Project Management Institute

NEW - The Power of Virtual Meeting Facilitation for Project Managers with Maria Fafard


Topics: Business Skill Enhancement | Leadership Development | Communication and Presentation Skills | Conflict Management

An ability to design and facilitate an effective and engaging project meeting has always been a vital skill for successful project managers. Your ability to facilitate virtual meetings and to engage and motivate your team members and stakeholders are especially important today, as we are wrestling with the challenges of our collective new reality amidst the pandemic. 

Do you spend your days in endless online meetings where the goals are not accomplished, and the participants are left disengaged? It doesn't have to be this way! Join us for this highly interactive, in-depth course and learn how to design, prepare for, and facilitate meetings that consistently achieve results, engage and inspire participants virtually, and boost your team’s productivity and collaboration powers. The course dives deep into virtual facilitation competencies and their application in a project management context. You will develop and practice skills such as guiding the group to consensus and target outcomes, learn to use rich virtual engagement tools, and learn about the importance of mindset as you step into the role of a virtual facilitator. 

The session relies on extensive use of hands-on exercises and storytelling; you will have ample opportunity to practice your newly acquired skills via individual and group exercises, simulations, and role play.  Your learning experience is gamified and uses competitions, quizzes, and surveys to maximize interactivity and learning. Upon completion of this seminar, you will leverage facilitation skills to make a greater impact in your organization and increase productivity, engagement, and communication on your project team. What might be even more exciting, applying these competencies will help you empower transformation of teams and organizations.

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What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Design and prepare for effective virtual meetings
  • Facilitate effective virtual meetings by using facilitation skills such as guiding the group to consensus and desired outcomes
  • Know tools, techniques and mindset of a successful virtual facilitator

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 / Agile* 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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*Please note that the asterisked row above applies to all PMI Agile certifications, this includes DASM, DASSM, DAVSC and DAC.

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.

Course Information

2 Days
12 - 13 October 2021


Member Price
(US$1456.00 before 30 August)
Non-Member Price
(US$1612.00 before 30 August)
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