Empowerment Dialogue One-day Laboratory

This one-day workshop will employ a Laboratory approach to learning the powerful Empowerment Dialogue approach to soliciting planned and major gifts from prospects. Using a Laboratory Circle, participants will fully participate in a day of learning the actual language of successful fundraising solicitation and must be willing to publicly role-play dialogues being a fundraiser and a prospect. The Laboratory approach will involve trying, testing, experimenting, practicing and discovering in a unique way to learn this approach to soliciting gifts.


AFP & CAGP Member Rate: $150+GST

Non Member Rate: $200+GST


Goals and Take-aways:

Participants will:

  • be surprised at how easy it is to talk to prospects and solicit gifts
  • try out the actual language to use
  • want to continue to use and practice the workbook provided in the coming months
  • be confident enough to attempt the Empowerment Dialogue Approach with their own prospects
  • be able to ask for a planned or major gift immediately.


The day will run from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Registration open at 0830) with continental breakfast, breaks and lunch provided. It will utilize the Laboratory Circle technique of learning. This Circle will be a circle of all participants seated around two chairs in the middle. Participants learn by role playing in the middle and by observing others doing the same thing. This is a powerful learning model. All dialogues will be modeled by the group leader (Ken Ramsay) extensively. Then as many participants as possible will take turns in the centre of the circle to try out the actual language for themselves and then receive feedback from the group.

Participants must agree to a respectful and helpful conduct to others in the Laboratory Circle process.

All participants will receive a complete workbook for use on the day and to use and practice with afterwards.

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  • When

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Silver Springs Golf Course
    1600 Varsity Estates Dr NW
    Calgary, Alberta T3B 2W9

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