AccountingWEB blogger Michelle Golden earns Certified Professional Facilitator credential

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Golden Marketing Inc. President and AccountingWEB blogger Michelle Golden is newly designated a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), a credential bestowed by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). Following her completion of a three-month assessment process culminating in Ottawa, Canada, she joins a respected group of approximately 700 CPFs worldwide, each of whom offers clients an assured level of quality in leading group sessions.

The CPF assessment process involves demonstrating a mastery of seven core competencies defined by IAF. The competencies — which include planning appropriate group processes, creating and sustaining a participatory environment, and guiding a group to useful outcomes — are verified both in written submissions and through a professionally evaluated face-to-face workshop.

"For me, the CPF credential is like topping a hill to see a lot more road ahead... the beginning of a new phase: evolving my facilitation style and methods. Group facilitation is essential for getting everyone in sync to accomplish and sustain dramatic results," said Golden. "It's a pretty handy skill within any organization which is why IAF is seeing great demand for their certification program across all sectors, from companies, large and small, to local and national government. In fact, even the United Nations employs professional facilitators."

Facilitation is one of the service offerings of Golden Marketing Inc., Golden's organizational consulting and marketing implementation firm. Golden authors a well-trafficked blog for professional service providers both on her own Web site and on AccountingWEB where she discusses techniques for improving their firms and their practices.

About International Association of Facilitators (IAF)
From its inception in 1994, the International Association of Facilitators has aimed to promote, support, and advance the art and practice of professional facilitation through methods exchange, professional growth, practical research, collegial networking, and support services. IAF now consists of over 1,500 members in more than 63 countries.

About Golden Marketing
Michelle Golden is a consultant in the accounting and legal sector. In 1999, she launched the parent company, Golden Marketing Resources Inc., to aid professional service firms with practice management and growth. Working with small and large law and accounting firms throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Big Four, the company has helped nearly 100 firms achieve results that include doubling revenue, attracting top talent, aligning management, increasing proposal wins, developing and launching new products, and consistently improving client relationships.

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