2022 Speaker

Facilitating Better Discussions, Decisions, and Results
Tuesday, January 25, 2022


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


About the session
Every manager or leader wants to produce the best results as effectively and efficiently as possible.  This is increasingly challenging in the volatile and uncertain conditions in which many of us operate.

Doing so requires thoughtfully leveraging others’ perspectives and knowledge in intentional and productive deliberations that produce the best decisions. This is the work of facilitators and facilitation.

This session will help build your competence to facilitate better meetings and conversations … in the workplace, in your volunteer role(s), or even in your personal life. To guide your efforts, it will:

  • introduce and explore some of the core practices and principles of effective facilitation
  • highlight a few practical tips and techniques, and
  • engage you in considering how to handle common group dynamics you likely will encounter

You should leave feeling more capable and confident for your future facilitation efforts.  

To help continue your learning, a brief annotated list of additional tools, techniques, and resources will be provided.



About the speaker

Jeffrey_Cufaude_picture.jpegJeffrey Cufaude: A former association executive and university student affairs staff member, Jeffrey Cufaude has been a leadership educator and organizational development consultant and speaker for more than 25 years.

As President and CEO of Facilitate Better, his current passion is helping individuals and organizations build their competence and confidence to facilitate better discussions, decisions, and results.

Cufaude is an award-winning author having published dozens of leadership articles in association publications, as well as several scholarly journal articles and book chapters.  You can find many of his practical essays on effective facilitation at facilitatebetter.substack.com.

Additional professional highlights include:

  • designing and facilitating the American Society of Association Executives for ten years;
  • writing as a Contributing Columnist for the Professional Convention Management Association’s Convene magazine for almost a decade;
  • serving as a Scholar-In-Residence at the National Leadership Symposium; and
  • holding regional and national leadership positions with a variety of professional associations

Three little known facts about him are: 

  • as part of his classes in his junior and senior years of high school, he designed and built his first house
  • he served as the state president for the Illinois Association of Student Councils
  • despite being 6’6” and residing in the State of Indiana, he has always been a miserable basketball player, much to the disappointment of many.

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