Facilitating Small Group Conversations to Promote Belonging

Step by Step Instructions on The Aristotle's Cafe Approach - Proven to Improve Empathy, Listening, and Communication

4.30 (130 reviews)
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Oct 2020
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What you will learn

How to facilitate difficult conversations

Help facilitate understanding between diverse groups of people

Successfully lead a great 1 hour small group discussion with ease and minimum preparation

Ask better questions

Create a welcoming and safe environment for participants

Facilitate in a way that allows all participants to be involved and share their opinion

Think critically, listen, communicate, and improve cultural and self-awareness

And much more!


Have you ever tried to facilitate a discussion that went poorly? Are you aware of the big divides we have in society between friends and family?

Learn the art of facilitation and find ways to overcome these big challenges!

I will show you step-by-step the format that I've created to facilitate discussions all over the world with over 10,000 people and in over 56 countries. You will get templates, techniques, and all you need to hold a great 1 hour discussion on any topic no matter how difficult it might be.

You will learn skills and knowledge that will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Sometimes we forget how good it feels to be listened to. Bringing people together and creating a space for someone to be heard is a powerful thing.

This course will focus on the Aristotle's Cafe Discussion format to guide you through mastering Facilitation.


1. How to facilitate difficult conversations

2. Discover the difference between facilitators and instructors

3. Develop an introduction that sets the stage

4. Help facilitate understanding between diverse groups of people

5. Successfully lead a great 1-hour small group discussion with ease and minimum preparation

6. Learn The Epiphany Question Method - Ask better questions

7. Create a welcoming and safe environment for participants

8. Find out how to promote your event and get the right people to come

9. Facilitate in a way that allows all participants to be involved and share their opinion

10. Think critically, listen, communicate, and improve cultural and self-awareness

11. Learning to Facilitate will completely change the way you approach business and personal situations.

And much more!


I will introduce you to everything a facilitator needs to know to find success in leading and organizing small group discussions at the office or at a local venue.

First I will show you the basics of hosting a small group discussion from creating the environment to picking a place to hold the session. Next, I will dive into mastering your facilitation skills including crafting the perfect introduction, leading the discussion, the epiphany question method, and how to end on a high note. Finally I will even show you how to promote your events using social media and other tips, tricks and tools I've learned over 16 years to create a great community.

I have recorded and will take you through EVERY step in this course, so you will be able to follow my framework step-by-step.

Get started before you feel ready! There will never be a perfect time to start something.

There is no better time than now! You have a lot to learn! See you in class :)


  • People who want to start having better conversations and learn skills for life

  • Beginners who want to have a framework for facilitating group discussion

  • Intermediate and Advanced professionals looking to add another tool to their toolbelt

  • Individuals looking to improve their communication, listening, or facilitation skills


  • What is facilitation?

  • How can I facilitate a small group?

  • What's the difference between a facilitator and an instructor?

  • How can I ask powerful questions?

  • As a facilitator, how can I use body language and non-verbal communication?

  • How can I run small group discussions effectively?


"Brilliant course. My business facilitates peer group discussion for C-suite executives. This will help me tremendously with my job as facilitator of these meetings."

--Anton Stegmann

"Specifically, this course teaches you how to organise and facilitate regular small group discussions. However, more broadly, the course gives you the tools to improve your communication skills and use them FOR GOOD."

--Vivian Li

"I love this course! I've been creating my own events for 2 years, but I still learn a lot from Hassan. I love the step-by-step information this course provides. I will get to make so much use of it."

--Layla Hai

"Very good and easy to understand content with good clarity on the overview and objectives. To be a good facilitator is definitely a challenge. This course provided essential insights as well as information on blind spots in facilitation along with tips on how to deal with them."

--Ram N.

"These instructional videos are concise, interesting and informative. I am 100% pleased with the information presented and will recommend it to my associates."

--Stacy McPherson

"Aristotle's Cafe provides a great place to have interesting conversations with people you might otherwise never even meet. A positive space to learn about the world, people's opinions and self-leadership. Hassan connects the group through excellent facilitation, which allows for great networking and continued conversation afterwards."

--Daniel J. McIsaac

“The instructor is teaching me about things I never knew before e.x. bodylanguage, how groups communicate, etc. I'm starting to see how I can improve my communication and seeing how other's communicate in a new way."

--Joe Graziano

"Great place to free your mind. I get to ask the questions that I have never asked myself before. Moreover, I get to know about me and other people better. It's so nice to know that you are not alone."

--Beau S. Tanapura


Hassan Ghiassi has spent the last 16 years advising businesses and executives in America, Europe, and Asia.

He holds his Master's in Communication, is a TEDx speaker, and his workshop participants can be found in 159 countries. He led the Better Conversations Project at The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum which focused on building understanding and empathy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He is also the inventor of The Epiphany Question Method, a process that allows individuals to embrace change and facilitates healthy group dynamics through tactical inquiry.

As the Founder of The Dialogic Approach and Curriculum Designer & Head Facilitator Aristotle's Cafe he regularly creates customized online learning experiences for teams across a variety of industries.

In 2019 he was invited to be part of the Udemy for Business program which serves enterprise clients worldwide and joined the ranks of the top 3% of the 75,000 instructors on the platform.

Hassan’s clients and partners include WeWork, Cisco, British Council, and The World Health Organization (WHO) to name a few.

Hassan continues to train others in leading small group discussions, and does consulting for organizations looking to build healthy dialogues within their communities.

His goal is to help others improve their communication skills - taking the mystery out of creating engaging conversations, captivating speakers, and masterful leaders.


In the News

CNBC Interview at Techsauce 2018
Interview by Bangkok Media - Salmon. Lab
Discussions that Matter - Aristotle's Cafe

The Foundations of Aristotle's Cafe

This is the Perfect Facilitation Course
How to Learn from this Course
Why Aristotle?
What is Aristotle's Cafe
Aristotle's Cafe Values
The Foundations of Aristotle's Cafe

Hosting Small Group Discussions

Creating an Environment
Picking a Venue
Advanced Hosting Tips
Hosting Small Group Discussions

Mastering Facilitation Skills

Instructors and Facilitators
Perfecting the Introduction
Leading the Discussion
The Why and How of the Epiphany Question Method
The Epiphany Question Method
Ending the Discussion
Becoming a Great Facilitator

For Teachers, Educators, and Trainers - Applying the Course

For Teachers, Educators, and Trainers - Applying the Course

For Leaders, Managers, and the Workplace - Applying the Course

For Leaders, Managers, and the Workplace - Applying the Course

Promoting Your Event

Promoting Your Event Overview
Using Facebook to Promote Your Event and Create a Community
Promoting Your Event on Facebook
Final Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Create a Great Community
(2019) Supercharge Your Event Promotion
Promoting Your Events

Key Takeaways

Key Takeaways

BONUS SECTION: Example Discussions

Aristotle's Cafe Example
Example - Introduction
Example - Ending Strong

BONUS SECTION: Testimonials and Media

Community Member Testimonial
Educator Testimonial
Community Video

BONUS SECTION: Advanced Techniques

Advanced Introduction Tips
Advanced Leading Techniques - Dealing with Aggression, Taking Power Away
Advanced: How Much Should Facilitators Affect the Discussion?
Advanced Body Language Techniques

BONUS SECTION: Asking Better Questions & Epiphany Question Practice

Live Epiphany Question Method Explanation and Practice
Advanced - Ending with Epiphany

Tips and Thinking Points

Communicating Intelligently

BONUS SECTION: Fallacies and Faulty Reasoning

Introduction to Fallacies
1. Fallacies that Polarize
2. Fallacies that sneak up on You


Aristotle's Cafe Logo and Business Card Documents
Introduction and Conclusion Discussion Templates
Aristotle's Cafe Structure


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October 22, 2023
I have thoroughly enjoyed the clear, concise delivery of the course information. In addition, the facilitator is excellent, calm, inspirational and perfect role model for the participants.
July 16, 2023
I learned a lot about how to facilitate small group conversations in a way that is productive and inclusive. Thanks Hassan Ghiassi
July 16, 2023
The instructor describes very well. He knows how to give the knowledge in a systematic way. I love the pace of the instructor. So far, I am quite satisfied.
July 16, 2023
This course is a game-changer for anyone interested in creating inclusive environments and fostering a sense of belonging.
July 16, 2023
The course provides practical tools to create a safe and respectful environment where every voice is heard and valued.
July 16, 2023
Active listening involves giving full attention to the speaker, seeking to understand their perspective, and providing feedback or validation. It creates a safe and supportive environment where participants feel heard and valued. Active listening enhances empathy and promotes a sense of belonging by validating individual experiences.
July 16, 2023
Icebreakers are activities or questions designed to help group members get to know each other and feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts and experiences. They create a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, encourage participation, and foster connections among group members.
July 12, 2023
It was a fascinating look into how one person brought together and facilitated conversations across cultures that honor collective choice about what to enter into dialogue about and tend to the relational field so that each participant is likely to walk away from the session, having learned something new from someone else and perhaps intrigued and changing. My favorite part was getting to watch the recording of the actual session and also Hassan talking through his techniques while facilitating the group towards landing on a shared question.
July 6, 2023
The intro was quite long about his company that I rushed it, but I am still keen to hear what he has to teach about facilitation as a skill
May 25, 2023
This course is so exciting for me. I feel empowered. You have given me the tools to confidently communicate with others.
May 25, 2023
One of the most powerful course on Udemy. Learnt a lot and improved a lot on my communication skills from this course over the years.
May 21, 2023
I'm definitely enjoying the course so far, I'm receiving really great, helpful and positive information, tips, tricks.
April 26, 2023
The course was really great! Easy to understand and very interesting. The instructor was very clear in his approach and precise.
April 25, 2023
This course was great! I learned a lot of great tips to pass along and can incorporate into the training with the administration. Very helpful
April 20, 2023
Very engaging and perfectly paced training with very important information given in a very easy to comprehend manner.


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