Workshop Design and Facilitation

October 28 until November 1, 2024

9.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time)

Live Online Training

In professional contexts we often gather in workshops to discuss, plan, evaluate, solve problems, take decisions or share experiences. However, oftentimes better results could be reached by a more solid methodological design and a more effective facilitation.

Knowing some rules in for a more output oriented design, an adequate preparation of workshops as well as a sound set of facilitation techniques as the moderator increase the effectiveness and is essential to reach tangible and sustainable outcomes.

We will introduce participatory methods and tools for face-to-face as well as live-online workshops, reflecting on how to use and adapt these methods according to different objectives, contexts and phases of a workshop. Moreover, we will cover on attitudes and look into good practice both in designing as well as facilitating a group process.

This course is very hands-on in character and will emphasize on how to plan, design and implement participatory workshops with simple but effective tools and techniques and apply the newly acquired knowledge during the training course.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course participants

  • have a better understanding of how to plan and design interactive workshops of different lengths, settings and purposes;
  • are provided with a variety of methods for the beginning, central and final phase of workshops;
  • have reflected on different workshop approaches, as well as on facilitators' roles, attitudes and skills to support participatory working processes;
  • have gained confidence in facilitating a group process during a workshop applying different facilitation techniques (questioning techniques, listening skills as well as visualization).

Course Content

  • Responsibilities, skills and attitudes of workshop facilitators
  • Planning and preparing workshops and meetings
  • Workshop design for all phases from beginning to closure
  • Toolbox: methods, tools and techniques for different phases, including icebreakers and energizers
  • Handling difficult situations as a facilitator
  • Active Listening and powerful questions
  • Additional or adapted tools and tips for virtual meetings and workshops

Course Programme

  • The preliminary time frame of the sessions is as follows:
  • 9.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time), see course programme for details (1,5 hour Lunch Break)
  • A course program will be uploaded here later.

What does live online training mean?

Our online trainings are not pre-recorded training videos, webinars for large audiences or self-paced e-learning courses. They are virtual live trainings delivered by our trainers in real-time, focusing on the interaction of a small group of remote participants. Just like our face-to-face trainings, these virtual classrooms aim at tailoring the discussions and learning experiences to the training needs of the participants.
Requirements: to attend our live online trainings, a reliable high-speed internet connection and a computer or laptop running Windows or iOS are required (including audio and video). The Humboldt-Universität of Berlin uses the videoconferencing platform Zoom for virtual classrooms as well as digital tools such as Moodle. We strongly recommend an external headset for better sound quality.

Course Methods
The course focuses on what happens before, during and after workshops. It is a practice-based training course where learning by doing is combined with essential theoretical background and opportunity to exchange individual experiences and knowledge with other peers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own (impending) workshop cases to work on during the course.
The virtual classroom sessions with the trainers and the fellow participants via Zoom will be complemented by group exercises, assignments as well as time for self-study and reflection.

Target Group
This introductory course is designed for those with little or no experience in the design and facilitation of workshops. However, more experienced facilitators might refresh ideas and get new inspiration for their face-to-face as well as virtual workshops and meetings.


Lia Weitz is an enthusiastic trainer and coach in the field of sustainability and systemic change. She is specialised in facilitating dialogue events and peer-learning for climate change. She is experienced in facilitating trainings, workshops, conferences and dialogue events to this end with different actors and stakeholders from practitioners to politics. Beforehand she has been working in development cooperation notably in Latin America in rural development. She holds a Degree in Political Sciences and Agricultural Economics and is a certified trainer by the artop institute affiliated to Humboldt Universität as well as a mediator. Lia loves the combination of engaging methods and the potential of individuals as well as groups to arrive at empowering learning experiences and tangible working results to base further action upon.

Further trainers: a second trainer will support Lia during the comlete training.

General information
The tuition fee is 1300 - euros per participant.
This includes:

  • 5-day online training course
  • Course documentation and learning materials
  • Certificate of participation issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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