Ideas and tips to get along and get stuff done------------ --- ---- March 14, 2023
Never been to a Make Shift Coffee House?

Here's your chance. We're having a one-time in-person event at Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport, Maine on Saturday, April 1, 2023. You're invited!
What are YOUR answers to the above questions and WHY do you believe what you believe? Come tell us. And come hear from your neighbors. I will be facilitating.

For this unique event I've teamed up with The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. After the Make Shift Coffee House in the morning, I'm going to spend the rest of the day with chaplaincy students discussing how to converse across differences.
As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s simply about UNDERSTANDING each other’s views; how we have come to believe the things that we believe. It will be a unique opportunity to say what you think, and hear from others who think differently, with respect.

Want to reminisce all those Make Shift Coffee Houses we had a few years back? Here's a fun video we made at our three-year mark. You might be in the video! Want to learn what a Make Shift Coffee House is like? Check out this page.
Free Snacks and Coffee. Live Music. No charge. All welcome.
You don't need to register in advance. Just come.
Free Online Training on How to be INCLUSIVE
WEDNESDAY, March 22, 1pm EST, No Charge, Register Here
After some basic TRAINING on how to make good group decisions, Annie and I will have a little TALK SHOW where we will discuss techniques, challenges, and solutions for including all perspectives. Then we will take YOUR questions. And we also want to hear about techniques that YOU have found useful.

After the session I will provide each participant with Highlight Notes that include links to resources. Should be fun. And educational. I hope you join us.
My special guest for this Training Talk Show will be professional facilitator Annie Doran. Always with a lens of systems change from the inside-out, Annie develops cross-sector collaborations and consults with nonprofits to conduct values-based & community-informed strategic planning. Learn about Annie here.

Free | All Welcome

My friend and colleague Kate Cockrill recently published a newsletter about how to make good group decisions. And it includes a fun story about deciding to take her family to Paris. And springing the idea on her husband. And her family.

Kate shares a simple tip for how she might have made the decision differently.

And check out her other articles and resources to help you Thrive At Work. Thanks Kate!

A Star from Kirkus Reviews!

Folks, I'm thrilled to report that my book Together We Decide, An Essential Guide for Making Good Group Decisions was featured in the February Edition of Kirkus Reviews and they gave it one of their coveted stars.

From the review: The book’s tone is direct and personal, with clear explanations and apt metaphors. Throughout, the author examines group dynamics thoughtfully and considers key ideas from different angles. Charts, sidebars, and boxed “Insight” sections help clarify and amplify core concepts. This book provides know-how that organizations, businesses, and communities may find empowering and offers hope that people can successfully address major challenges of the era by working together: “It’s not us versus them, it’s just us.”

Future FREE Online Trainings

Did you know that I offer a free online Training Talk Show every month?

Always at 1pm Maine Time. Each one is just 50 minutes. On the fourth Wednesday.

The objective is to provide basic training to the novice and keen insights to the expert, in an entertaining format that’s free and easy access for all. Sometimes I have special guests. I always invite audience participation. Each one starts with some basic training about how to make good group decisions and then get's into a special topic.

Click on any date below to learn more and/or register. I'll send you an email reminder.

Here's a comment from an anonymous evaluation from the February session: "Each of Craig's presentations are one-of-a-kind experience, no two alike, and there's no way to improve on how Craig engages each and every individual with encouragement throughout to be present in the discussions."

We had 85 registered for the last one. Won't you join us for the next one?
To Help You Get Along
Written and published by Craig Freshley. Thanks for walking along with me.
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