Register by July 20, 2012 to receive the Early Bird Special Price of $1,475.00 USD*.

After July 20, 2012, price for this workshop will increase to $1,800.00 USD.

*Registration includes four full days of instruction, continental breakfast, lunch, instructional materials and a supervised practicum.


Tuesday August 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM PDT
Friday August 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM PDT

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Sara Aguilar (Email)
Company of Experts, Inc.
Tel: 702-228-4699 / Fax: 702-242-6182

Flexible Registration Options:

Don't want to register online? Company of Experts has created flexible registrations for you...

Fax: To register by fax, click here to download our registration form, fill it out, and fax it to our office at (702) 242.6182. You will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days to confirm your registration .

Phone: We also process registrations taken over the phone. Just call our office (702) 228.4699 and we will be happy to process your order over the phone.


University of Nevada, Reno 
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557

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"It is exciting to be moving through each day in this new state of consciousness. I am grateful for the opportunity and excited about the potential."
Janel Sloan

"It was so much fun to finally have the opportunity to facilitate the entire process, and now, to submit my practicum for evaluation. I greatly appreciate the high quality of the Company of Experts AI training, and all that you do to keep the organization vibrant, including the email newsletter. Many principles of AI have been woven through other work I do."
Susan Sanford

"This was the best, most informative, richest, and most organized workshop I have attended in 25 years!
Joan Trottier

"This workshop was valuable and I appreciated the authenticity and solid information.  The opportunities to practice facilitation among the group."
Ritch Hochstetler

"The workshop was well done. The contents and presentation were valuable to improve my profession as a change agent."
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Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT)
Reno, Nevada / August 14 - 17, 2012

What might be possible if community of organization members were fully engaged and using their strengths to collectively achieve shared visions?


Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities in hundred of countries around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning, fully engaging everyone in the organization.


Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training© (AIFT) engages participants to learn about the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry as well as the skills to facilitate inquiry sessions. At the end of this intensive Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT), participants will understand how to guide organizations, groups, and communities to consciously and deliberately shift their collective way of being and seeing to an appreciative approach, that will help them focus on what's right in their organization, group or community, rather than on what's wrong.

This Appreciative Inquiry foundations course includes mini-lectures, and experiential learning (individual, pairs, trios, small group, and large group) as well as auditory and visual materials to enhance the learning experience. Each day has a morning and afternoon session; a morning and afternoon break; and one hour for lunch.

This training is designed for:

Leaders in businesses and corporations, community development, educational organizations governmental organizations, and nonprofit organizations--in short, anyone who wants to learn how to facilitate Appreciative Inquiry. We encourage a team of at least two people from each organization, group, or community to attend so they can return home ready to co-facilitate AI sessions.

Our objective:

By focusing on the organizations strengths, you can evolve into a true “center of excellence” while avoiding the risks and pitfalls associated with “reinventing” operational service, delivery and support. The refocus may include everything from reducing risk and long-term capital cost—by understanding what is and is not critical to the overall success of the organization—to refining and optimizing service levels through effective and efficient business solutions.

To enhance the outcomes and planning processes currently in place by using a strengths-based approach (Appreciative Inquiry). Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a highly adaptable philosophy and process for engaging people in building the organization and world that they want to work and live in. By encouraging a broad range of stakeholders, both within and outside the system to ask positive questions about peak experiences or successes, create shared meaning of the answers, and act on the responses. AI serves as a wellspring for transformational change.

Our approach:

Our approach revolves around a simple idea: building upon the organization’s strengths – by providing skills and confidence to the Stakeholders to develop a framework for planning and implementing change and developing energy for that change. One of the fundamentals of our success is utilizing the existing talents and resources of the organization to enhance customer satisfaction, business goals, and stakeholder engagement.

We are committed to providing the expertise necessary to help organizations achieve their success and retention goals while reducing their training and operational costs. We have a series of recommendations that organizations may choose from based on time and financial opportunities that drive the organization through to its vision.

The Center for Appreciative Inquiry and Company of Experts have developed their training and coaching programs for immediate and long-term impact, focusing on changing workplace practices rather than trying to change people.


This Appreciative Inquiry foundations course includes mini-lectures, and experiential learning (individual, pairs, trios, small group, and large group) as well as auditory and visual materials to enhance the learning experience. Each day has a morning and afternoon session; a morning and afternoon break; and one hour for lunch.**

Day One - Experiencing Appreciative Inquiry
Learn basic process and experience AI by participating in a facilitated Appreciative Inquiry led by the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training Trainers

Day Two - Understanding the power of Appreciative Inquiry

Actively learn about the concepts, principles, theories and research.

Day Three - Planning
Plan and practice how you will begin helping your organization, group, or community build upon their

Day Four - Practicing

  • Practice two exercises you can take home to use Appreciative Inquiry in your personal and professional life.
  • Practice choosing the best language, words for facilitating Appreciative Inquiry within a particular culture.
  • Begin developing your plan to become a certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator by completing a Practicum/Supervised Experience.

We start each day on time and work diligently to maintain the schedule, honoring the commitment to the learning experience. We have found full participation to be the most productive for the participants and the trainers.  To obtain a letter of completion (and to be eligible for consideration for certification) each participant must complete 24 training hours. Days one through four begin at 8:30 a.m. for continental breakfast and networking. The training sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. each day.

**If you have special dietary needs, please email Sara Aguilar.


Outcomes - Certification
At the end of the four-day training and completion of a supervised practicum, participants will be eligible for certification to facilitate or co-facilitate Appreciative Inquiry sessions in a program, department, division, organization, group, or community on any topic that focuses on human systems change, i.e., "the way we do things."
Learn more about our AIFTs outcomes and certification requirements.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). Please note that travel, accommodations and hotel/airport transportation are not included. We advise that you do not make any nonrefundable travel arrangements until the training is confirmed.


We have arranged a reduced room rate at the Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino for individuals participating in this event. To receive the discounted room price, you will first need to register for the training, after which we will provide you with a confirmation of registration along with the group code needed to reserve your room.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
407 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: (775) 329-4777

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