Every new YPO member wishing to join a forum is expected to participate in a one day Forum Fundamentals training led by a Certified Facilitator. I relate to this day as an initiation of sorts for the new member. It serves as a formal immersion into the twin pillars of forum structure and forum spirit.
- New members gain knowledge about the basics of the forum system and its rationale for effective functioning.
- Throughout the day you come to realize the ways in which the 8 Forum Success Principles are interwoven into the operations of a high performing team of learning leaders.
- You learn the “road rule skills” of how to optimally participate and contribute in a high trust environment.
- You will appreciate why adherence to these codes and success principles are necessary in crafting a dynamic incubator for growth.
At the same time, Forum Fundamentals training engages the heart of forum. The training invites participants into experiential learning exercises that showcase what a well-run forum look and feels like.
- You discover how to take well-calibrated and healthy risks; all in the service of developing trust and openness while crafting a safe container that is transformative.
- Experience how exercising vulnerable power leads to healthy emotional dynamics.
- Discover the reasons why clean interpersonal processes create deep and fulfilling relationships in forum and in your life.
So, on the one hand, a thorough and thoughtful explanation of the “letter of the law” is essential.
- This “science of forum” includes strategic thinking and planning, as well as the block and tackle dimensions of the setting.
And, on the other hand, the “spirit of the law” involves an experiential exploration into the dynamics of interpersonal group process.
- Opportunities to practice the forum protocol principles of empathy, listening, inquiring and sharing, delivers first-hand knowledge of the powerful forum experience that new members have been hearing about.
Our WPO Dallas Chapter is appreciative of your excellent work in helping to kick off and facilitate the first meetings with new forums (both member forums and also NextGen forums). Members of the young adult forum were inspired, and told me you were terrific in helping them with the need for commitment, mutual respect and confidentiality. Recently, some of us WPO’ers were reflecting on how you bring a creative blend of support and challenge to forum work, so as to bake the learning without burning it. Thank you for walking us along that edge.
Bert is an exceptional teacher and an invaluable partner in our YPO Forum training program. What sets Bert apart is not his strong ability to connect a new YPO member to the core principles and values of Forum. Rather, it is his ability to help a YPO member truly experience the power of Forum as part of the training experience that makes him so special. I never hesitate to ask members to spend a whole day with Bert because I know they will leave that day energized by the power of Forum and even more excited about the value of YPO. Inviting Bert into your forum creates transformation. Indeed, it may prove to be the most transformative experience your forum will have.
Just a quick thank you for the Forum Fundamentals training yesterday. I have a much deeper appreciation for the concept and the beauty of what I consider to be a very exciting part of YPO. Your teaching style is at once informative and creative. “Playfully insightful” captures it for me.
Thank you for meeting with our forum. We were in a “make it or break it mode”. After taking the time to get recalibrated with our forum and recommitted to our goals, all of our members decided to stay with our forum. Since then, we have all put forth more intentional effort to prepare for our meetings and to go deeper in our presentations and updates. The value the members have been able to take away from our meetings has increased tremendously. I appreciate your help in getting us focused on the possibilities that we had in our forum that we had forgotten how to achieve. Thank you for your preparation for our meeting and for steering us to the realization that we wanted to achieve more and could achieve more from our forum experience.
I wanted to thank you for the training and coaching you conducted for our chapter. You were definitely the man for the job! I was very worried that one person wouldn’t be able to address all the different needs that our chapter had through a weeklong process with so many different forums. But your background and education proved to be EXACTLY what we needed. Your name continues to be brought up at our chapter events and we look forward to working together in the future. Thanks again for the successful training and moderating… let’s stay in touch.
Bert stands out amongst other YPO facilitators I’ve experienced over the years. I would recommend his expertise highly to forums interested in a powerful learning experience. Bert brought a very thoughtful and client centered approach to our forum retreat. It was just what we needed. Amidst some standing challenges, he skillfully facilitated a raw and natural working-through process. Bert was pleasant, affordable and accommodating, and I would highly recommend him to others.
Bert crafted an amazing YPO retreat experience, and he is a pleasure to work with altogether. We made great strides in creating a solid foundation for our group to build upon going forward. He makes magic seem so easy. Moreover, Bert’s communication skills are best in class. Whether your forum is well seasoned or just starting out, if you are stuck or you’re thriving, Bert will meet you where you are and take your group to the next stage.
Bert’s teaching mastery unfolds naturally. He puts you at ease and you trust him right away. His well-developed sense of humor is complemented with a breadth of knowledge that makes learning a fun journey of discovery.
Bert stands out amongst other YPO facilitators I’ve experienced over the years. I would recommend his expertise highly to forums interested in a powerful learning experience.
Thank you for facilitating our retreat. Everything that had been stuck moved along so surprisingly well. We accomplished what I’d only dreamed we could. And thank you so much for the bonus talks in the car which were eye-opening and mind-changing. Wow! Life is full of twists, turns, and surprises.