The Facilitation MasterClass: A Two Day Intensive Experience

A Conversation Factory/Think Clearly Joint

Offered October 2017

The Facilitation Masterclass is a two day transformative experience in leadership and presence. Stay in the loop to find out when the next session is offered.

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facilitate TRANSFORMATive conversations 

Bring diverse stakeholders together more effortlessly with an expanded toolkit and skillset for state-of-the-art creative collaboration. 

Bring People together to talk, learn and decide on new plans and new actions, to move things forward.


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drive alignment and vision with confidence 

Working Visually and collaboratively will get people up, at the wall and thinking clearly together!

It's not just about a bigger toolbox, but developing the internal resources to draw on to be the master facilitator you need to be.

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rethink your workshop design approach

Plan your workshops and meetings like any experience: holistically, with humans at the center, and for maximizing delight.

Who should take this workshop:

If you're a leader, an emergent leader, a scrum master, a product manager, a UX designer, a strategist, a marketer...if you work with people and try to bring them together to make choices, you'll find benefit from your time spent in this master class!

Workshop Style:

This is not a "chalk-and-talk" or "sage-on-the-stage" format. The days will be highly interactive with multiple facilitation simulations, activities and collaborative sessions. You'll leave having had the chance to try on a variety of new facilitation approaches in a safe space.

Workshop Size:

Intimate! We'd like to cap the attendance at 20


Your instructors

Spend a weekend with two master facilitators and leave with a deepened set of tools, perspectives and colleagues to help you transform the meetings and workshops you host and the organizations you work with. 

Mathias in Repose

Mathias in Repose

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Daniel taking a workshop selfie

Mathias is the creator of Think Clearly. Born in Denmark, he founded his first company at age 15, building digital solutions for companies.

Powered by digital, he later branched into fashion journalism and photography before moving to New York City, where he worked as a life coach and consultant for startup CEOs and corporate executives. He has worked with Bloomberg, Google, The New York Times, Carrot Creative, Holstee, Coca-Cola, Pratt, The Wharton School, CUNY, FiftyThree and many more.

Mathias has a M.Sc. degree from Aarhus University, Denmark.


Daniel helps Organizations and Teams have more forward-moving conversations about design and innovation. He designs and facilitates workshops and builds organizational structures that foster agility and productivity. He's also a design entrepreneur, having founded Gothamsmith, a 3D-printed accessories company, and The Design Gym, a design thinking education company, which he exited in 2015. He is now an independent Design Facilitator and Conversation Designer.

Daniel has over 10 years working with and scaling design thinking in organizations of all shapes and sizes. Former clients include Accenture, Capital One, Priceline, Marriott, The Institute of International Education, Abbot Pharmaceuticals, Panasonic and The NYC Public School Innovation Lab.

Daniel has an MID from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.


The workshop will run 10-5 each day, with light refreshments provided at 9:30 each AM. We'll work together during the morning with a break, and then have lunch on our own. The afternoon will follow a similar pattern, and we'll break promptly at five. The location will be selected later, and will be a central and convenient spot!

Guest Facilitators For our october session:

Each day we hosted a distinct voice in the Facilitation space for a special session. We're thrilled they joined us!

Uli Beutter Cohen on Mindful Communication


Uli is the creator of the Subway Book Review and the co-editor of Eye Level, with a decade of tech and media experience for brands from Nike to Interscope.

Mathias and I have had the pleasure of working with her while she was a leading instructor at Hyper Island. A trained communication coach, Uli will be leading us though a series of exercises day 2 to help us deepen our communication toolset. We're thrilled she is joining us as a guest facilitator!

Read more about Uli at 

More about mindful communication

Do you wish your team could understand you better? Feel like your client doesn’t always hear you? Sense that opportunities are missed because of communication breakdowns?

Great communication isn’t about being the loudest person in the room - it’s about being aware of the quality of connection. In this workshop-within-a-workshop, you will explore tactics that help you be a clear, confident, and more mindful communicator, no matter your role or industry. Led by communication coach and entrepreneur Uli Beutter Cohen.


* Learn how to better express yourself with your team and clients.
* Practice active listening tools you can use right away.
* Feel more confident and more connected to others.

Professor Robert Bordone ON Managing Perceptions, Intentions, and Blame in Difficult Conversations

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ROBERT C. BORDONE is the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founding director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program.  He teaches several courses at Harvard Law School including the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop.  Bob also teaches in the Harvard Negotiation Institute and the Harvard Program on Negotiation’s Negotiation and Leadership Executive Education seminars. Bob is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in Government and of Harvard Law School. You can follow him on Twitter with the handle @bobbordone.

More about Professor Bordone's session:

Conversations about perceptions, blame, identity, emotions and relationships are often the toughest for us to navigate. They keep us up at night, spin in our minds, and, at times are navigated unskillfully or avoided entirely. What tools can help us both understand these conversations better and help us prepare for them and conduct them more successfully?

In this session, we will explore the structure of challenging conversations and offer some practical tips for handling them more successfully. 

Key takeaways

* learn a framework for thinking more clearly about your own toughest conversations

* develop tools for more successfully navigating these conversations in your own life

* better understand the pitfalls inherent in challenging conversations