastering Facilitation Skills:

  • Instructors and Facilitators
  • Perfecting the Introduction
  • Leading the Discussion
  • The Epiphany Question Method
  • Ending the Discussion

Promoting Your Event:

  • Using Facebook
  • Other Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Create a Great Community

This course will teach you how to be more effective in all areas of your life.

Learning to Facilitate will completely change the way you approach business and personal situations.

What People Are Saying About Hassan and his courses:

"Very good and easy to understand content with good clarity on the overview and objectives. To be a good facilitator is definitely a challenge. This course provided essential insights as well as information on blind spots in facilitation along with tips on how to deal with them."

--Ram N.

"These instructional videos are concise, interesting and informative. I am 100% pleased with the information presented and will recommend it to my associates."

--Stacy McPherson

"Aristotle's Cafe provides a great place to have interesting conversations with people you might otherwise never even meet. A positive space to learn about the world, people's opinions and self-leadership. Hassan connects the group through excellent facilitation, which allows for great networking and continued conversation afterwards."

--Daniel J. McIsaac

“The instructor is teaching me about things I never knew before e.x. bodylanguage, how groups communicate, etc. I'm starting to see how I can improve my communication and seeing how other's communicate in a new way."

--Joe Graziano

"Great place to free your mind. I get to ask the questions that I have never asked myself before. Moreover, I get to know about me and other people better. It's so nice to know that you are not alone."

--Beau S. Tanapura

What am I going to get from this course?

  • The ability to successfully lead a great 1 hour small group discussion with ease and minimum preparation
  • Learn how to ask better questions
  • Improve your hosting skills, Master the ability to create a welcoming and safe environment for participants
  • Facilitate in a way that allows all participants to be involved and share their opinions
  • Improve your ability to think critically, listen, communicate, and improve cultural and self-awareness
  • Learn how to be a process expert
  • Improve your nonverbal skills, Learn body language by reading the participants movements and expressions
  • Increase your influence

Who is the target audience?
  • Individuals looking to improve their communication skills
  • People interested in studying/working outside of your home country
  • Individuals interested in Philosophy
  • Teachers
  • Business Owners
  • Public Speakers
  • Managers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Global Citizens
  • Focus Group Facilitators
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
The Foundations of Aristotle's Cafe
5 Lectures 10:38

Fully adaptable, skills that you can use for a lifetime, and a safe place to practice Facilitating. Everything you need to be an outstanding communicator, community builder, and leader.

Preview 03:49

Theory is nothing without action when it comes to learning how to better facilitate and communicate.

Preview 02:06

Why Aristotle has been chosen as the inspiration for this format.

Preview 02:04

Aristotle's Cafe is a safe place for people to come together and take part in democratic discussion.

Preview 00:59

Always remember the reason behind holding these types of discussions.

Aristotle's Cafe Values

Moving forward with a solid foundation

The Foundations of Aristotle's Cafe
4 questions
Hosting Small Group Discussions
3 Lectures 06:27

These tips will help with the overall experience participants have.

Creating an Environment

Location is one of the key elements in developing a loyal and consistent community.

Picking a Venue

Starting off as a great host will help very much throughout the discussion.

Advanced Hosting Tips

The elements to create a great environment and picking the correct venue.

Hosting Small Group Discussions
4 questions
Mastering Facilitation Skills
5 Lectures 26:20

Know the difference between the different styles and learn how to be an effective leader in any situation

Instructors and Facilitators

The ability to set the stage for discussion is one of the most important elements to becoming a great Facilitator.

Perfecting the Introduction

It's important to use non-verbal and verbal communication skills to master the art of Facilitation.

Leading the Discussion

After you learn this method you'll have the ability to deeply engage participants for the rest of your life.

Preview 06:20

Just like any good form of communication - ending strong will leave a lasting memory for the people involved in the discussion.

Ending the Discussion

You're on your way to mastering the art of Facilitation.

Becoming a Great Facilitator
6 questions
Promoting Your Event
4 Lectures 24:45

A quick overview of great tools you can use to promote.

Promoting Your Event Overview

Facebook is a wonderful FREE and easy to use tool. With close to 2,000,000,000,000 active users this is a great way to start things off.

Using Facebook to Promote Your Event and Create a Community

Promoting Your Event on Facebook

There are tools and websites outside of Facebook that can be highly beneficial to use.

Final Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Create a Great Community

Promoting Your Events
2 questions
Key Takeaways
1 Lecture 02:55

Now that you have the tools remember the values of Aristotle's Cafe and please let me know where you need more information and support. I will continue to add resources and help you achieve your goals.

Key Takeaways
BONUS SECTION: Advanced Techniques
5 Lectures 20:58

This lecture will help you make your introduction even more powerful and also handle late comers with ease.

Advanced Introduction Tips

Through the use of body language, specific questions, and respect even the toughest situations can turn out well.

Advanced Leading Techniques - Dealing with Aggression, Taking Power Away

This is a common question that new Facilitators struggle with. These tips should help you find a good balance.

Advanced: How Much Should Facilitators Affect the Discussion?

Some advanced tips for ending the discussion

Advanced - Ending with Epiphany

Advanced Body Language Techniques
BONUS SECTION: Fallacies and Faulty Reasoning
3 Lectures 08:09

Fallacies and/or illogical ways of thinking or arguing are only natural when you bring people from a variety of different backgrounds together. Learn how as a facilitator you can empower yourself and your participants to spot them.

Introduction to Fallacies

You will learn about Sweeping Generalizations and False Extremes.

1. Fallacies that Polarize

You will learn about False Analogies and Faulty Evidence or Misuse of Authority.

2. Fallacies that sneak up on You
4 Lectures 00:12
Aristotle's Cafe Logo and Business Card Documents

Aristotle's Cafe Discussion Templates

A variety of different Aristotle's Cafe session recordings.

Aristotle's Cafe Session Recordings

Aristotle's Cafe Structure
About the Instructor
Hassan Ghiassi
4.8 Average rating
9 Reviews
20 Students
1 Course
Communication Specialist and Entrepreneur

Hassan Ghiassi is one of the founders of Aristotle's Cafe and has brought this unique approach to small group discussion globally. Awarded by the National Communication Association for Experiential Learning in 2011, he continues to train others in leading small group discussions.

His goal is to help others improve their communication skills - taking the mystery out of creating engaging conversations, captivating speakers, and masterful leaders.

A lover of communication - he has found success living and working across three continents. Not only overcoming cultural and language barriers but finding a way to turn every situation into a positive one.

For more on his discussion methodology check out Aristotle's Cafe.