How to succeed at virtual facilitation

With Andrew Odgers
17th July, 9.30am – 1.00pm

This short, practical course is designed to give you the knowledge and experience necessary to fulfil the role of virtual facilitator successfully.

To find out more, and book your place, click here.


Virtual Team Building
Thursday 2nd July 2.15pm – 3.00pm

Register here.

Whilst many of us are working remotely, we’re also looking forward to when some of us can return to the office, albeit in a different way.

During this webinar Ruth Cook be exploring the importance of team building at this testing time; how to maintain motivation, focus and co-operation with team members when some but not all maybe back in the office at any one time, and we look to a longer term future of a possible mix of office and home working.

The webinar will include:

  • Why team building is important at this time
  • Virtual team building – making it a success
  • Action learning for teams –a brief introduction to a methodology we use to develop well-functioning teams and when it is appropriate

Ruth will also include examples of how virtual team building has helped in real situations, for clients that we have worked with.

If you are in a leadership or consultancy role right now, this webinar will prove invaluable, I hope you can join us.

Just click here to register.



How to Succeed at Virtual Facilitation – Your Questions Answered

1st June 2020

Following on from our webinar on How to Succeed at Virtual Facilitation, we ran a live, interactive session during which we took some of the more popular questions we’ve received on this topic and took time to give them fuller answers.

If you are an L&D or OD specialist, a coach, facilitator or consultant, or perhaps managing remote teams or delivering training remotely, this webinar gives you practical tips so you have the confidence to fulfil your role successfully.

Some of the themes discussed are:

  • Starting a virtual session – important housekeeping guidance and how to set the scene for a positive experience for all
  • Managing participation – how to promote full engagement and ensure your virtual session meets its objectives
  • Coping with different levels of technology competency
  • Creative exercises – making interactive sessions work

Sonja Antell hosted this session.

How to Succeed at Virtual Facilitation

17th April 2020

Last month we hosted a popular webinar on Best Practice in Facilitation. We followed on with this webinar to help you quickly adapt to current circumstances and understand the skills and attributes needed to succeed at virtual facilitation.

With teams working remotely, this webinar is designed to help you  manage people from a distance, listen to their concerns, and encourage and motivate them during difficult and unsettled times.

What will you learn?

  • How to set up the right conditions to work virtually
  • How to prepare yourself and manage your presence
  • How to prepare others for productive events, including technical and environmental considerations
  • How to promote and manage group interaction to ensure full participation from all present

Hosted by Sonja Antell, she packs this session with useful hints and tips. It is a great refresher for skilled face to face facilitators who need to adapt to virtual working, and for those new to facilitation.

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Best Practice in Facilitation – Your Questions Answered

16th March 2020, 2.30pm – 3.15pm

Last November, Ruth Cook hosted a webinar called Best Practice in Facilitation. It was extremely popular, and included a Q&A session during which we received far more questions than Ruth had time to answer.

So, to set the record straight, we took those questions, and more, live on the webinar, and delved deeper into the art of great facilitation.

Specifically, we covered 4 topics:

  • Emotional tone – how to manage energy and level of participation in the room
  • Contracting in facilitation – ensuring clarity of aims
  • Facilitation styles and cultures
  • Facilitation tools e.g. De Bono’s 6 hats – what are they and when should they be used?

This webinar is for you if you want to hone your facilitation skills to run better meetings, to facilitate group discussions with confidence, and improve your existing skills.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the role of a facilitator so that you can be confident you are adding value in this capacity.

Your host is Sonja Antell and she also explains how action learning fits into general facilitation to give you an insight into the benefits of both.

In response to increased interest and demand for virtual action learning and virtual facilitation, we will be running new courses and webinar in the near future and will announce more soon.

In the meantime, if you wish to talk to Sonja on this subject, please email

Understanding Best Practice in Group Facilitation

21st November 2019 2.30pm – 3.15pm GMT

Facilitation of groups requires a set of skills and competences to ensure that the session objectives are met and that the process works to include everyone.

In this webinar we talk about facilitation of any group, not specifically action learning and Ruth shares best practice based on her experience of facilitating teams, Boards and groups – both large and small.

You will:

  • Understand best practice in facilitation
  • Explore the role of the facilitator
  • Understand the types of intervention facilitators can use

We had a Q&A section at the end, when participants asked Ruth specific questions about their experiences of facilitation.

New course: Best Practice in Facilitation. This one day course will take you through all the skills you need to be a great facilitator. Find out more.


Webinar: Why a culture of continuous learning matters.

21st May 2.30pm – 3.15pm GMT.

Hosted by Sonja Antell, find out how action learning effectively embeds life long learning skills into the daily interactions of your people.

Following an introduction to the merits of adopting a learning culture the webinar follows our popular interactive format with questions from participants which Sonja answers.

To find out more about action learning, watch any of our series of webinars designed to reveal more about the action learning process and the applications and benefits of action learning. They give a real insight, from exploring the theory to experiencing a an action learning set at work.

Action Learning – Building Lasting Change

28th January 2019 at 2pm (GMT)
By Ruth Cook

During our 20th Anniversary Celebrations at the end of last year, we were overwhelmed with the generosity of feedback received from customers past and present.

We heard many stories of how action learning has changed lives, careers, even whole organisations and movements, all of course for the better. Comments received were truly heartfelt and it was gratifying to revisit the results of 20 years of work in this field.

During this webinar, Ruth Cook has brought together as many examples as she can of how action learning has been used in different ways to bring about lasting change.

She’ll also took a variety of questions from participants about the situations they were facing , and how action learning might help.

By the end of the webinar, you’ll have a greater understanding of why action learning is such a versatile and powerful driver for change and more specifically, how you can add it to your own developmental tool set.

Action learning – your questions answered

17th October 2018

Ruth Cook hosted this webinar in which she expanded on the different applications of action learning, giving examples of where and how the process is used, and the benefits to individuals and organisations. She then went on to answer questions from our participants, many of which were detailed and demonstrated a deep level of interest in action learning and the practical aspects of using it in the workplace.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask Ruth, please contact her directly at

Action Learning – Question Time

11th July 2018

If you’ve ever wondered what action learning is, how it can help, and more importantly, if it is right for your organisation, here’s something that might be of interest.

We hosted a live webinar on 11th July during which our  Director, Sonja Antell answered questions from participants.

The questions were many and varied, covering a broad range of topics around the practical applications of running action learning sets through to exploring different models of action learning, and how to manage  when there are more reluctant participants in a set.

If you have more questions and would like a no obligation chat with Sonja, please contact us at info@actionlearningassociates and we will be happy to arrange a telephone appointment.

Action learning for leaders – an experiential webinar

Mandy Hetherton presents this webinar on the use of action learning particularly for those in leadership positions. With case study references and a live taster action learning session, it is packed with useful information and gives a great insight into the applications and effectiveness of action learning in the workplace.

Resilience in the workplace – an undervalued asset?

Work isn’t all about money – a key motivational factor is feeling valued as an employee.

In these uncertain and changing times, the workplace environment is becoming ever more demanding. The organisations that will thrive are the ones that can support, engage and retain their staff. Without it, they risk plummeting productivity and losing top talent.

In this interactive webinar, our guest presenter Dr Jeremy Cross details:

  • why there is an urgent need to focus on employee resilience and well-being
  • practical strategies you can put in place to boost resilience and well-being in your organisation
  • case study examples (from the finance sector, professional services, NHS, and local government) showing how Action Learning is a highly effective intervention

Dr Jeremy Cross is an independent leadership consultant with over 15 years experience delivering accredited training for leading commercial and public sector organisations such as Nike, LEGO and the NHS. This is an informative webinar, packed with useful insights and strategies for immediate implementation.

What’s in a voice? The art of listening

You may be aware that we often conduct action learning sets virtually, bringing set members together from different locations. The demand for this service is on the increase, as budgets are squeezed and the cost of travel prohibits face to face meetings. During this webinar, John Heywood shares some of his research into virtual action learning, as well as some key message for successful virtual action learning.

Live action learning webinar

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to experience an action learning set, this webinar reveals all. We present a real life issue and open the chat function to take questions from our webinar participants. We explain how large organisations like the Body Shop, Heineken, Charitable Foundations and the Arts have used action learning to achieve diverse objectives and how you can apply action learning to great effect in your own organisation.

The secrets of action learning – what makes it so powerful?

We’re often asked what distinguishes action learning from other forms of professional development training, and what makes it so effective. Our first webinar lifts the lid on those secrets of success and how action learning can be a catalyst for enhanced organisational performance. We also explain the theory behind the practice, include examples of how this works in organisations, and a short taster session in which the webinar participants were able to experience action learning real time.