Approaches to Environmental Scanning

Assess current business situation to anticipate and plan for the future

  Course Type: Advanced
Pre-requisite: ToP Facilitation Methods, ToP Strategic Planning recommended
Time Required: 1-Day
See tiered pricing below.

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About the Course
Before you meet to prepare an organization’s plans, the team needs to understand its history and current dilemmas, as well as anticipate trends. Environmental scanning provides a way to quickly tap into relevant factual data and customer, staff or community perceptions.

This course specializes in helping facilitators get groups on the same page to begin their work. Learn 10 different ways to perform an assessment with a group, including hands-on practice and matching the right approach to the situation.


  • Increase productivity, saving time and money
  • Document organizational history
  • Anticipate future business trends
  • Quickly and easily study industry materials and reports
  • Establish foundation of knowledge to use in preparing a plan


Approaches to Environmental Scanning

Who Should Take this Course

  • Facilitators and consultants
  • Business leaders
  • Strategic planners
  • Managers
  • Team leaders


  • Gather pertinent information for important planning decisions
  • Pool group knowledge and points of view
  • Integrate diverse ideas
  • Maximize group commitment and involvement
  • Take the drudgery out of research
  • Lead a fun, engaging and highly participatory process


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Registration Fee (Early Bird reduction of $25.00 when paid 3 weeks in advance of course):

Organization Type

Course Fee

Corporate (for profit)  $600
Public-Government   $500
Large Non-Profit - Budget greater than 5 million  $600
Mid-sized Non-Profit - Budget between 1-5 million  $450
Small Non-Profit/Community - Budget less than 1 million  $325 
Independent Consultant  $450
Students  $325
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