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I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. And even
more, I hope that the "Labors" you engage
in, throughout your days, are indeed labors of love.
As facilitators, we can practice bringing heart to all
of our work and help others do the same. This week,
my dear friend and partner, Susan Smith, has submitted
an article on this very idea. In "Be an Inspiration,"
she explains the power of our role in inspiring others
in the work we all do, and tips and how to access this
power in our groups.
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inspiration as a key facilitating skill
saw the movie "Seabiscuit" the other night.
I heard it was a great movie and I knew it would tell
me something about my parent's era. The movie ended
up being so good that it made me feel like I was truly
a part of their generation...caught up in their hopes
and fears during a time of many trials for the U.S.
The late 20's and 30's and early 40's were, of course,
a very tough time in the United States. At times It
seems that my parents never really got over the depression.
That feeling of losing everything you worked so hard
for; dreams that were shattered so quickly and so easily...a
nation down and depressed.
It's understandable why a jockey and horse, who both
made it against all odds, were able to soothe so many
aching souls. People were desperately looking for a
slice of hope, a ray of sunshine, a star to hook onto,
in other words, they needed INSPIRATION and they got
it in the name of a horse, "Seabiscuit."
"If that damn horse, you know the little one with
all the quirks and the bad leg; if that crazy jockey,
broken and crippled, can come around and beat the odds,
then maybe I can too!" The horse's owner wisely
positioned this little horse and jockey as a metaphor
for America's struggle during the depression. It not
only put money in his pocket, but it brought energy,
excitement and inspiration to a hurting nation.
Unbelievable, I thought leaving the theater, what a
little inspiration can do at just the right time to
make a difference in the lives of so many people. Leaving
the theater, I continued my thoughts about inspiration
and how important it has been to me throughout my life:
the inspiration of Martin Luther King, just memorialized
again recently at the mall in Washington, D.C.; the
inspirational life of Gandhi, "my life is my message";
and looking at the earth from the space camera of the
We are fortunate to have the BIG inspirations, but the
are just as important. In my work with groups, and especially
facilitator, I recognize the power that I have to inspire,
to revive a group's spirit. While I know everyone is
ultimately responsible for their own experience, we
can all definitely be inspired by another to do our
best, to rise to the occasion or challenge of the day.
Here are some tips below.
do you inspire a group?
- Do your best to understand the role of the group leader,
the CEO, the director, the dean, etc., to get into their
head and see their vision. Work with them to tease out
their grand vision that will inspire the group. Then,
work with the group (including the official leader)
to help them all "catch" this vision, to shape
it, make it theirs, and fuel it with their own breath
of inspiration. Use humor, compassion, games, physical
exercises, stories, quotes...anything that is appropriate
for the particular circumstance, to provide inspiration.
- Before you start your work together, give each member
of the group some quiet time to independently jot down
what would have to happen with their group to inspire
them. Have them share with each other in pairs then
with the entire group. This is likely to bring some
energy and some great ideas into the room.
Have each person share with one other participant a
time in their life when they were most inspired. Get
several of them to share with the larger group.
Have each person share with one other participant the
characteristics of the most inspirational figure they
have known, whether living or dead. Have them probe
each other for the behaviors and attitudes exhibited
by their role models and why they were inspired by them.
Encourage each person to adopt one of these behaviors
or attitudes for the day while doing their work in the
group. Get everyone to briefly share their commitment
to inspiration with the group.
are so fortunate, in this field of coaching and facilitating,
to have the opportunity to be facilitators of inspiration
in others' lives.
Susan J. Smith is a facilitator, consultant, and a former
community college administrator. She has a special knack
of delivering hope and inspiration wherever she goes.
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
to let her know what you thought of her article.
is your inspiration commitment this week? I'd love to
hear how this works for you. Please email
us your comments.
out the seabiscuitmovie.com site for a dose of inspiration.
Hey, the last thing I am is a horse-racing fan, but
this movie and this site, and to be honest, most things
in life, aren't really what they seem. The spirit under
the story delivers a universal and timely message that
this site captures very well. Click
here and see for yourself.
Steve Davis is "The Facilitator's Coach," helping
leaders enhance their effectiveness through the application
and perspective of facilitation. Please email
or call me at 805-489-4130 to schedule a Free exploratory session,
or to share your suggestions and ideas for the journal. I'd
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Thanks for reading!
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Random Acts of Facilitation Training Agenda...
Here's what you'll be learning and doing during the
Introduction to the Facilitation
and Self Facilitation Skills.
1. Create the Ambience.
2. Share the Dream.
3. Get Facilitation
5. Me First.
Relating with compassion
6. Be Ignorant.
7. Make Smiles Happen.
8. Hold 'em High.
9. Acknowledge the Elephant.
10. Turn on Your Crap-Detector.
Dynamics and Facilitation
11. Build the Container.
12. Build trust.
13. Mine the Unexpected.
14. Evolve Your Team.
15. Honor the Process.
16. Facilitate Full Participation
and Presenting yourself confidently, professionally,
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18. Get Real.
19. Make Experiences, Not Speeches
20. Watch the Body Talk.
21. Be your message
Intervening to shift group
22. Tame the Tormentors.
24. Use the Struggle.
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26. Facilitate from Within.
27. Embrace Facilitation as a Master's Path
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5. Be a catalyst for positive change in your community.
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