Have you ever been in a group and then were asked to lead it — and produce results? People get frustrated and discouraged when groups aren’t effective. And more and more, we are asked to team up to get things done on the job, in our towns, for schools and in our communities.

The Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1 Training Series is designed to help local citizens learn how to get work done more effectively and efficiently in group meetings. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering two spring training series, starting in mid-February. Preregistration by the end of January is desired.

This training series will help you learn and practice facilitation skills in an experiential setting. You’ll also get a chance to observe facilitation challenges and receive feedback in a safe environment. To date, more than 150 people from the Midcoast have been trained.

Facilitation Skills is offered at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension on Route 137 in Waldo. One training will occur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Feb. 16; the other will be held Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Feb. 18. Each class will meet for five weeks. The cost to participate in the training series is $100, which includes a resource notebook and an option to buy a resource text. Limited scholarship assistance is available.

Workshop size is limited to the first 15 participants who preregister for each series. For more information, visit umext.maine.edu/Waldo/comdev/SYFS1 or call the Waldo County Extension Office at 800-287-1426. Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1, now a nationally published and used curriculum, was originally developed by Jane Haskell, Gabe McPhail and Louise Franck Cyr and produced by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. If you are a person with a disability and will need accommodations to participate, please alert the staff to assure fullest possible attention to your needs.