"Convening is different from facilitation. By definition, facilitation is 'the process of making things easy or easier.'  Conveners invite participants to co-create the highest possible outcome for a meeting or gathering."  - Craig Neal

Consider every meeting or conversation an opportunity for maximum engagement, not just another meeting.  Bring your conversations and meetings to the next level of greatness.

The Art of Convening (AoC) teaches the art and science of designing and leading meeting and conversations that are inspirational, productive and transformative for all involved. You will learn how the skills of inner game of being a convener can harness the various practices and techniques taught to literally shift the culture of your team, department or organization from the status quo to full-on commitment.

AoC trainings focus on whole-person, purposeful leadership in real-time application, and the power of creating an intentional engagement strategy for yourself and those you lead. 

Our various training formats offer you everything from an innovative Virtual training to a substantial introductory Core Program to a Trainer Certification. Each step of the way is a journey into personal and professional learning and application of the technology of relationships.



convening wheel:  9 steps to collaboration




Jul 11, 25, Aug 8, 22, Sep 5
8:00am-9:30am Central US    World Clock

$249.00 - $205 early bird by 6/1/18


Session 1: Introduction, Overview: 
At the Heart of the Matter, Intent, "Webside Manner"

Session 2: The Architecture of Designing Powerful Virtual Meetings: Invitation, Context

Session 3: Creating Safe Spaces, Hearing All the Voices, Your Case Study, 

Session 4: The Challenges: Essential Conversation, Creation, Holding Paradox and Disruption

Session 5: 9 Steps to Collaboration: Synthesis, Application



√ Pre and Post Assessments- A thorough survey of skills and desired outcomes that measures growth and potential (Core)

√ A copy of The Art of Convening book or e-version

√ A copy of The Power of Purpose book or e-version (Trainer courses)

√ Curriculum: overview of the AoC Book, course readings, journaling  
includes an overview of the AoC Book combined with an exploration of the practices, principles, challenges and successes of convening

√ Interactive exercises designed to maximize collaborative learning and application-

√ Applied learning: Each training incorporates a "Case Study" and Council Process reflective inquiry as a tool and metric with which you will be able to design a specific convening opportunity in your life and/or work

√ Learn & practice peer coaching and the 9 Steps to Collaboration in a highly interactive learning environment.

√ 1:1 coaching call with CPL/AoC Certified Leader (Core and Trainer)

“I (and many of my co-workers) have been honored to be able to receive training and coaching from Center for Purposeful Leadership, and have loved working with them. Their guidance and subtle coaching have contributed to a culture shift in my organization, leading to more productive meetings, stronger collaborations, and more positive personal interactions.”


Sep 12, 28, Oct 10, 24, Nov 7, 21, Dec 5
7:00pm-9:00pm Central US    

$795.00 - $595 early bird by 7/15/18


Session 1: At the Heart of the Matter, Intent: Introduction, Overview

Session 2: Invitation, Context, "Webside Manner"

Session 3: Creating Safe Spaces, Hearing All the Voices, Your Case Study, Holding Paradox and Disruption

Session 4: Your Purpose in Action: Essential Conversation, Creation

Session 5: Your Purpose in Action

Session 6: Your Purpose in Action

Session 7: Your Purpose in Action:
   Synthesis, Commitment to Action


Participant Toolkit: Training syllabus and teaching materials
The Art of Convening book or e-book
The Power of Purpose book (Trainer courses)
• Online learning platform (Core)
• A course completion certificate


What you can expect to get out of this Training

√ LEARNING: You will be part of a collaborative learning community of other professionals dedicated to supporting your work in the world sharing best practices and practical learnings.

√ KNOWLEDGE & PRACTICE: You will gain a solid foundation in Convening principles & practices required to become a confident Convener both virtually and in-person. You will have a clear understanding how to apply the nine Aspects of the Convening Wheel as a practical pathway to bring authentic engagement to the meetings, gatherings and conversations you lead.

√ INTEGRATION: You will have a greater sense of how to integrate your inner journey with your role as leader/Convener and inspired catalyst for change in your life and work.

√ INFLUENCE: You will increase your capacity to step out into the world in a more powerful way to inspire maximum creativity and innovation. Build new “muscles” of listening, collaboration, leadership.

√ NEW PERSPECTIVES: Reframing to think and express ideas in a new way. New understanding of innovation through inclusion and collaboration.

√ NEW LEADERSHIP CAPACITY: Learn the foundations of great leadership.


 craig neal

craig neal

 Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal


Both virtual and in-person training options are available.

Virtual Trainings—All virtual trainings utilize a Zoom video platform

In-house—A CPL Certified Convener will train the program at a location you specify.

Trainer Certification—Individuals or trainers from your organization certify to teach the course within your company.

Need more flexibility? We can help you meet the scheduling demands and limitations of your teams or organizations.

The trainings our environmental team did with CPL helped to transform a historically challenging dialogue with our stakeholders into a more collaborative discussion through the application of effective listening and engagement strategies using the Art of Convening method.

"Participating in the Art of Convening virtual training has been an enlightening experience, an opportunity to learn and practice to nuances and subtleties of convening deep, meaningful and intimate conversations. I have convened gatherings for many years, ranging from large public events to small private circles, and still learning much from this unique experience. Highly recommend them!"
- John Renesch, Author, futurist, Founder of FutureShapers, LLC; Co-former and Host, The Presidio Dialogues; former Managing Director, World Business Academy

"I really enjoyed where the session discussions led. It is always amazing to me that so much is revealed if you simply stay quiet, watch and listen. Thank you for the great material you have provided as readings and explanations for each AoC session. They contain a wealth of information and insight and are very helpful in seeing how to apply the skills we are learning here." 
- Executive Director - Advancement Institute, TWIN CITIES RISE!