We’re so glad you are interested in improving your skills as a facilitator. The best way to do this is to simply follow our certification maintenance process. This process was designed to help you hone your facilitation skills and keep you ready to step in and facilitate when needed. Learn more here. [...]
To maintain Certified Facilitator status, CO.STARTERS facilitators must participate in ongoing certification activities. Designed to be an easy lift and enjoyable, these certification activities provide opportunities to increase your knowledge around entrepreneurship and facilitation, to connect with the CO.STARTERS community, and to strengthen your understanding of the CO.STARTERS brand and beliefs. To maintain certification, [...]
How can I be more flexible with program content? I’d like add some information that is relevant to our cohort.
This is one of the larger improvements we made to the new Core (2020). Look for a blue icon that looks like two circling arrows in each session. (For example, see page 1.12 of the new Core.) One section of content in each session will be designated with this “skip/swap” icon. This section can [...]
Yes! First, check your Zoom settings. As a host, you can allow attendees to chat with no one, the host only, everyone publicly, or everyone publicly and privately. Make sure you have adjusted your meeting's chat settings accordingly to serve your purposes. The chat function is a great a way to keep participants engaged. [...]
I am facilitating a virtual cohort and some people never turn on their video. Is that acceptable? If not, how do I encourage full participation?
This is a common situation and requires effective communication on your part. During Session 1, when you share the philosophy of CO.STARTERS and the value of the cohort, explain how important it is that we all feel connected and trust one another. This will best happen when we share our visual presence, so all [...]
Check for your listing first by searching the Guide, and if you need any edits made you can send them to [email protected]. If a lot of information has changed feel free to resubmit. We’ll make sure to check for duplicates.
Participating in a CO.STARTERS program is not a requirement for inclusion in the Gift Guide, but we would love to be able to tell the story of your journey and how a CO.STARTERS program or provider helped you. If you went through the CO.STARTERS (Core) program, Rebuild program, a Get Started Workshop, a Refocus Workshop, [...]
While we support small businesses and solopreneurs of all kinds, in the CO.STARTERS Gift Guide we focus on businesses that are built around unique products and services, and the stories of how their founders turned those ideas into businesses. To help maintain that focus, we do not list businesses who are independent contractors who sell [...]
Created using the CO.STARTERS model, this three-hour workshop helps participants work together to explore their ideas through the CO.STARTERS Canvas, learn how to refine their business model through meaningful customer feedback, and define their next steps. The Get Started Workshop can be used as a recruiting tool for the longer CO.STARTERS Core program. If [...]
This two-hour workshop helps participants find the focus and clarity needed to shift their mindset and find a new way forward. Participants determine the immediate next steps needed to stabilize their business, re-examine their ventures using the CO.STARTERS Canvas, strategize how to better solve their customers’ changing needs, and learn how to adapt or [...]