In-Person Training

Here's what a recent client says!

Olympia Commission

Jurassic Parliament is a great training.  In fact, many of our participants have commented that it was the best training they have ever attended. Ann takes what could be a dreary and dry topic and makes it relevant and dare I say, fun! Truly, we have already put the training to good use in our meetings. The structure provides both a level of professionalism and efficiency that has really helped us address our work better. Somewhat surprisingly, the use of Robert's Rules, while sometimes feeling overly formal, actually helps all voices to be heard while arriving at a decision. I would unabashedly recommend this training.
Sam Gibboney, Executive Director, Port of Olympia

Ann Macfarlane is our Jurassic Parliament trainer. Her workshops are live-action role plays, interactive from start to finish. Based on adult learning principles, the sessions give everyone a chance to encounter the same situations that can prove baffling in real life.

Read newspaper reports about a workshop for the Auburn City Council and a workshop for the Kent City Council and get a feel for how it all works!

You will discuss the learning outcomes you desire with Ann. She will then prepare a customized scenario teaching the specific objectives you need for your organization. Participants will learn how to deal with motions, amendments, voting, obnoxious remarks, rambling speakers or confused members...whatever topics you choose.

Our workshops are based on Robert’s Rules of Order and also incorporate important insights into how group function works. They go far beyond procedure, providing guidance for wise leadership and impactful meetings. Participants leave feeling empowered and ready to apply their new knowledge to their group’s collective endeavor.

The whole experience flies by. One participant wrote, “When we sat down we wondered if we could keep awake, but we ended up staying late to talk about what we had learned and how to apply it to our meetings.”

Three hours is an excellent length for one of these workshops. Ann can also speak for an hour or a day, depending on what you want to cover. The entire session is guaranteed to be lively, thought-provoking and enjoyable.

Contact us to discuss your needs and schedule a Jurassic Parliament workshop for your next conference, retreat, or training day.


"Ann—Your workshop was fabulous—engaging, full of multi-modal instruction techniques, humor and solid, useful information."   Nancy Way, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Sammamish WA

"Your style of teaching was the most stimulating and non-threatening I can recall."   Participant, Coupeville WA training for Council of Governments

"Ann's workshop on Robert's rules was fun and practical. I recommend it for those who must run public meetings including elected officials, and volunteer commissions. Ann explains how simplified rules work best for small groups and how they make handling public input and dialogue and debate between board members easier and less stressful.  The workshop was interactive and included role playing."  Jeff Randall, President, Jefferson County PUD

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