Principles of Effective Facilitation: Cat Herding 101

APA Virginia Chapter


Friday, November 30, 2018, midnight
Tuesday, December 31, 2019, midnight CST

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Provide an overview of the key fundamental skills facilitators need in order to lead productive meetings as part of a public input, consensus building, or conflict resolution process. We will examine the general principles and the specific techniques for conducting successful input and consensus building meetings of all kinds.


1.   Functions of Facilitators

2.   Basic Principles of Facilitation

3.   Typical Steps for Facilitating a Group Discussion

4.   Typical Ground Rules

5.   Consensus Building and Prioritizing

6.   Handling Difficult People

7.   Questions, Answers, Discussion among participants

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Milton Herd

Milton Herd, FAICP, is President of Herd Planning & Design, Ltd., a planning consulting firm based in Leesburg, Virginia, which he founded in 1991. He has over 30 years of award-winning experience as a community planning consultant and facilitator, specializing in collaborative planning processes for comprehensive plans, area plans, strategic plans, and zoning ordinances, mostly for local governments. He has served more than 75 localities throughout Virginia, as well as localities in ten other states. In 2014 was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). Mr. Herd has led or helped author 14 plans and ordinances that have received awards from state or national organizations. As a consultant, eight of his firm’s planning projects have received awards from local Chapters of the American Planning Association and the Virginia Association of Counties. Prior to establishing the firm, Herd was Planning Director for the County of Loudoun, Virginia, where he directed the preparation of six award-winning planning documents, including the County’s General Plan adopted in 1991, which won the National Award for comprehensive planning from the American Planning Association (APA) in 1994. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture from the University of Florida.