Monthly Archives: October 2010

Be Your Material

As trainers and facilitators, it’s easy to get overly concerned about what we’re presenting to our groups. But research, as well as our direct experience shows that the greatest impact of our communication occurs at the non-verbal level. That is … Continue reading

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Shedding Light on the Facilitator’s Shadow

When I first started facilitating and training, I thought I needed to have it all together up there in front of the room. I thought that I was supposed to know what to do in any circumstance and if the … Continue reading

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The Actors’ Vow

In my mind, one of the most powerful gifts a facilitator brings to a group is his/her willingness to be transparent about what they see and feel going on in their group. This, and a willingness to make mistakes with … Continue reading

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Give Your Group a LIFT

This week’s article, Give Your Groups a LIFT is extracted from Barry Shapiro’s new book, Casting Call in the Theatre of Corporate America…the role of the extraordinary facilitator. The book serves as a practical guide to assess, measure and develop … Continue reading

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The Four Elements of Facilitation: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water

As our lives becomes increasingly complex and being disconnected from nature becomes the norm, we tend to forget that our lives are the offspring of nature. Therefore, when I get confused about something, reflecting on nature metaphors or natural processes … Continue reading

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Don’t be an Allopathic Facilitator

Often we are called in to facilitate organizational interventions by organizations that are “sick,” meaning that their dysfunction has become so untenable that something simply must be done about it…”Our organization is broken and we need to fix it!” Pressured … Continue reading

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