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"This is the probably the best, most gracious, grounded and comprehensive training I’ve ever done out of dozens. I have deep gratitude to Lee and Doreen for providing such valuable training that has transformed my professional and personal life."

Doreen Blumenfeld, CHT


"This is transformational, expansive work that is uplifting of our humanity. There needs to be Facilitators in every community to spread this work to every person who wishes more out of their life and relationships."

Paula Friedland, LCSW, CPCC


"Thank you so much for creating a space and a process to facilitate my personal unfoldment and skill as a professional. You’ve opened me to new ways to teach, speak, coach clients, and be in situations that have truly unnerved me."

Linda Landon, ACC Business Coach, Speaker and Trainer


"For the first time in many years I found my power which turned out to be in my stillness. This power was power with another, not above or below another."

Jean Kasha, M.A., M.F.T.


"Beautiful leadership and blend of your talents. I appreciate so much how you 'walk your talk' -- very inspirational."

Leslie Lupinsky, Cofounder Business Catalyst Institute & Senior Faculty Member, Coaches Training Institute



Speaking Circle® Facilitator Certification Training

Three-month coaching and training program starting with four-day intensive


Prerequisite - Programs with Lee Glickstein & Doreen Hamilton (California or Tokyo) Authentiek presenteren met Speaking Circles® with Koos Wolcken and Jennet Burghard (Netherlands) or programs with John Dawson (United Kingdom), plus ongoing practice in either facilitated Speaking Circles or a Local Study Group, plus application and telephone interview.


To apply for the next training in Japan, with Lee Glickstein and Doreen Hamilton:

Email to discuss    Tokyo, Japan: October 6-9, 2017


To apply for the next training in California, with Lee Glickstein and Doreen Hamilton:

Register for Facilitator Training Marin County, California: October 26-29, 2017


To apply for the next training in the Netherlands, with Koos Wolcken and Jennet Burghard:

Register Utrecht, The Netherlands: 8-11 May 2017



When you are accepted into the Facilitator Certification Training, Speaking Circles International is committed to your success. This concentrated program works on the level of personal transformation while teaching you the skills and tools you will need to become a masterful Facilitator. Enrollment is limited, allowing for extensive personal attention for all trainees.

Upon completion of the Certification Training, you are qualified and licensed to offer Speaking Circles to the public for a fee, with a personal profile page on our worldwide Facilitator website. You'll also enjoy ongoing support from Speaking Circles International and the Facilitator community.

Costs: The program fee includes the following:

  • Four-day core training intensive
  • Printed Facilitator Manual
  • Access to the online Facilitator Resource Center with additional educational and marketing materials
  • Three monthly hourlong group coaching calls
  • Review of up to two video submissions with private coaching followup
  • Your first year license fee

Please note that the training fee does not include meals or lodging.

Application: The process includes a written application as well as a phone interview. To download an application, see links above.

Preparation: You will be asked to read Be Heard Now! and the Speaker's Guide to Authentic Connection by Lee Glickstein, in addition to the course prerequisites.

Four-Day Intensive: 10am-6pm.

Day 1 of the training involves both the clarification of objectives and purpose for each participant and in-depth Speaking Circle experience designed to anchor and advance the essentials of Relational Presence. As a Facilitator it is important to be able to model authentic speaking, letting words flow from the heart, and allowing content to emerge naturally. The focus in the basic work is on presence, not performance.

On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th days participants learn the technical side of facilitating a Circle: how to introduce the work, give instructions to the group, use a camera, model and generate brief affirmative feedback, make interventions, and how to create and maintain safety for everyone in a group. Participants are coached as they lead their own practice Circles.

While this training program offers some marketing tips and materials, it does not provide in-depth marketing or small business development training. Marketing and business development coaching is available from Speaking Circles International for an additional fee.

Certification and Licensing: The 2nd phase of the training is the self-study and practice phase which lasts three months. After the four-day intensive, you will arrange and lead several no-fee Speaking Circles as a Facilitator-Trainee. Monthly conference calls provide a support forum for the training group, and trainees are expected to deepen their understanding of the work by continuing to participate in Circles, either via a professionally facilitated Circle or by creating a peer Circle. When you feel ready, you can submit up to two videos of your work facilitating Circles, to be reviewed and discussed during private coaching sessions with one of the trainers.

It is expected that the first video will be submitted within the timeframe of the three-month training, and in special circumstances this guideline can be extended up to six months without a new program of private coaching or retraining being needed.

Once you have passed the video review and receive your Certification, you will be able to sign a License Agreement with Speaking Circles International (SCI) which authorizes you as a Speaking Circle Facilitator for one year. The annual license fee includes a continuing education program to keep Facilitators informed in the latest developments of the work.

Facilitator Community: New Facilitators join a supportive community with many opportunities to share ideas, experiences and expertise. Benefits beyond your personal profile page on our website include participation in peer TeleCircles and on-site Facilitator Days, an online Facilitator Resource Center, a Facilitator LinkedIn forum, and significant discounts for Speaking Circles International workshops.

Certified Facilitators are now practicing in many different countries around the world. Not all Facilitators offer Speaking Circles to the public; some people integrate the basics of how to facilitate transformation into the work that they already do. We have coaches, consultants, professional speakers, bodyworkers, business leaders, psychologists, teachers, artists, lawyers, storytellers and more who apply this work to their particular fields of activity.




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