Michael Wilkinson

Consensus Building: Techniques for Getting to Yes

Imagine: The meeting has been going great. The participants are engaged, significant progress is being made, and the sponsor is well pleased. You are in facilitator’s heaven! Suddenly, a major disagreement erupts. While some are vehement about one position, several people take an opposing stand; and still others believe the entire discussion is a…


The Society for Human Resources Management, Annual Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, June 2017. What happens when, 15 minutes into your presentation, a tornado warning forces you to move out of your windows-filled presentation hall? While other presenters simply cancelled their presentations and packed up, Michael moved his entire audience of 300 into the hallway…


Michael has presented in over 25 foreign destinations including Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jamaica, London, Melbourne, Milan, Moscow, the Netherlands, Oxford, Saint Petersburg, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Trinidad, Vienna, Warsaw, and Wellington.


As a 2016 inductee into the International Facilitation Hall of Fame, Michael knows how to engage even the largest groups with his interactive presentation style. Using powerful engagement strategies such as brief encounters, dump-and-clump, group pre-questioning, and last person standing, he is able to maintain high levels of interaction throughout his presentations.


The two words most frequently associated with Michael and his presentation style are dynamic and energetic. Starting with his rousing “Good Morning,” your participants will be completely engaged by his energetic and uplifting style combined with his many powerful strategic insights. His gifted approach for facilitating large groups create a highly engaging, highly interactive, and…


While other speakers can make you feel good for a few hours or perhaps a day, Michael’s presentations typically deliver long-term impact. Why? He doesn’t stop at mere theory. He delivers practical strategies that solve real-world problems faced by leaders every day. The result: audience members walk away knowing what to do, how to do,…

Brian A. Gallagher, CEO, United Way Worldwide

“Michael Wilkinson is hands down the most talented and effective facilitator with whom I have ever worked or seen. He combines his proven facilitation techniques and approaches with a keen strategic and business sense to consistently produce performance-based results.” Brian A. Gallagher CEO, United Way Worldwide

The Role of HR in Driving Strategy

Overview Organizations across the globe are facing change at an unprecedented rate. To respond strategically to change requires an understanding of strategy and strategy concepts. HR executives can help by building strategy competencies within their organization. However, for HR leaders to gain the ear of senior executives, they must be able to speak and understand…

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The 8 Core Practices of a Facilitative Leader

By Michael Wilkinson