1st Training to Learn and Teach AoC Trainings, and Co-create the Evolution of Art of Convening for the Future

Dec 6, 20, Jan 3, 17, 31, Feb 14, 28, Mar 14

Thursdays, 8 2.5-hour Zoom Sessions
6:00pm-8:30pm Central US

All sessions are live and interactive, use the Zoom virtual platform, and are recorded for post-session viewing.

On Becoming a Certified Convening Leader

This is an invitation for you to heed the call to share your gifts and purpose as a convener more fully. It is time to bring the AoC to your world in new ways!

Join the ranks of a worldwide community of conveners now as a Certified Trainer, and start discovering how the skills taught in this training help participants transform relationships, meetings and lives—and enable your organization or community to achieve sustainable results.  

Training at a Glance

This 8-session Train the Trainer Certification (T3) is designed for those who wish to deliver powerful top-notch convenings of any kind: from 1-hour to multi-year engagement.

You’ll work with the actual scripts and templates that have been delivered over the past 14 years along with creative applications developed by cohort Grads. You will

- become a Certified Convening Leader;
- explore the “shadow side” of convening: the challenges and learning edges;
- learn how to embed and share convening in your work practice, your daily life, your leadership; 
- practice the inner game and outer ways that convening enriches every interaction;
- receive and contribute to new learning models and publications.
- develop a personal action plan for next steps.

You will have access to all Trainer resources (see below).

Who is this Training for?

All Graduates of an Art of Convening Training.


Online library of trainer tools and resources.


Trainer conversation filled with useful tips, news, and reminders to help you maintain and expand what you learned in certification.


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9 steps to collaboration



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  • 9 Steps to Engagement and Collaboration

  • Your Purpose Manifesto

  • Hearing All the Voices

  • Virtual Meetings Skills

  • Convening Wheel Enhanced: Principles, Challenges, Essential Questions

  • Principles of Conversation & Convening

  • Design Principles

  • Connect to Lead: the latest brain science

  • Building Trust: Creating Environments of Mutual Trust and Respect

  • What Does Mastery Mean?

Tools you are certified to teach and share:

  • Course scripts and curriculum for the Core Training

  • Convening Wheel principles, challenges and application

  • Convening Design Worksheet

  • Transition exercises

  • Council Process

  • Stringing the beads: Hearing all the voices

  • Principles of Conversation

  • Principles of Convening

  • Design Principles

  • Zoom platform training

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5 payments of $200

15% discount for Graduates of AoC Certification or 2017-2018 Grad Journey


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craig neal

Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal

AoC Graduate trainings enable a deeper exploration of who we are in our humanity, and as conveners. Mastering the medium is important for any art, and the Art of Convening is no different.
— Cindy Wold, Wold Wide Web, co-author, The Art of Convening book, convener, writer

In my first convening class, I was oriented to the Art of Convening, a valuable framework for authentic conversation. Grad trainings truly take AoC to the next level.  You will find your true voice, learn to engage in a more purposeful way, and mature your inner game of leadership.
— Kim Kristenson-Lee, Labyrinth Leadership, Organization Effectiveness and Talent Renewal
These virtual courses offer amazing structure as they work with great heart and mind transforming us to be more aware and self-confident in all of our engagements.
— Gloria Wallace
We unlock meeting potential with holistic planning, mindful practice and positive impact. As leader-convener,  I am everyday authentically engaging others to gets things done easier, faster, better, together. Thank you Craig and Patricia!”
— Betsy Bailey, President-elect; Association of Training and Development, Greater Twin Cities Chapter (ATD-GTC)
For the leader wanting engagement and participation from their team at meetings, the Art of Convening is the place for you. You will explore, build on and refine your convening skills. Make your meetings the ones everyone wants to attend.
— John A Wood, Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Fleetwood Corporation Ltd - Australia