About the International Association of Facilitators (IAF)

I was asked the other day, “What is IAF or The International Association of Facilitators?” After a short explanation and some resources from the IAF Website, I felt the question was answered.

Still, it is a great question.

Sometimes a video can provide a great answer. The following is the recent video provided by IAF.

For additional information on IAF, please visit the IAF website at https://iaf-world.org

To learn more about the upcoming IAF Certified Professional Assessment in Toronto, visit our recent blog post.


The Future of Mind Mapping

Blair Young posted a great blog article on the future of Mind Mapping. The article provides insights on how mind mapping is poised to make the shift to the next level of supporting teams and organizations in visualizing data and creative thinking. Today’s software opens the door to help facilitators and leaders to think differently about how teams work with and use data on a daily basis.

The power of mind mapping software today rests in its ability to do three things that really make a difference to teams.

  1. Integration – Today’s applications make it possible to build maps that integrate with databases, software applications (e.g., Office 365) and project management software (e.g., Microsoft Project).
  2. Collaboration – Many applications allow groups of people to co-build maps that can support collective planning, decision making and thinking together to support new innovations and changes.
  3. Mathematics – Some applications allow you to build maps that have math built into the design. Using the math functions, one can see options, build scenarios and explore implications combining math and visualization in one place.

With so many great Mind Mapping applications on the market, one can find an application to support your thinking and the work of your team. I like to use mind mapping it to building focused conversations for teams.

You can find Bill Young’s article here. I would encourage you to read it.

Then find a Mind Mapping program of interest for you and give it a spin. You will be surprised at what you can do to support your team.

And in answer to your question – I use Mind Manager by Mindjet!

Have a great day.


IAF Certified Professional Facilitator Assessment

The International Associaton of Facilitators will be back to Toronto on December 5th and 6th for the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) assessment. If you are thinking about obtaining your CPF, this is a good time to plan ahead. The deadline for registration is August 29th.

Plan ahead and register.

For additional information, visit the site for additional information on the critical dates and the application forms.

The first step to a great experience is to register well before the August 29th deadline.

To learn more about the CPF Process, visit the site for some great insights.