A practical two-day training course in facilitating and coaching with Appreciative Inquiry
Dates and location of next course: TBA
Do you want to start using Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in change management, organisational development, teambuilding or coaching? This hands-on small-group Appreciative Inquiry training gives you everything you need to start using AI with confidence.
Although it’s firmly grounded in the theoretical foundation of AI, this course is about practical, engaging learning and application.
By the end of the two-day course you will be equipped to start using AI in your area of interest, whether it’s community engagement, organisational change, or individual development.
To ensure enough individual attention, there will be a maximum of only 16 participants, so act now to secure your place!
- What is Appreciative Inquiry?
- The origins of AI
- Why the appreciative approach works
- Research supporting the appreciative approach
- The five principles of Appreciative Inquiry
- Using the ‘5-D’ model for positive change
- How to define successful topics for Appreciative Inquiry
- The secrets of successful appreciative interviews
- Practical ways of conducting each stage in the process
- Participating in a hands-on Appreciative Inquiry session
- How to structure an appreciative coaching session
- How to be ‘in the moment’ as an interviewer and facilitator
- Gain practical experience of coaching and being coached using AI
- How to use scaling and other solution-focused tools in coaching
- Formats for AI at organisational, team and individual level
- How to run a large-scale AI event
- How to persuade AI ‘skeptics’ and build credibility
- Building an appreciative culture
- Planning how you will implement AI
- Appreciative Inquiry as a way of life – benefits and how to cultivate it
What people say about the course:
“I’ve recently attended the AI facilitator course with Andy and I can honestly say it was one of the best short courses I have been on. The content was incredibly useful and I am just about to put this into practice with a company undergoing change and wishing to expand their foothold in the marketplace. The focus and direction of AI and indeed the course is very positive, but for any skeptics out there I would also like to be clear that it is not about looking through rose tinted spectacles. Certainly for me, AI when put into practice appears to be the way in which companies can go the extra mile and achieve what others can’t. Andy’s style of delivery is calm, humorous and inclusive and he is generous with his knowledge and experience. I recommend this course.” – Vikki Holloway, Facilitator, Interim and Consultant
“Most training courses in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) are theory-based, so I was over the moon to discover this practical AI training course . I remember thinking that the course content was ambitious for 2 days but we covered everything and it never once felt rushed. It was brilliant to go through the AI process ourselves, especially with such an inspiring, like-minded group of people. I felt very confident in the AI technique by the end of the course but most surprisingly, I learned it is an approach that I can use in all aspects of my life, not just with my clients as a marketing consultant.” – Josie Jacobs, JJM Marketing Consultancy
“The course was very cleverly designed to ensure we fully understood the concepts and had time to practice.
My understanding of AI has really developed due to the course and learning from Andy was a really inspiring experience.
The number of like-minded people was just right, venue was very comfortable and course material was really helpful as well as the practical ideas from the course.
Reflecting a week on – I can recall so much of this course, which is fantastic as the learning has been so meaningful to me and I am looking forward to using many elements of the course in my work.”
– Susanne Clarke, Head of Service Excellence, Bournemouth University
“I’ve found it to be one of the most practical and useful courses I’ve ever been on. I use the skills and techniques I learnt regularly and get great results. I couldn’t recommend this highly enough if you are looking for new ways to promote and provoke change in an organisation.” – Steven Houghton-Burnett, Non-Executive Director and Business Angel, CEO of ERIS Technology Limited
“I really enjoyed the 2 days training and gained some practical,flexible, easy to use tools. The training was a good mix of input and a chance to try things out for myself. I felt I could go home and use it straight away, and as back-up a great set of notes and sample sheets to use in different contexts.” – Sara Hagel, Director, West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project
“Thanks Andy for an excellent couple of days, informative, eye opening and most of all, practical. I highly recommend this course for anyone involved in change of any sort.” – Mark Sherwood, Safety Persuasion Workshops
“The course had a great mix of people and experiences, which I found really added to my own personal experience on the course… I really enjoyed the practical nature of the course and felt that experiencing and discovering the AI process really worked well for me.” – Kate Hargreaves, Director, The Clear Thinking Partnership
“Andy did a fantastic job as facilitator and connected with the group from the onset.” – Helena Coxshall, Director of Change Management, Third Sector Hebrides
“We learned practical skills we could use immediately and confidently to achieve fantastic results. The trainers impressed us throughout both with their extensive knowledge and their generosity when sharing their experiences. One key factor for us was that the trainers remained flexible in their delivery to ensure our needs and expectations were met.
The appreciative coaching model was extremely useful as our client group traditionally focus on negatives and problems rather than potential positive solutions.” – Andy Jackson, pioneering progressive youth worker
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About the trainer
Andy Smith is an Appreciative Inquiry facilitator, NLP trainer and Emotional Intelligence specialist. Originally trained by Anne Radford, he has been facilitating, coaching and training Appreciative Inquiry since 2007. Along the way he has introduced some useful new additions to the AI toolkit.
Andy’s AI clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors include:
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Make the next course happen in your city, wherever you are in the world!
If you have at least five like-minded colleagues who also want to learn Appreciative Inquiry facilitation skills, why not club together to bring me to your city? A core group of six is usually enough to justify me putting on an open course, as it will attract more participants. I’ll run the course even for five of you as long as I don’t make a loss! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if this might appeal.
In-house Appreciative Inquiry training
This course can also be run in-house. If you’d like to enquire about in company courses and bespoke training, then email Andy Smith today on email@example.com and tell us what you would like us to provide.
Online Appreciative Inquiry training
If you can’t collect enough people to sponsor a course in your city, or your employer won’t commission in-house training, there is another option. You can join our next Practical Appreciative Inquiry online course. It’s live and interactive – find out about the next upcoming course here.