Project Management Institute

New - The Power of Coaching and Facilitation with Maria Fafard


Topics: Leadership Development | Leading Project Teams | Motivation

Did you know that coaching and facilitation skills are essential for motivating and engaging your project team? Join us for this highly interactive, in-depth seminar and learn how using these key skills will enable you to take your team’s performance to new heights. The seminar dives deep into coaching and facilitation competencies and their application in a project management context.

Our focus will be on enabling you to develop and practice active listening, powerful questioning, direct communication, and designing actions skills as well as guiding the group to consensus and desired outcomes skills since these coaching and facilitation skills are vital for a successful project manager. You will learn to empower and inspire your team members; to design, prepare for, and facilitate meetings that consistently achieve results; and to boost your team’s productivity and collaboration.

The session relies on extensive use of hands-on exercises and storytelling and you will have ample opportunity to practice your newly acquired skills via individual and group exercises, simulations, and role play.  Upon completion of this seminar you will leverage coaching and facilitation skills to make a greater impact in your organization, to increase productivity, engagement, and communication on your project team. What might be even more exciting, applying these competencies will help you to empower transformation of individuals, teams, and organizations as well as to facilitate your own personal growth, development and career advancement.

What You Will Learn

  • Be able to coach project team members using coaching skills such as active listening, powerful questioning, direct communication, designing actions
  • Be able to design effective meetings
  • Be able to facilitate effective meetings by using facilitation skills such as guiding the group to consensus and desired outcomes
  • Understand the distinction between coaching, mentoring, and training; and enrich your leadership toolkit by adding coaching module to it
  • Recognize relevance and power of coaching to create business impact in project management context

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.
Technical Leadership Strategic Total
CAPM / PMP / PgMP 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-ACP 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-SP 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-RMP 0 14 0 14.00
PfMP 0 14 0 14.00
PMI-PBA 0 14 0 14.00
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Seminar Instructor(s)


Maria Fafard PMP

Maria Fafard is an executive coach, facilitator and speaker who is passionate about helping leaders, teams and organizations reach their full potential. She is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), and a graduate of a Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Drawing on two decades of experience in Technology, Finance, and Consulting, including Fortune 100 experience, she coaches executives and high potential employees and delivers coaching in cohort-based leadership development programs.

Maria sees coaching as a powerful tool of transformation, and works with leaders to co-create a reality of fulfillment, meaning, and growth for them and the people they lead. Maria specializes in transformational coaching, partnering with clients to discern their core values and reorient their life and career around them; to uncover blind spots; and to find new perspectives. Typical engagements address executive development in the areas of self-awareness, servant leadership, executive presence, mindfulness, articulating an authentic personal brand, building relationships, and accelerating personal growth.

Maria holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics and certifications including ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching and Team Facilitation (ICP-ACC and -ATF), Leadership Circle Profile, Myers-Briggs (MBTI) Steps I and II, Personalysis, CSM, CSPO, CSP, SPM/PO, and PMP®. She is passionate about her work and frequently speaks on topics of coaching, facilitation, thought leadership, and personal branding at conferences and events.

Preliminary Course Outline

DAY 1:

  • Value of coaching in project management context
  • Coaching 101
    • What coaching is and what it is not
    • Distinction between directive and non-directive coaching
  • Core ICF Coaching Competencies
    • Setting the foundation
    • Co-creating the relationship
    • Communicating effectively-Facilitating learning and results
  • Coaching tools
    • Transformational vs. transactional coaching-Active listening
    • Presence-Powerful questions
    • Observations and intuition-Language, energy, richness, and depth
    • Shifts in perspective
  • Coaching process: leading a coaching session
  • Coaching certifications, classes and professional organizations


  • Value of facilitation in project management context
  • Facilitation 101
    • What facilitation is and what it is not: training vs. facilitation.
  • Core Facilitator Competencies
  • Facilitation tools
    • “Start with Why”: What’s the desired outcome?
    • Start on the right note
    • Manage the energy in the room
    • Manage the time
    • Manage that one (or two or three!) “challenging” participants-Use facilitation tools/materials (flipcharts, post-its, voting dots, etc.)
    • Use facilitation techniques (ice breaker, brainstorming, consensus building, Round-Robin, etc.)
  • Facilitation process
    • Design and Prepare
    • Open-Facilitate
    • Close-Follow Up
  • Facilitating Project Meetings
  • Agile Facilitation
  • Advancing your knowledge and career:
    • Certifications-Classes
    • Professional organizations  

Course Information

2 Days
20 - 21 July 2020

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