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I Don’t Know What to Ask My Client – Tips for a Successful Interview

A Coaching Model to Help Us Interview Our Clients Awhile back I spoke about a Danish colleague who presented at the International Association of Facilitators Conference in the USA. (See “Space: The Final Frontier of Facilitation”) His name is Jens Lillebaek. He is an IAF certified professional facilitator (CPF©), a coach and a chief advisor…

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Just Say “No” to Icebreakers

Over the last few months, I’ve had many opportunities to work with a variety of teams and I’m beginning to get a sense of some overarching “things to do” to ensure a stronger unified team.  In the past, I’ve been well aware of the need to create comfort for the group early in the game. …

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The One Stop Shopping Tool

Ever since I started facilitating 25 years ago, I’ve come to rely on scanning tools to help me begin well with a group. We all have some of these tools I am sure. They are called environmental scan, trend analysis, wave analysis, wall of wonder, journey wall, historical scan, lessons learned exercises and story telling. …

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Top 12 Suite of Tools for the Competent Facilitator

In my 24+ years of running a facilitator business, I feel there are 12 top skills you require as a facilitator to meet the needs of your clients. When you develop these skills, you grow in your own ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Below I offer my brief thoughts of…

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Brown Bears, Rice Krispie Treats and Co-facilitation!

What has playful brown bears from Alaska, a healthy and yummy rice krispie treat recipe and co-facilitation have to do with each other?   Only I could probably make all three work  🙂 but read this blog to find out the relationship between these three things.  And yes, I do provide you with the Rice Krispie…

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Space: The Final Frontier of Facilitation

Highlights from the International Association of Facilitator’s Conference Do you know what I’m talking about if I say I have a little ache in my heart because I’m missing being with my IAF friends?  I returned home to Portland, Oregon in Northwestern USA from spending 5 days in Orlando, Florida (southeastern USA) being with many…

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One Small Change = HUGE Improvement in Meeting Dynamics

You’re in a meeting. You have a lot of items to cover. You are in charge of the meeting. You ask a lot of questions like: Do you all agree with this? Is this acceptable to you?  Do you like this idea? You like to be in control of what happens. People seem to be…

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There is No Magic in Being a GREAT Facilitator – Stories to Inspire You

I have been hearing a lot lately about people starting out their own facilitation businesses.  Those of us who have been facilitation business owners for many years know it is a profound journey that really invites you to look deeply into your own life.  It is a privilege to meet and connect with anyone on…

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Facilitation Saves The Day (AGAIN!) Five Steps to Easing Tension and Conflict in Groups

How does conflict show up in groups? I’d like to share three short stories about my own facilitated events that went wrong and then either turned out great, OK or failed miserably. These stories illustrate how conflict shows up differently in groups. Then we’ll share some tips, tools and a five step process to ease…

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Be Known For Your Razor Sharp Meeting Principles

So you’re running a lot of meetings, and you never have time to prepare for them, and you’re not sure if they are very effective, and you really don’t have time to think about making them better! Sound familiar?  Ok – help is here! Here is your short guide to six common principles for effective…

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