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Experiential Learning Experts

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Alison McEachern

Alison McEachern is the owner of Groupatwork, a company that specializes in helping people develop their ability to collaborate effectively and engage others through participation. Alison's unique approach to her work has been shaped through over 25 years of facilitation and training experience; graduate studies in education and counselling; and her collaboration with some of Canada's most talented trainers and facilitators. She has delivered training programs for trainers since 1992 through Saint Mary's University, Saint Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia Community College and Dalhousie University. She has led workshops that have been attended by over 5,000 people throughout the United States and Canada. Alison was a Principal Instructor in Saint Francis Xavier’s nationally-recognized Diploma in Adult Education Program for over 15 years.

Throughout her career, Alison has worked with a diverse client group: Provincial and Federal Government Departments, Halifax Regional Municipality, Saint Mary’s University, Université de Moncton, Saint Francis Xavier University, Dalhousie University, Halifax International Airport Authority, Laidlaw Transit, Xerox, various power corporations, a variety of trade organizations, as well as many other community and private sector client groups. She has conducted many large-scale public consultations. She has worked with organizations across Canada and the United States helping them design effective programs that boost learner retention and employee engagement.

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What We Do

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Workshop Design

Our customized workshop design process consists of the following steps:

Needs Assessment: Consult with a sample of potential participants and their managers (by focus group, phone interviews, in person interviews) to identify current learner and organizational/community needs. 

Design: Design an experiential learning program based on the needs assessment results and present to client for approval.

Delivery: Facilitate the training program using an experiential learning model and collect both reaction and learning level evaluation data. This data will be analyzed and presented to the client at the completion of the program.

Evaluation: Consult with participants 6 weeks post training to evaluate the effectiveness of the training program and prepare a report for the client summarizing evaluation results and recommendations.

Publicly-Offered and In-House Training

Our Facilitation Skills, Training for Trainers, Presentation Skills and Collaborative Leadership Workshops are our flagship workshops. Contact us to find out how we can bring these programs to your community group or organization.

Organizational and team diagnosis

Our diganosis process consists of one-on-one interviews with team members who have insights and ideas about how to make things better for their own group. We use interviews to gather peoples’ insights and recommendations instead of group discussions for these reasons: 

Group discussions have a tendency to broaden lists of ideas and recommendations (too many ideas is as problematic as having none at all) making implementation a daunting perspective; Group discussions prevent many individuals from offering candid observations or going into the depth required to successfully navigate complex and sensitive issues.

The results of the interviews will be analyzed and interpreted to frame specific recommendations. These recommendations will be presented to the Leadership Team, giving members an opportunity to discuss, clarify and plan for implementation. 

This process brings full participation, mutual understanding, inclusive solutions and shared responsibility to the change, painting a picture that reflects peoples’ insights, and hopes. 

 
 
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Contact Us

If you would like more information on the programs we offer, we would love to hear from you.

 
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Contact Info

Phone: 902-293-6688

Email: alisonmceachern@me.com