Tuesday, December 25, 2007

21st Singapore Facilitators' Forum

Managing Facilitator & Participant Energy for Maximum Effectiveness

Date: 12 Jan'08, Saturday
Time: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Place: Focus Conference Room, #15-08, Sim Lim Towers, 10 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208787 (This is NOT Sim Lim Complex)

Fees - (to partially cover food and venue) please pay at door:

Full-time tertiary students S$5.00
Pre-registration via S$10.00
Walk-in & 'pop-up' appearances on day of Forum (including students) S$15.00

As with all IAF/FNS events, this event is organised in the spirit of sharing. Please help us with our logistics/catering arrangements by registering on-line for your attendance.

Once registered, the forum fee would be payable regardless of actual attendance. Cancellation and withdrawals are not permitted. We welcome replacement.


8:30 am - Registrations
9:00 am - Part 1 - Managing Facilitators' Energy Level Before and During Sessions
10:30 am - Tea Break & Networking
11:00 am - Part 2 - Managing Participants Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Energy
12:30 pm - Special Announcements
12:40 pm - Closing Circle
1:00pm - End of Session


The session will focus on the different aspects of energy, namely physical, mental, spiritual and emotional energy management by the facilitator during a session. The session will also touch on the management of participants' energy level to achieve fruitful sessions. Other interesting areas of focus will include understanding the participants' energy and attention cycle, including choosing and setting up the venue for maximum effectiveness.

Key Objectives of the Session

• Discover facilitator's energy source and strategies to enhance them.
• Explore rapid or instant energy activation and recovery techniques.
• Prepare and face challenging assignments with greater poise.
• Monitor and manage participant's energy cycle
• Create ambiance and room layout for optimum energy for participants

The Facilitators

The Facilitators were very well received in their sessions during the Singapore Facilitators Conference in November 2007.

Mr. Azim Pawanchik, Lead Facilitator

Azim has vast project management experience ranging from Mergers & Acquisition integration, technology transfer, business re-engineering and several global product and technology development projects. His role ranged from project team leader right up to project manager for regional and international projects for ICI and PPG. Apart from working with these two companies he has also worked for Alcom and Hong Leong Industries.

He has mentored MAVCAP's (Malaysian Venture Capital Management Berhad) Cradle Investment Programme Technoprenuers to complete their project. He is also a project team member that has received MAVCAP's pre-seed funding in developing brain profiling application for young adults. As a consultant/facilitator, he specializes in organizational change and innovation. He received his MBA from the UK and his BSc (hons) in Chemistry from University Malaya. He is a certified practitioner of Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) and Whole Brain Technology. He is a member of International Association of Facilitators. His latest work includes the Catalyst for Change® innovation management methodology and using Visual Thinking as an innovation tool. In additional to that he has incorporated Aikido (A Japanese martial art) as a metaphor for enhancing personal creativity.

He has consulted, conducted training programmes and facilitated strategy/team development sessions for executives, top management and board of directors for the banking, government, ICT, manufacturing and services sectors. Some of the companies he has worked with include American Express, ABN AMRO, Bank Negara, Dutch Lady, Affin Bank, Bumiputra Commerce Bank, Petronas, Petronas Carigali, DHL, Technip, Shell, Nippon Oil, Panasonic, Philips, Motorola, MARDEC, Airfoil Services and Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

Dr. Suraya - Senior consultant for Alpha Catalyst Consulting

She specialises in personal effectiveness, stress management and brain based learning. She has coached individuals and consulted and conducted several workshops for organizations in the area of personal effectiveness and organizational stress. Apart from being a medical specialist she has a certificate in stress management from the UK. She has been trained in several personal performance related areas such as the Silva Mind Control (technique in stress, relaxation and goal achievement) and Braingym (A technique from the US for integrating the mind-body connections for higher performance).

She is also a certified consultant in using the HBDI and the Whole Brain Technology. A proponent of natural health, she fuses lessons from yoga, aikido and brain science with modern day approaches into her workshops.

Sensei Marcus Chan - Principal & Chief Instructor Aikido Kensankai

He has been practicing Aikido for 22 years and has been teaching it for over18 years. Sensei Marcus is very passionate about applying Aikido principles and philosophy in day to day life. In addition to that has also conducted management workshops that he uses aikido as a principal for enhancing personal effectiveness, flexibility and creativity.

Facilitators' Training and Development - A Forecast of Events for 2008

All facilitators in Singapore, here is a forecast of training and developement events of FNS.

21st Singapore Facilitators' Forum
Managing Facilitator & Participant Energy for Maximum Effectiveness
12 Jan'08, Saturday
Time: 8:30am – 1:00pm

Other Forum dates (Saturdays, 8:30am to 1:00pm):
8 Mar'08
10 May'08
12 Jul'08
13 Sep'08
8 Nov'08

Large Group Intervention Fiesta in Singapore!
Future Search * Open Space Technology * The World Café

29 Jan'08 Tue - Open Space Technology (OST)
30 Jan'08 Wed - The World Café (TWC)
31 Jan'08 Thu - Future Search (FS)

Foundational Facilitation Workshops (FFW)
The Foundational Facilitation Workshop (FFW) was conceived and designed in 2005 by the Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS) and have been delivered with quality assurance and continuously improvements.

Based on our experience from the previous 16 runs, the workshops in 2008 will be redesigned to fit the FNS 4D framework of Determine-Design-Deliver-Discover, and customised for Singapore and Asia context.

11-13 Feb'08,Mon-Wed
13-15 Feb'08, Wed-Thu
26-28 Mar'08, Wed-Fri
21-23 May'08, Wed-Fri
16-18 Jul'08, Wed-Fri
24-26 Sep'08, Wed-Fri
26-28 Nov'08, Wed-Fri

Held 1st time in Singapore by Christine Whitney Sanchez from 20 – 22 Feb'08, Wed-Fri

Pre-announcements! - Watch this space for details

Introducing and using a safe space process for polarized issues and views– the Flip Flop Debate by Tom Schwarz, 14 March 2008

Dynamic Facilitation Skills Workshop - 1st time in Singapore by it's creator Jim Rough, 23-25 May'08, Wed-Fri

Please Register Here to Participate in these Programmes

The Skilled Facilitator Workshop by Dr Roger Schwarz in Singapore !

The Skilled Facilitator Workshop facilitated by Dr Roger Schwarz was attended by 32 participants from Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium and Indonesia on the 10 & 11 Dec 2007 held in Singapore, Orchid Counrty Club!

Positive energy + 100% engagement was demonstrated throughout the workshop over the 2 days ! The participants shared that they had fully benefited a lot from The Skilled Facilitator Workshop !

One even remarked : "Just want to let you know the session with Roger was really good - one of the best workshops I have attended !". Thanks for organising that !" - Linda Tan, Reuters.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Forecast of Forum Gathering & Workshops

Here is a forecast of FNS activities for 2008:

Saturdays - 8:30am to 1:00pm

12 Jan'08
8 Mar'08
10 May'08
12 Jul'08
13 Sep'08
8 Nov'08

Wednesday to Friday

16-18 Jan'08 (was 23-25 Jan'08)
13-15 Feb'08 (was 27-29 Feb'08)
26-28 Mar'08
21-23 May'08
16-18 Jul'08
24-26 Sep'08
26-28 Nov'08

More details will be provided closer to the dates of these events.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Skilled Facilitator Workshop in Singapore by Roger Schwarz & Matt Beane

Be coached by Roger & Matt in person in Singapore at a fraction of the investment.

Matt Beane

Download Brochure

Workshop Fees
per participant inclusive of meals, handouts & reference book

Places subject to availability on a first-come-first-served basis.

IAF Members: S$990.00 nett per pax (before 31 Oct'07)

IAF membership is at US$50 per year for developing countries and at US$125 for developed countries. Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Macau and Singapore are classified as developed nations while the rest of Asia is considered developing. Singaporeans pay the rate of only USD115 as the Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS) is affiliated to IAF.

Non-IAF members: S$1290.00 nett per pax (before 31 Oct'07)

IAF Members and Non-IAF members: S$1490.00 nett per pax (1 Nov'07 onwards)

Secure your place here quickly!!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Singapore Facilitators Conference - Discovering the Universe of Facilitation

Early Bird Conference Fees

To be led by practitioners from Singapore, Australia, USA, Malaysia, and Philippines, this event will be held from 1st to 2nd Nov 2007 (Thursday - Friday) at Orchid Country Club (Yishun) - http://www.orchidclub.com/.

Conference Fees per pax:

S$350 nett (Early bird. Register before 10 Sep'07)

S$450 nett (Normal. Register before 10 Oct'07)
S$550 nett (Late. Register 11 Oct'07 onwards)

Please download brochure now and register before 10 Sep'07
to take advantage of the benefits of being an early bird.
Don't Delay!!

This conference is collaboratively brought to you by the the Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS), Organisational Development Group (ODG) and Learning Organisation Practitioners Network (LOPN).

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Passing of a Friend and Facilitator

I just came back from the prayer ceremony held to send off Michael Butterworth.

I received news of his passing yesterday evening and it felt like my heart has dropped to the bottom of my stomach. I am saddened by what I learnt but I am happy that he moved on peacefully. He had a fruitful life. That’s important.

I cannot help being emotional about it since I have knew him for many years. I had looked towards him as my mentor in what I had done for the Ministry of Defence during those times when I set-up and ran the Innovation and Transformation Office from 2001 to 2007.

There are many flash-backs and these are images of those times when both of us were struggling with issues and matters related to bring creativity into the organisation. The discourses and conversations I had with Butterworth, both in our official capacity and in social gatherings with other friends, have shaped my passion for creative, innovation and entrepreneurship. My friendship with Butterworth has developed me to who I am today.

I am glad that these are all happy moments and I will always cherish them.

Thanks Butter. You will always be remembered.

This article was first written on 25 Aug 2007, within the hour after the wake on the same day.

Friday, August 24, 2007


20 – 22 February 2008, Singapore

Are you interested in learning
how to engage groups of 5 to 2,000 in strategic conversations?
Here is a training that will give you the foundational skills and knowledge
you need to utilize four powerful methods that are being used around the world
for breakthrough thinking, decision-making and collaborative action
Facilitators, Teachers, Trainers, Supervisors, Managers, HRD/ OD Professionals, Change Agents, Team Leaders, Project Leaders, Community Leaders, Therapists, Marketing consultants, Mediators, Quality Consultants, and anyone who works with groups and wants to enhance group effectiveness.
Appreciative Inquiry is a positive change method predicated on what’s already working and building on that success. Rather than focus on what needs to be fixed, Appreciative Inquiry looks deeply into the root causes of success and leverages and amplifies what is most successful, meaningful and alive to make dreams happen. From one-to-one conversations, incorporating storytelling about values and desires, the process expands to large group process for co-creating the future. Appreciative Inquiry is an ideal planning and management tool because it catalyzes a cascade of affirmative conversations throughout the system.

Open Space Technology quickly enables diverse groups of people, as well as those who work together every day, to tap into the collective intelligence of the whole. The principles, practices and self-organizing process of leverage each person’s passion into a call for action. In half-day to three-day Open Space gatherings, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central strategic theme. The outcome includes recorded discussions, next steps and a commitment to action.

World Café fosters collaborative dialogue in large groups by rotating participants through a series of small tables. Authentic conversations encourage sharing knowledge, building on each other’s ideas, thinking outside of the box and creating connections. This easy to use process quickly generates quality in-depth responses to challenges and opportunities.

Polarity Management™ is powerful tool that leverages the best of apparent opposites resulting in win-win solutions. Many challenges are not problems that can be solved with either/or solutions. Rather, they are dilemmas or polarities to be managed. Polarity mapping provides a complete picture of the interdependent opposing forces that often create gridlock. Working with the upsides of both poles, predictions can be made for the types of change that will result from any strategy.

· Through experiential learning, gain a working knowledge of the principles, steps and practices of Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, Open Space Technology and Polarity Management™.
· Practice Appreciate Interviews, small group learning and large group synthesis as part of the Discovery Phase of Appreciative Inquiry.
· Engage in a World Café as part of the Dream Phase of Appreciative Inquiry.
· Participate in an Open Space Technology meeting as part of Design Phase of Appreciative Inquiry.
· Practice Polarity Management™ as part of the Destiny Phase of Appreciative Inquiry.
· Craft appreciative questions and provocative propositions in your own language and for your environment.
· Design a large group project to take home.
· Participate in two follow-up coaching sessions.

The workshop is very hands-on. Participants will have to complete self-assessment questionnaires as pre-work and come prepared for immediate application and practice during the workshop. Some amount of ‘homework’ will have to be completed on the evenings of day 1 and day 2. Throughout the three days participants will receive extensive feedback from peers and coaching from Certified Facilitators on their performance as a facilitator. As each day is fully packed with critical learning moments, ‘time –away’ for meetings or other reasons will not be permitted.


A Certificate of Completion will be awarded by the Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS).
Christine Whitney Sanchez consults internationally with organizations and communities to build the capacity for conscious leadership and strategic collaboration. She is an international pioneer in blending Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, Open Space Technology and Polarity Management™ to deepen communication through conversations that matter and to liberate self-organization so that people can strategically collaborate by taking responsibility for their passion. Christine collaborated with Claudia Haack to coordinate the largest World Café in the world and facilitated the largest Open Space event in the USA at the 2005 Girl Scout National Convention. www.christinewhitneysanchez.com

"I realized my dreams come true. I will be able to help others serve a worthy purpose. I saw the impact of my heart - I can't wait to live it." - Michael Jackson, March 2007, USAA Worldwide Insurance

"The high point was that my greatest learning did NOT come from where I expected it to. If you come to this workshop, be prepared to be surprised. Be prepared for a workshop that gives you MORE than what is advertised. Be prepared to learn as much from the students as you do from the teacher (which is perhaps the highest compliment that I could pay to the skill, wisdom, and vision of Christine Whitney Sanchez). Be prepared to stretch in ways that you did not even anticipate. Be prepared to see the world in whole new ways." - Mark W. Hanna, March 2007, Valley Coaching Collaborative, Chandler, AZ

"This workshop has built my confidence as a facilitator and enabled me to incorporate particularly Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space Technology into a pilot test of an activity to mobilize sector wide collaboration in order to improve the national response to orphans and vulnerable children throughout sub-Saharan Africa." - Jane Begala, March 2007, Constella Futures, Washington D.C.

“Thank you for showing me a different, more spiritual way of doing Open Space.” - Andrew Ballance, March 2007, London, England

“I plan to use some Appreciative Inquiry in my next leadership workshop in Ireland, as a first step in bringing about a change to emphasize the positive in training of our leaders.” -
Participant from Ireland, October 2004

“I’ve learned and been mentored in methodologies that work – that affect my work with others in positive, active ways – that encourage me to be congruent with my values and beliefs.” -
Participant, May 2005, Chicago Training

“I’m excited about the “click” of several concrete AI projects to address challenges that I’d been mulling for some time.” - Participant from Israel, 2004

“I discovered sound principles to be used as inner guidance throughout life and rediscovered importance of trusting that voice inside. The workshop gave me a framework for previously scattered projects in my head.” - Participant, 2004 Paris Training

“I am anxious to extend this Open Space and World Cafe process to Girl Scouts and other venues/organizations. Each participant has walked away with a bit of understanding of ‘how to hear the voices of the masses’.” - Participant, August 2005, Girl Scouts of the USA

“I wish to have many more opportunities to attend and participate in this kind of process, but also to be able to share it widely.” - Participant from South Africa, 2004
Register on line at: http://www.fns.sg

Course Fees (per participant, including meals, handouts & reference book):

IAF Members: S$990.00 nett per pax
(IAF membership is US$50 per year for developing countries, and US$125 for developed countries. Register for IAF membership via IAF website at: http://www.iaf-world.org. In Asia - Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Macau and Singapore are classified as developed and the rest of Asia as developing.)
Non-IAF member: S$1290.00 nett per pax

Overseas registrants paying by Bank Draft or TT, please add S$30 for bank charges in Singapore.

Payment by Cheque

Please make cheque payable to: “Facilitators Network Singapore Pte Ltd” and mail it to:

Facilitators Network Singapore Pte Ltd
10 Anson Road, #03-09 International Plaza, Singapore 079903

Cancellation and Postponement:
No refund or postponement is permitted but we welcome replacement for the registered participant(s) or an admin fee / cancellation fee of S$200 will apply.

After commencement of program, there will be no refund for non attendance.
Refund will NOT be given for any part of the package not taken.

FNS reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event due to unforeseen circumstances. Fees paid will be fully refunded in the event of course cancellation by FNS.

Facilitators Network Singapore Pte Ltd (FNS) – Company Regn: 200600307Z

Singapore Facilitators Conference 1-2 Nov 2007 - Day 1 Workshops

Facilitating OD Interventions at the Organisational & Societal Systems down from Earth - Stories from around the Globe

By Douglas O'Loughlin, Sheila Damodharan, Prabu Naidu

Sheila Damodharan

Workshop Synopsis

Action begins with thinking. A shift in thinking often leads to a shift in action! We open the Conference with this exciting and invigorating session led by, three practitioners and founding members of local networks in Singapore. Bringing stories and experiences spanning Asia to Africa on Facilitation, Learning Organisation & Organisational Development in organisational & societal systems.

Journey with them through a galaxy of questions via The World Cafe to incite thinking on your deeply held perspectives about your own organisation or that of your clients.


Sheila Damodharan from Learning Organisation Professional Network (LOPN), Douglas O'Loughlin from Organisational Development Group (ODG), and Prabu Naidu from Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS).

Programme for 1 November 2007 Thursday (Day 1)

8:30am Registration
9:00am Welcome and Introduction
9:30am LG1: Facilitating OD Interventions at the Organisational & Societal Systems down from Earth - Stories from around the Globe by Douglas O'Loughlin, Sheila Damodharan, Prabu Naidu (Singapore)
10:30am Tea-break
11:00am LG1: Facilitating OD Interventions at the Organisational & Societal Systems down from Earth - Stories from around the GlobeDouglas O'Loughlin, Sheila Damodharan, Prabu Naidu (Singapore)
12:00nn Lunch
1:00pm Energiser by MAD Learning
1:30pm LG2: The Wall of Wonder - A Chronicle of Our Galaxy by Nadine Bell (USA)
3:30pm Tea-break
4:00pm Galactic Exchange - The space that stimulates sharing of ideas, methods, tools, processes, principles, values, experiences in the field of facilitation, LO and OD

Registrations start real soon! - watch this space for details of Day 2 workshops - coming up.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Singapore Facilitators Conference 2007 - Discovering the Universe of Facilitation - 1 & 2 Nov 07 (Thursday & Friday), Singapore.

Continuing our journey in space, here are the workshops at the conference:


1. Facilitating OD Interventions at the Organisational & Societal Systems down from Earth - Stories from around the Globe

2. The Wall of Wonder - A Chronicle of Our Galaxy

3. How to Beam a Facilitation Event at Warp Speed through the Asteroid Belt of Polarised Views and Issues and Phase into "Safe" Space- the `Flip Flop Debate'

4. Orbiting Our Organisations: Exploring the Next Frontier of OD

5. Productive Conversations… Why Are We Trapped?

6. The Facilitator's Galaxy of Magic, Menus, Metaphors & Milky Way!

7. Discovering the Inner and Outer Space - Enhancing Creativity and Collaboration with 3D Visual Thinking Techniques

8. A Galaxy of Cooperation and Consensus

9. Facilitating Change on Planet Business – a Universe of Tools for Lift-Off!

10. The Use of Facilitation Techniques to Promote Accelerated Learning

11. Facilitation Skills in Coaching & Mentoring supported by Psychometric Testing

12. Effective Flip Chart Graphics – Universal Art of Articulating your Creativity

13. Voyaging into the Galaxy of Action Learning

14. Orbiting Our Organisations: Exploring the Next Frontier of OD

15. Navigating Positively in the Work Space : Approaches to Developing Positivism in the Workplace

16. The Facilitator's Galaxy of Magic, Menus, Metaphors & Milky Way!

17. The Way of Harmony with the Universe – Kensankai Aikido Method in Facilitation

These are concurrent workshops and you have to select the ones you wish to attend when registration opens.

Workshop faclitators are from Singapore, Australia, USA, Malaysia, and Philippines.

Venue: Orchid Country Club (Yishun) - http://www.orchidclub.com/

Conference Fees per pax:
S$350 nett (early bird)
S$450 nett (Normal)
S$550 nett (Late)

Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks but keep 1& 2 Nov'07 free or pre-register now at http://www.fns.sg/current_programs.htm to be the first to know when the registration site opens.

The Power of Questions Workshop

For Whom

Teachers, Trainers, Supervisors, Managers, HRD, OD, Change Agents, and anyone else who wants to discover the power of questions and how to ask good questions.


2 October 2007 (Tuesday)
8:30am to 6:00pm


YWCA Fort Canning Lodge 6 Fort Canning Road, Singapore 179494
Website: http://www.ywcafclodge.org.sg/

Course Fees
(includes meals and handouts)

Register by 1 September 2007

For IAF Members @ SGD 190 nett per participant
Non-Members SGD 290 nett per participant

Register 2 September 2007 onwards

IAF Members SGD 290 nett per participant
Non-Members SGD 390 nett per participant

IAF membership is US$50 per year for developing countries and US$125 for developed countries. In Asia - Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Macau and Singapore are classified as developed nations and the rest of Asia as developing countries.

Register for IAF membership via IAF website at: http://www.iaf-world.org

Overseas registrants paying by Bank Draft or TT, please add S$30 as bank charges for Singapore.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the nature and power of questions

  • Why we do not ask enough questions

  • What is hindering us from asking questions

  • What makes a good question

  • How to ask a good question
Workshop Content

  • The nature of Questions

  • Forces that hinder us from asking questions

  • Discovering Learner and Judger Questions

  • Characteristics of a good question

  • Creating the questioning mindset

  • Questioning Assumptions

  • Putting Questions to Work


The workshop employs many adult learning techniques and experiential exercises designed to move individuals to a deeper understanding and application of learning.

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded by the Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS).

The Workshop Facilitator

Ng Choon Seng has more than 18 years of experience in human resource management and facilitation in service and manufacturing industries as well as in the government services. He started his career at the Management Consultancy Guidance Centre with the then National Productivity Board. He has experience leading the learning and development, and human resource functions in the hospitality sector, a Japanese manufacturing MNC, and leading management development and organization development for the US Fortune 500 Companies.

In addition, he has delivered various leadership, change management and facilitation programs in South East Asia and Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and India. His organisational experience also included performance and career coaching for staff. Choon Seng has facilitated sessions for Members of Parliament, senior SAF officers, principals, teachers and senior leaders in public organizations and directors, managers, supervisors as well engineers, line leaders and production operators for local and multinational companies.

Choon Seng is one of the first in Singapore to be an International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and is the only Singaporean to be certified as an IAF CPF Assessor. He is also the only Singaporean to be certified by the World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL) as a Certified Master Action Learning Coach. Choon Seng received his Masters of Arts in Human Resource Development (MAHRD) from the George Washington University, Washington, USA. He was also awarded the Leonard Nadler Leadership Award for of his outstanding leadership, service, professional and academic successes.

For brochure & to register pse go to:http://www.fns.sg/current_programs.htm

Premier Facilitation Workshops from the Masters of Facilitation

Watch this space for two power-packed competency enhancement programme

10-11 Dec'07 - Dr. Roger Schwarz returns to Singapore (after his over subscribed workshop in in 2005). Roger is the author of the well known "The Skilled Facilitator" field book for practitioners.
20-22 Feb'08 - Methods for Strategic Collaboration: Blending AI, TWC, OST, and Polarity Management by Christine Whitney Sanchez, an international pioneer in blending Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, Open Space Technology and Polarity Management™ to deepen communication through conversations that matters and to enable self-organization so that people can strategically collaborate by taking responsibility through their passion.

Other fast-filling workshops:

19-20 Sep'07 - The Authentic Facilitator

2 Oct'07 - The Power of Questions
24-26 Oct'07 - Foundational Facilitation Workshop (FFW)
1-2 Nov'07 - Singapore Facilitators Conference (SFC 2007) - Discovering the Universe of Facilitation

Invitation to the 19th FNS Forum On 15 Sep 07

Participants of the 21/7/07's 18th FNS Forum

FNS invites you to attend the 19th FNS Fourm on 15 Sep 07(Sat), at Focus Conference Room, #15-08, Sim Lim Tower (NOT Sim Lim Square), Jalan Bersa Road.
We are pleased to have two International Assosciation of Facilitators (IAF) Certified Professional Facilitators (CPF) to share with us two interesting topics.

8:30am - Registration
9:00am - Session 1 - Invading Our Multiple Intelligence by Ms Lim Hong Li
10:30am - Tea-break & Networking
11:00am - Session 2 - Dynamic Facilitation by Ms Janice Lua
12.30pm - Closing Circle / Special Announcements
1.00pm - End of Forum

Workshop Outline
Session 1 - "Invading Our Multiple Intelligence"
  • Wake up Your Intelligence
  • Create Possibility
  • Possibility Pitches
  • Learning and Applications of Multiple Intelligence
Session 2 - "Dynamic Facilitation"
  • What is Dynamic Facilitation?
  • Mini-experience of how Dynamic Facilitation works
  • Appreciate the benefits, differences & applications of Dynamic Facilitation
Facilitators' Biodata
Ms Lim Hong Li is an International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF). She has about 6 years of experience in facilitating at conferences held in Singapore and Malaysia. She has facilitated quality management projects, team bonding workshops, creativity/innovation programmes, focus group discussions, and retreats. She has worked with the Feedback Unit of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, National Health Group, Army Logistics Training Institute, and in 2005 and 2006 with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

Ms Janice Lua's personal mission is to be a progressive change agent, catalyst and facilitator for organisational transformation. She has more than 15 years of working experience with MNEs and government agencies in organisational excellence, business process re-engineering, team building, creativity and innovation. She has successfully led numerous organisation-wide projects including the Singapore Quality Award for the National Library Board. She is a National Business Excellence Lead Assessor, Certified Management Consultant, ISO 9000 auditor, DISC Behavioural Consultant, 7-Habits Facilitator and IAF Certified Professional Facilitator. She is the co-founder of Facilitators Network Singapore and has 10 years of facilitation experience.

Do join us, and bring a friend along with you, to experience this enriching Saturday morning.
A refreshment fee of $10.00 is payable on registration on 15 Sept 2007.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

18th FNS Forum On 21 Jul 2007

To all facilitators in Singapore,

Participants at the 21st Jul 2007's 18th FNS Forum

You are invited to our 21st Jul 2007's 18th FNS Forum. The session is held at 9AM at the Focus Conference Room (#15-08) in the Sim Lim Tower.


8:30 am - Registration

9:00 am - Ice Breaking

9.10am - Session 1 - The Confidence Factor

10:45 am- Tea Break

11:15 am - Session 2 - Effective Flip Chart Graphics

Effective Flip Chart Graphics - Writing Rules, Blocks, Lines and Curves and Bullets

12:30 pm - Special Announcements

Introducing the SFC 2007

12:40 pm - Closing Circle

Closing Circle

1:00pm - Session Ends

Ms Faith Teo, an NLP Practioner, will start the forum with a session entitled the "Confidence Factor - Summoning Confidence When You Need It".


What does confidence means to you?

In what situation would you want to be confident?

Scientific Research on Performance in relation to expectations

Taking ownership for confidence

The feedback sandwich

"There is no failure, only feedback"

The good gossip exercise

Metaphor anchoring exercise

Following which, Mr Lee Seng Teck will do a short introduction on "Effective Flip-charting - The Graphical Approach"


Why used 'Graphical Flip Charting' where there are better technologies around?

Starting with lines and arcs

How to create headers and bullets?

How to write legibly on flip charts?

Effective use of colours for effect enhancements

Do not miss this interesting forum.
Bring a friend with you to experience the art and science of facilitation together.
Please log-on to www.fns.sg to registration
(a fee of $10.00 will be charged for refreshments)

Bio of Presenters

Ms Faith Teo enjoys a diverse career that spans twelve years in areas like sales, game authorship , training, project management, business analysis, IT processing and life coaching. Her work experience runs the gamut with notable MNCs like Citibank, Reuters, Electronic Data Services (EDS). She was with Stikfas Pte Ltd and had been in the public sector. She loves training and sees it as a way to reach out to people and understand the way they map their world. She has conducted training for organisations like the Defence Science Technology Agency (DSTA), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Civil Service College, Reuters (Asia Pacific Operations), and Systems on Silicon Manufacturing (SSMC). A Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, Faith draws inspiration and purpose from coaching people in achieving their dreams and overcoming their mental roadblocks.

Mr Lee Seng Teck, a Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduate since 2001, spent most of his time in the SAF training navy recruits. After attended the 8th IAF Conference in Subang, KL, in 2005, he developed a passion for facilitation and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience in graphical and colourful flip charting with people around him. He joined FNS as a volunteer facilitator, obtained his IAF CPF certification in 2006, and worked with MCYS, MOH and RSPO since. Seng Teck also received several recognitions in the SAF, like the the Best WITs Facilitator Awards and the MINDEF Innovative Facilitator Award in 2006.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Singapore Facilitators Conference 2007 - Latest Announcement

Please re-mark your diaries for this not-to-be missed exciting event to 1 & 2 Nov'07 (Thursday - Friday) in Singapore. Earlier, this was announced as 15-16 Nov'07.

The Singapore Facilitators Conference (SFC 2007) will show case facilitated large & small group concurrent sessions, success stories of facilitation in organisations, and integration of tools and methodologies between OD, LO and Facilitation.

This collaborative conference will be brought to you by the Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS), Organisational Development Group (ODG) and Learning Organisation Practitioners Network (LOPN).

Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks but keep 1& 2 Nov'07 free.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Participants of FFW13

Participants of FFW13

Everyone at FNS likes to congratulate the participants of FFW13, held between 27 and 29 June 2007, for completing the programme.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Singapore Facilitators Conference 2007

For all facilitators in Singapore, please mark your diaries for this not-to-be missed exciting event on 15 & 16 Nov '07, Thursday - Friday, in Singapore.

The Singapore Facilitators Conference (SFC 2007) will showcase facilitated large & small group concurrent sessions, success stories of facilitation in organisations, and integration of tools and methodologies between OD, LO and Facilitation.

This collaborative conference will be brought to you by the Facilitators Network Singapore (FNS), Organisational Development Group (ODG) and Learning Organisation Practitioners Network (LOPN).

Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks but keep 15 & 16 Nov'07 free.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Authentic Facilitator

FNS is please to inform that we are organising another course for budding facilitators in Singapore.

The Authentic Facilitator

For Whom

Facilitators, Teachers, Trainers, Supervisors, Managers, HRD/ OD Professionals, Change Agents, Team Leaders, Project Leaders, Community Leaders, Therapists, Marketing consultants, Mediators, Quality Consultants, and anyone who works with groups and wants to be authentic.


19-20 September 2007 (Wednesday-Thursday) 8:30am to 5:30pm


YWCA Fort Canning Lodge 6 Fort Canning Road, Singapore 179494 Website: http://www.ywcafclodge.org.sg

Course Fees
(per participant, including meals and handouts)

Register before 15 July 2007: SGD 350 (IAF Members) Or SGD 450 (Non-Members)

Register from 16 July 2007 onwards: SGD 550 (IAF Members) Or SGD 650 (Non-Members)

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

1) Make more informed choices and decisions while designing & delivering facilitation.

2) See themselves and the world around them in a broader more comprehensive and effective way.

3) More easily appreciate and exercise personal gifts and attributes that they bring as facilitators.

4) Communicate more skillfully.


What do I uniquely contribute? What do I excel in? Where will I be most successful? - An opportunity to explore these profoundly important and significant questions which shape our facilitation success; interpersonal relationships; and personal sense of achievement.

This a highly facilitated workshop ideal for those facing major change or who are seeking clarity and focus in the facilitation and/or their careers. Facilitators will draw on TMS, Firo-B, MBTI, Ken Wilber, Eckhart Tolle amongst others when offering feedback. 1-1 coaching will also be available.

Contents for Day 1

Introductory theory, case studies, setting the scene
Facilitation - Where am I now?
What does success mean for me?
A personal audit
Creative activities - Self Awareness
Preferences, Needs and Intuition Content

Contents for Day 2

Coaching – The Dynamic Me
Motivation, Ego, Vocation – Debate and Reflection
Continuous Professional Development Plans
Presentations, Feedback and Conclusion

The Workshop Facilitators

Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Ms. Fiona O'Shaughnessy. Fiona offers over 16 years Learning & Development (L&D) experience and has facilitated over 60,000 participants with the British Council's Professional Development Centre in Singapore. Fiona has written/edited over 50 articles on L&D. She has worked as an Instructional Designer for an e-learning company in Ireland and as a Researcher at Trinity College Dublin. Fiona has lived and worked in Indonesia, Thailand, New Zealand, France and Turkey.

Jane Grafton

Ms. Jane Grafton. Jane is a freelance Executive Coach/OD Consultant and uses Facilitation as her primary way of working. She divides her working year between the UK and Singapore. As a Training Consultant with the British Council in Singapore she spent 4 years facilitating groups of managers. Whilst serving as a Major in the British Army she was awarded the MBE for published work on Leadership Development.

Register on line at: http://www.fns.sg/current_programs.htm

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Photo Journal for 12 May 2007' 17th FNS Forum

Participants at the 17th FNS Gathering On 12 May 2007

We saw 52 forum members turned up at the gathering today.

These were what they said about the event:

· Really enjoyed it. Thanks Mun Ying! Wish we had more time so that we did not have to rush at the end.

· I enjoyed the session. Learnt a new tool and learnt something new about myself.

· Very good experience. Trainer knew what he was talking about. He put in a lot of hard work.

· Glad to be re-connecting. Great sharing and enthusiasm in the group.

· The topic of corporate metaphor is interesting. It will be useful if people can talk about how metaphors can be used in organization.

Here are the rest of the photographs.

Bookmark the blog and visit it regularly as we continue to cover the human interest stories of FNS activities and events in the coming months.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Republic Polytechnic's Certificate in Organisational Facilitation

Congratulation to all participants who graduated from the 2nd run of the Certificate in Organisational Facilitation (COF) held recently at the Republic Polytechnic.

Monday, April 30, 2007

10th Annual IAF Asia Facilitator Conference 2007

IAF Board Meeting in KL, Malaysia
We are please to announce that the Organising Team of the 10th Annual IAF Asia Facilitator Conference, Malaysia 2007, has invited all facilitators to the event.

Participants of the 10th Annual IAF Asia Facilitator Conference - Malaysia
FNS Team Setting Up the FNS Table in KL

A delegate of facilitators from Singapore participated in this event in KL, Malaysia, in Jul 2007.

Cultural Show on the Last Night of the Conference

The theme was 'The Gems and Jewels of Facilitation'.

Participants discussing and sharing ideas

Click here to find out more about its programme.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Training and Development of Facilitators

Facilitators Network Singapore conducts training courses and development programmes that help facilitators upgrade their competencies and skills, and let them work towards their IAF CPF certification.

Programmes offered by FNS

Foundational Facilitation Workshop (FFW)

Participants of FFW10 (Jan'07)

This workshop introduces the IAF CPF competencies and serves as an entry level workshop for aspiring facilitators.

Specialized Facilitation Workshop (SFW)

Is a series of independent workshops that focuses on specific IAF CPF competencies for facilitators.

Facilitation Skills for Professionals (FSP)

Is a series of independent workshops that introduce facilitative practices for leaders, managers, trainers, instructors, teachers, parents to enhance their professional effectiveness.

Premier Facilitation Workshop (PFW)

Is a series of independent workshops that are conducted by established and published masters in the field of facilitation.

Complementary Development Programs (CDP)

A series of independent workshops to build and maintain a base of professional knowledge in management and organizational systems.

Join FNS's YahooGroup to keep updated on the latest training courses and development programmes that may come on line for the rest of the year.

Photo Journal for 16th FNS Forum on 10 Mar 2007

The photographs taken at the last forum are now available.

You may visit Facilitators Network Singapore's Photo Journals for these.

17th FNS Forum On 12 May 2007

Were there situations where your participants were having problems with issues that were difficult to articulate? Had they pondered but couldn't uncover the root cause and find the means to resolve them? If you have this experience, then the methodology of 'Visual Journelling' maybe what you are looking for to help your participants and enhance your skills as a facilitator. Visual Journelling allows people to create dialogues between their drawings and their emotions through deep reflection.

Once again, we are organising another facilitators network session on 12 May 2007.
Participants @ 10 Mar 2007's Session
During the 17th FNS Forum, Mr Lau Mun Ying, a creative coach and award winning lecturer from the Singapore Polytechnic, will present the techniques of Visual Journelling. The programme for the morning is as followed:
0830 Signing In (Payment of S$10.00 @ the doors)
Checking in & Ice Breaking
Introduction to 'Visual Journelling' (Co-facilitated by Mr Lee Seng Teck)
Warm Up Drawings (Printouts and stationaries are provided
Tea Break
Journelling of Life Challenges
Solution Generation Through Metaphor
1200 Conclusion, Closing Circle & Checking Out
1230 Session Ends

Please log onto http://www.fns.sg/current_programs.htm to register for the session and to obtain the address for the venue.

Bio of Mr Lau Mun Ying

Mun Ying is a creativity coach and award-winning lecturer at the Singapore Polytechnic's School of Design, specialising in topics of Creativity and Design Thinking, Scriptwriting and Drawing/Storyboarding, and Media and Branding Theory.

An inveterate life-long learner with a passion for the arts, creativity and imagination, Mun Ying is currently pursuing certifications in creative arts therapy and coaching. He has studied under renowned psychologist Arnold Mindell Ph.D. (Founder of Process-Oriented Psychology and author of Dreambody and The Dream-maker's Apprentice) and psychotherapist Eric Maisel, Ph.D. (Founding Creativity Coach and author of Coaching the Artist Within and Fearless Creating).
A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon, Mun Ying has had a diverse range of work experiences in the creative industries. He has been the Associate Editor for the Northwest Asian Weekly newspaper in Seattle , WA; Research Director for Exhilarated! Edusystems, a transformational coaching company; Games Writer/Developer with Game-Online; Copy-writer and Features-writer, with works published in Asia-Online, Vacation and Be. Magazine, and the Straits Times. He has also serve stints as Script Reader for the Singapore Film Commission and Script Judge for the Singapore National Screenwriting Competition in 2005, as well as being the former Secretariat and Script Coach for the Screenwriters Association (Singapore).
Mun Ying has conducted workshops for the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Media Development Authority (MDA) and the Screenwriters Association ( Singapore ). He is a member of the Creativity Coaching Association, USA , and is currently engaged in on-going research on incorporating mythic journeys, metaphors, symbolic modelling, games/simulations as creativity coaching tools in academic and corporate training settings.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

16th FNS Forum

FNS is proud to present the 16th FNS Forum.

Date: 10 Mar 07
Time: 9am to 12nn

Facilitator: Ms Jane Grafton
Co facilitated by: Ms Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Topic of Facilitation: Authenticity and Personal Expression

This is a 2.5 hour session, with tea break, that allows you to find out more about yourself. To find out more about it, register yourself with us at www.FNS.sg . An administrative charge of $10.00 is applicable upon registration.

CV of Ms Jane E Grafton MBE MBA MEd (Coaching) FCIPD
Management Trainer, International Consulting, People Development, Management Coaching,
Creativity & Innovation, Assessment & Selection Profile

26 years progressive management experience. Worked with private sector, local government, the voluntary, public sector and own a People Development business in Singapore. Designed and delivered personal development workshops in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Germany. Awarded the MBE for researching and designing a Management Development Programme. Regularly coach senior managers in management, communication and continuous personal learning.

Monday, February 26, 2007

An Introduction on Facilitators Network Singapore

Affiliation with the IAF

FNS is affilitated with International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and collaborates internationally and regionally in organising appropriate events for facilitators. Besides organising IAF Asia Conferences, FNS also organises regular learning and development activities for facilitators in Singapore and the region.


FNS fully supports IAF values:
  • Inclusiveness - including the full spectrum of personal, professional and cultural diversity in our membership and in the field of facilitation
  • Gobbal Scope - Connecting and serving facilitators locally, nationally and internationally
  • Participation - Advocating participative methodologies that generate ownership of decisions and actions
  • Celebration - Celebrating life through spirit filled interchange, activities and events
  • Innovative Form - Modeling a participative and flexible organisational structure that promotes growth, change and learning
  • Social Responsibility - Supporting socially responsible change within provate, public and voluntaru organisations