Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0134 | January 6, 2004 | 8,000 Subscribers...


Dear friends,

Welcome to 2004! I hope this year is your best yet. As you can tell, we've got a new look and thought it most appropriate to role it out
as the first issue of the year. Please let us know what you think.

This week's article, "An Integral Learning Model," introduces a simple four-quadrant model we used in a recent teleclass, "Becoming a Learning Facilitator," to assure a comprehensive look at teaching and training. It's based on Ken Wilber's integral model which we plan to be talking much more about in the future. I hope you enjoy the article and as always, we're eager to hear your ideas for articles and comments as to how we might improve our journal and our offerings. Please stay tuned.

Also, check out my nifty little audio greeting. It's short, just under three minutes.

Have a great week!

Steve Davis


FacilitatorU News

Micro-skills teleclasses with industry experts.
We're developing a new teleclass format this year where we'lI bring in experts for one-time, one-hour teleclasses to be recorded and made available to you via real-audio or CD. If you or someone you know has something compelling to offer the field of facilitators, trainers, coaches, and group workers, please
email us to express your interest.

Random Acts of Facilitation. Teleclass starting Monday, January 19th. This class meets daily through Friday the 23rd, from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (NY Time). This class, that you can take from the comfort of your own home or office, is for beginning facilitators, group leaders, or group members who simply want to know more about facilitation so that they can make their groups more effective. These "discrete" acts of facilitation also lend themselves to being taught to your group members who desire to become more self-facilitative. See details below.

Other Teleclasses and Resources. Please click here to view our schedule of teleclasses or click here to view our other resources offered at Facilitator Profiles ebook is in progress. If you're interested in being featured in this book, please send a blank email to for details.

Relating Skill
An Integral Learning Model
Be "integrally informed" when Facilitating Learning
The Point

I've been a big fan of Ken Wilber’s for a number of years. His latest work revolves around an "Integral" model that can be applied to any field of endeavor. I recently led a teleclass on "Learning Facilitation" organized in around it. I find this model useful because its application requires one to consider all aspects of human experience--"I", "We", and "It," to put it simply.

Here's a snapshot and description of my take on a Four-Quadrant (Q) Integral Learning Facilitation Model:

(Q1) Individual/Internal; Personal (I)
Learning Facilitator
- Learner (Style, Temperament, etc.)
(Q2) Individual/External; Behavioral (It)
- Characteristics of a Learning Facilitator
- Learning content; ability “to do”
(Q3) Collective/Internal; Cultural (We)
- Designing a Learning Culture
(Q4) Collective/External; Social (Its)
- Learning Models and Strategies

Quadrant 1: Individual/Internal

The upper left quadrant is concerned with the individual’s internal experience. This is the domain of how one processes their learning experience in terms of preferences, styles, aptitudes, etc. Here we deal with such things as the differences between auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners, personality and temperament differences, individual interest and motivation. This is the internal world where we explore the question, “Who is learning and what do they want to learn?”

Note that if there is a Learning Facilitator involved, then both she and the student must be addressed in this domain too. So in this quadrant, we address the inner workings of an effective Learning Facilitator. What are her values, perspectives, biases, interests, and motivations? And how are these translated into external behavior, i.e. what are the characteristics of a Learning Facilitator? Which are in the domain of the upper right quadrant.

Quadrant 2: Individual/External

The upper right quadrant contains all discussions around the external “content” of learning—that which is to be learned. It could be said that the focus of teaching and learning is to help individuals learn to “do” something they couldn’t do before. We help people behave in some new way, regardless of whether this behavior is external or external. Whether we’re learning to serve a tennis ball or learning to make mathematical computations, we are still learning to do something. Therefore, the end result of effective Learning Facilitation is your student’s ability to behave in a new way.

Again, if a Learning Facilitator is involved, this quadrant comprises the world of their external behavior or characteristics. In an effort to explore the “big picture” of learning facilitation, discussion of the “actions” of an effective learning facilitator would be covered in this quadrant.

Quadrant 3: Collective/Internal

The lower left quadrant deals with the collective/internal world. In other words, the Learning Culture. Here we explore what it takes to design an environment that inspires an atmosphere that helps learning in groups occur. How do we get them to work effectively as groups, to learn as groups, and to take advantage of the synergy available only to groups?

Quadrant 4: Collective/External

Finally, the lower right quadrant, the collective/external domain deals with the application of learning models and strategies. One might refer to the elements here as the “mechanics” of teaching or Learning Facilitation.

Both of the lower quadrants, being “group-oriented” will involve discussions around the application of facilitation in the learning process.

So how does this model help a teacher, trainer, or facilitator? This model can guide us in considering all the important aspects of learning content and experience when designing curriculum and processes in our trainings. Here are some examples:

- It reminds us that the ultimate aim our teaching or training is to help shift, in some measurable way, our student's ability to "do" something they couldn't do before.(Q2)

- It reminds us that students learn differently and that we will want to find out who we have in our groups, how they prefer to learn, and design our processes accordingly. (Q1)

- It calls upon us to consider the "culture" we're creating when working with groups. The language and actions (Q2) we use, the perspectives we hold (Q1), and the behaviors we acknowledge in others, all contribute to creating the norms internalized by the group (Q3). These norms make up a culture that can improve or impede the process of learning.

- It reminds us that learning models and strategies employed should support the culture, learning styles, and desired outcomes of our groups. (Q4)

- Finally, this model reminds us that our inner experience and outer behavior as learning facilitators cannot be effectively separated from the learning process. (Q1/Q2)

Would you like to republish this or other articles from the journal? You are free to do so providing you follow these guidelines.

Check in to see how you incorporate each of the elements of the Integral model into your training and facilitation. Please
email us your comments.
Becoming a Learning Facilitator Teleclass

Want to learn more about Learning Facilitation? This 5-day telecourse will explore how to make the leap from conventional teaching to the skills, attitudes, and practices necessary to create and facilitate a learning environment.

This teleclass held my attention, kept me thinking, and gave me inspiring ideas and tools that I look forward to using in my next workshop.
--Sherry Leblanc, Executive Life Coach--

Benefits from participating in the training...

- Enhance your love of teaching and training
- Learn new ways to get your students excited about learning.
- Review 7+ different models of teaching and learning.
- Learn to package your material in a way that better relates to your students.
- Learn to connect with your students in a way that's rewarding for you both
- Become a better listener and communicator.
- Release the burden of trying to "make" learning happen in your classroom.
- Collaborate and learn from your peers, who are all passionate about empowering groups.
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About the Publisher
Steve Davis helps facilitators, coaches, consultants and leaders who are struggling to
present themselves confidently, empower their groups, enhance their facilitation skills,
and build their businesses on and off line. 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. If you find this newsletter helpful, please forward it to your friends. If you'd like to reprint this article in another publication, you are free to do so providing you follow the guidelines here. Thanks for reading!
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Teleclass for facilitators and change agents.

Discrete skills and attitudes for the new and experienced facilitator who wants to get their group into serious motion.

I want to thank you for designing a course that lived up to its advertisement. I found the daily curriculum practical and thought provoking. The ideas developed each day created foundations for the lessons to follow. Many "acts of facilitation" were immediately applicable to my facilitation practice. The tone of each class was a supportive learning environment. Each class ended on a note of high-energy with encouraging words and an opportunity for feedback. --Steven Pyser, J.D., consultant--

Random Acts of Facilitation, 5-Day Teleclass

This class will meet over a telephone bridge line for five consecutive weekdays January 19-23, 2004 at 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST (NY Time) to cover 25+ facilitative actions you can take to empower and move groups forward. This course, that you can take from the comfort of your own home or office, is for beginning facilitators, group leaders, or group members who simply want to know more about facilitation so that they can make their groups more effective. These "discrete" acts of facilitation also lend themselves to being taught to your group members who desire to become more self-facilitative.

How the 5-Day Format/Training works...
1. You dial into your class every day for 5 days (Mon-Fri) for a 60-minute focused training segment using a conferencing bridge.
2. You work a 25-point checklist during the 5 days (about an hour a day of study and field work) which you complete by Friday afternoon, or sooner if you wish.
3. You will have the opportunity to discuss issues on the subject matter with the instructor and your classmates via an online discussion forum during the course.
4. During the week, you may access the instructor via email for help or situational questions.

5-Day Random Acts of Facilitation Training Agenda...
Here's what you'll be learning and doing during the 5-Day course...

Introduction to the Facilitation and Self Facilitation Skills.

1. Create the Ambience.
2. Share the Dream.
3. Get Facilitation
4. Juggling.
5. Me First.

Relating with compassion and understanding.

6. Be Ignorant.
7. Make Smiles Happen.
8. Hold 'em High.
9. Acknowledge the Elephant.
10. Turn on Your Crap-Detector.

Group 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

Organizing and Presenting yourself confidently, professionally, and authentically. 

17. Prepare for Success.
18. Get Real.
19. Make Experiences, Not Speeches
20. Watch the Body Talk.
21. Be your message

Intervening to shift group energy

22. Tame the Tormentors.
23. CareFront.
24. Use the Struggle.
25. Break through barriers.
26. Facilitate from Within.
27. Embrace Facilitation as a Master's Path

Benefits to you of participating from the 5-Day Random Acts of Facilitation Training...
1. Get a great introduction to the concept and practice of facilitation skills if you are contemplating becoming a facilitator, team leader, board member, manager, mediator, etc.
2. Never waste another minute in an ineffective meeting again.
3. Learn how to challenge and empower every group you come in contact with.
4. Learn skills to help groups make quantum leaps in their effectiveness.
5. Be a catalyst for positive change in your community.

Also included with your training...
In addition to the 5-Day training described above, you also receive:
1. Comprehensive 15-page Student Learning Guide.
Free access to the participant-only website (lots of resources, forms, etc.).
3. Free access to the RealAudio version of the 5-Day training.
4. Free copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value).

The full cost of training/access is only $79 for MFJ readers ($89 for the general public) including a free copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value). Everything you read about above is included. And, we offer a 100%-satisfaction-guaranteed guarantee.

January 19-23, 2004, 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST (NY Time), 60 minutes each day.

I would recommend to anyone who wants to experience excellent modeling of what good facilitation is, to sign up for this teleclass. --Elain Wylie, Life Coach--


Immediately upon completion of your registration, you will receive an email with instructions to access the course and free article bank. This course is limited to 20 individuals, first come, first served.

Click here to register now

About the satisfaction guarantee
If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with this package, simply email us with a request to refund/credit your credit card in the full amount and we will do so immediately. It's our policy to do this and we honor this in every single case. (Why? Because we are sensitive to the fact that you are buying an e-course/product from us and we feel that if this package isn't EXACTLY what you expected or wanted, that you should be able to get 100% of your money back. This policy completely removes the buying risk for you and keeps our customer-satisfaction rates extremely high.)

Real Audio Testimonials
Click here for a one-minute audio testimonial from several participants on the final day of the teleclass.

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