Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0150 | April 27, 2004 | 8,000 Subscribers...
Dear friends,

I'm sure it's not big news to you that our lives and work just seem to demand increasingly more of our time and attention. As a result, the danger of "burning out" is growing. This week we offer you and your clients a "Burnout Self-Test" to help you and them prevent this condition. Thanks to our friends as for this article.

In the spirit of increasing our sense of center and reducing stress, please check out our interview with Stress Reduction expert, Ellen Britt who presents a basic understanding in the facilitation of Guided Imagery for you and your clients.

Have a great week!

Steve Davis

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Self-Mastery Skill
Burnout Self-Test
Checking Yourself for Burnout
The Point

Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with a job or career from which they have previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the things that inspire passion and enthusiasm are stripped away, and tedious or unpleasant things crowd in. This tool helps you to check yourself for burnout.

This tool is a useful self-check for burnout. By using it on a regular basis, you can keep a check on yourself to see whether you are at risk of burnout, and therefore whether you need to take action to avoid it.

Using the Tool

There are two easy ways of using the test. Either work through the table below on paper and calculate values manually, or download the template here and fill in values appropriately on the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This will automatically calculate scores for you and interpret these scores, showing the score and interpretation in row 30. To use this technique, either work through the template or print off and work through the table below.


Checking Yourself for Burnout

For each question, put a tick in the column that most applies. Put one tick only in each row.

Not At All
Some times
Very Often

Do you feel run down and drained of physical or emotional energy?


Do you find that you are prone to negative thinking about your job?

Do you find that you are harder and less sympathetic with people than perhaps they deserve?          
Do you find yourself getting easily irritated by small problems, or by your co-workers and team?          

Do you feel misunderstood or unappreciated by your co-workers?


Do you feel that you have no one to talk to?


Do you feel that you are achieving less than you should?


Do you feel under an unpleasant level of pressure to succeed?


Do you feel that you are not getting what you want out of your job?


Do you feel that you are in the wrong organization or the wrong profession?


Are you becoming frustrated with parts of your job?


Do you feel that organizational politics or bureaucracy frustrate your ability to do a good job?


Do you feel that there is more work to do than you practically have the ability to do?

Do you feel that you do not have time to do many of the things that are important to doing a good quality job?          

Do you find that you do not have time to plan as much as you would like to?

Total of weighted scores (see instructions):

Scoring Key

Score 1 for every tick in the “Not At All” column, 2 for every tick in the “Rarely” column, and so on up to 5 for every tick in the “Very Often” column. Add up your total and check your result using the table below.

If you choose to use the manual method, then calculate the total of the scores as described in the instructions (note that this uses a slightly different scoring method from the spreadsheet). Apply the score to the table below to get the interpretation:

Score Interpretation



15 – 18

No sign of burnout here

19 – 32

Little sign of burnout here, unless some factors are particularly severe

33 – 49

Be careful - you may be at risk of burnout, particularly if several scores are high

50 – 59

You are at severe risk of burnout - do something about this urgently

60 - 75

You are at very severe risk of burnout – do something about this urgently


To use the tool, fill in the table above and score appropriately, or download the template here.

This is an excerpt from the “Avoiding Burnout” module of our Stress Management Masterclass. The rest of the Burnout module:

  • Helps you to identify burnout pressure points so that you can defend what you enjoy about your job.
  • Shows you how to avoid burnout if you are at risk of it,
  • And talks you through recovery from burnout if it has already occurred.

Click here to find out more about Mind Tools' Stress Management Masterclass.

© Mind Tools Ltd, 1995 – 2004

This tool helps you to assess your likelihood of burnout. Use it as a burnout “health check” on a routine basis (perhaps every quarter). This helps to ensure you take early preventative action. Give it to your clients or groups concerned with burnout as well. Use it as a guide to create healthier work habits. Please
email us to tell us how it worked for you.

Facilitation Expert Series

Facilitation Micro-Skills Tele-Seminar: "The 5 P's of Guided Imagery," featuring Ellen Britt, Ed.D., speaker, trainer, and founder of co-founder of Primal Waters.

Attend this one-hour tele-seminar on Thursday, April 29th at 1:00 PM EST (NY Time) with Ellen Britt and Steve Davis. During this tele-seminar, you'll receive an introduction to the art of guided imagery that will show you how mastering this valuable skill can provide you with a multifaceted and powerful tool, one that you can use not only with your clients, but with yourself. Some of the points we'll discuss are...

We'll discuss the 5 P's: (1) Pre-session interview, (2) Power, (3) Protection, (4) Permission, and (5) Potency of guided imagery.
We'll actually "take a journey" with one of the class participants, illustrating the five essential components of a successful imagery session.
After the imagery session is complete, we'll do an "After Action" plan, identifying what was successful with the session and what we could have done to make it even better.
We will also discuss how to effectively use guided imagery in group work.
You will walk away with a new appreciation of how effective imagery can add an exciting and dynamic dimension to your training and facilitation skills.
And, we'll answer any questions you bring to the teleclass on this subject.

About Ellen: Ellen Britt, PA-C, Ed.D. is a SUN coach as well as an experienced speaker and workshop presenter. She has practiced as a physician assistant for twenty-two years, specializing in emergency medicine, occupational health and urgent care. Her "Stress Resiliency" workshop clients include: Roadway Corporation, Southern Mills, WinPak Corporation, SCA Tissue and the Georgia Public Health Association.

Ellen is co-founder of Primal Waters, specializing in digital media relaxation products and she produced the company's Telly award winning video, The Fifth Season. She also directs Primal Waters' six month intensive distance learning program, the Stress Resiliency Coach(tm) Certification program. She holds a doctorate in biology from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana and is currently completing degree requirements for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology through the Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. Ellen lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia and the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

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3. Four Breathing Meditations and six loving kindness meditations in Real Audio format.
4. Guided meditation exercises in real audio for:
Relaxation and stress-reduction, Posture and body awareness, and Emotional awareness.

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Break Free From Burnout in 30 Days! Secrets of a Burnout Survivor
by Mary Lewis

My job was killing me, or so I thought. Like most professionals, I believed that the higher I went up in my career ladder, the more stress I needed to shoulder, and the less time I had to actually live life. I thought that giving 150% was the price for being successful, and that ulcers were a normal part of the rat race.

I was wrong - "the job" doesn't burn you out, your own mindset does! I learned how to stop being a slave to my email, voicemail, celphone and pager, and not only get all my work done, but of a higher caliber than before. This book walks you, step by step, through the process of taking control back and a being truly successful person - happy, healthy, and productive!

A must read for anyone who even suspects they may be burning out, in easy to handle chunks. I highly recommend it. Review by efalken from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

In the Spotlight

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 May 3-7, 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 if you register by April 30th. ($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.

May 3-7, 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.

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Self-Guided 5-Day Real Audio Version
If you'd like to learn this material at your own pace and on your own schedule, you can purchase the real audio version of this teleclass complete with the learning guide. You'll be provided with access to three separate recorded offerings of the five-hour teleclass (15 hours total) that you can listen to online and follow along in the learning guide is used in the live class. Click here to purchase for $69. We will also include a free copy of the Portable Article Bank ($29 value) with your purchase. We offer a 100%-satisfaction-guaranteed guarantee.


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Self-Guided 5-Day CD Version
The Compact Disk (CD) version comes with all of the self-guided features listed above, together with 5 CD's you'll receive by mail that you can listen to anywhere you have access to a CD player.


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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.)

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