Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0194, March 8, 2005 | 7,000 Subscribers..
 

Dear friends,

Have you found yourself leading groups, facilitating processes, or working for organizational change— thinking you are doing all the right things that as a facilitator you’ve learned to do—but still you feel that your goals are only partially being realized? In short, something just doesn’t seem to be working. My friend,
Bill Bauman, is an expert in helping people uncover their hidden areas of influence at the energetic, subconscious, and soul levels. Read about his perspective on this in this week's article, "Facilitators' Secret Power." Also, join Bill and I for another Expert Tele-Seminar next Thursday, March 17th at 1:00 PM EST. Details are included below after the article.

I'm beginning to spend a good deal of time on the Central Coast of Southern California, that is the Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, and San Luis Obispo areas. If any of you live or work in this vicinity, please let me know. I'd love to explore the possibility of collaborating with you on existing or potential future projects.

Finally, please check out our new 5-day teleclass entitled, "Intervene With Confidence" at the bottom of this issue. Join this class and learn effective models, strategies, and practices to intervene on individual and group behaviors to realign, refocus, challenge, and protect group process

In this Issue:

Feature Article: Facilitators' Secret Power

Expert Tele-Seminar: Facilitators' Secret Power: Three Hidden Levels of Facilitator Influence, with Bill Bauman

New 5-Day Teleclass: Intervene With Confidence.

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Facilitators' Secret Power
Exploring Three Hidden Levels of Facilitator Influence

The Point


Have you found yourself leading groups, facilitating processes, or working for organizational change— thinking you are doing all the right things that as a facilitator you’ve learned to do—but still you feel that your goals are only partially being realized? In short, something just doesn’t seem to be working.

Why? Could it be that you’re doing the right things visibly, but aren’t aware of dynamics that are invisibly playing out in your group? If you’re frequently, or even occasionally, facing the glass ceiling of lesser results, you might do well to explore the solution as “an inside job” more than an external one.

Have you ever noticed, for example, that certain people in your group react negatively or close-mindedly to you, even though you’ve treated them with obvious respect? Could it be that they have subconsciously noticed an internal weakness on your part—for example, maybe you’re sensitive to rejection—and are playing on it, no matter how confident you may appear on the surface? Conversely, notice how many people whom we label “charismatic leaders” get treated with unquestioning respect, no matter how many public “faults” they may have. Clearly, in both instances something invisible is playing out.

The truth is that you, like all of us, have deep and important internal dynamics—powerful forces express and are quite observable to those around you. Not visibly, of course … and not usually consciously. In fact, it’s ironic that most of us spend so much effort polishing our public self or persona, with the assumption that no one can see beneath its surface into our “inner self.” Not surprisingly, it seems that internal activity isn’t very hidden after all.

I’ve come to think that we human beings share the same make up as icebergs. Our conscious self is like the ten percent of the iceberg that sits noticeably above the water, while the other ninety percent of us—those powerful, hidden forces—is similar to the part under the water’s surface. Remember the Titanic? It wasn’t the iceberg’s visible ten percent that sank this mighty ship, it was the invisible part. It’s the same with you and me.

So, what is it that lies under the surface of our functioning as facilitators? In short, we have three dynamic spheres of influence that make up this important “underside” of our nature:

- Our energies: those “vibes” that people can feel, intuit and sense;
- Our deeper consciousness: what psychologists call our subconscious mind; and
- Our souls: that center of our nature where the most central truth about us lives.

Let’s look at your energies. Nobody sees them, but they’re everywhere, all around you. Modern physics tells us that our bodies, our emotions, and even our thoughts give off an energy that is accessible and decipherable to others. Your clients and co-workers feel your personal vibes in their personal psyches. Equally important, some intelligent force in them translates into their conscious awareness exactly what energies they’re picking up from you.

The same is true with your subconscious mind. Much research confirms that when you and I talk, we are communicating not only consciously, but just as meaningfully and grippingly subconsciously. As far back as thirty years ago a study indicated that in the first four minutes of conversation, the other person has “picked up” well over 1,000 bits of information about you—all at a subconscious level—and is ready to make conscious conclusions about you.

Probably the least visible or perceptible of your inner resources is your soul. You’ve often read about soul mates and soul bonds—indicating that certain people have a special and compelling connection “way down” at the core of their being. While you certainly don’t have that kind of intimate soul bond with most of the people you help, you nonetheless do have a meaning-filled soul connection. It’s here, at the soul level, that we make those unconscious but important agreements with people—agreements about what roles we play toward and how we are helpful to one another.

The “good news” about these three hidden sources of influence, of course, is this: when you’re healthy, positive and empowered at these deeper levels, the people whom you’re serving feel it, know it, and respond positively to it. As you have guessed by now, the other side of that coin is equally true: if you’re conflicted, in pain, or disempowered at those deeper levels, people “get” that reality and respond accordingly. I suppose we could call this factor the “bad news.”

How important it is to know—at least to some degree of your awareness—what’s happening at these three levels! Most of us, of course, aren’t trained to be aware of these three arenas. If you’re like me, much of your training has focused you on the observable and consciously knowable arenas of life … and of your profession. Maybe we’ve missed something very, very important.

Application

Let’s look at two possible applications: the first for you, and the other for the people you’re helping.

First, about you. If you’re noticing some repeated limiting theme in your work—a hidden agenda, let’s say—that creates barriers or ill feelings between you and some of your clients, then you might do well to look deeply inside yourself, in one of the three arenas of influence. Ask yourself, for example, what energies am I unknowingly giving out … or what’s going on in my subconscious mind that might be challenging or hurtful to someone … or what kind of unwanted agreements might I be making with someone at a soul level, again without knowing it? Having the answer to these questions can help you take charge of your hidden dynamics, change the situation, and reduce the conflict.

Now let’s look at the other person in the equation—your client. What’s going on in your client’s energy, psyche or soul is already speaking to you, and you can decipher its codes. Think how freeing it would be for you if you were clearer about that person’s internal dynamics. Well, that clarity is not only possible, it’s available to you with just a bit of “intuition training,” “feeling training,” or “soul training.”

Try checking in with your own intuition and ask yourself what your intuitive sense is picking up from the other person. Then move on, checking with your subconscious mind … and finally your soul. You might be surprised, when you put your intuitive awareness under the microscope, at how much you already know, but maybe didn’t know you knew.

Let’s end on a positive note. The factors that make you an empowering, transformational leader are, of course, not only your skills, caring, and abilities. Equally important is the healthy and rich quality of energetic, subconscious and soul-level life that emanate from you “beneath your waterline.” When those whom you lead and help “feel” at their core that you care about them and want them to be empowered—when they know that even your “hidden” depths are dedicated to supporting them fully in healthy ways—they’ll tend to work cooperatively and positively with you.

About the Author: Bill Bauman, Ph.D. is a highly acclaimed trainer, speaker, motivator, and empowerer of people. He has had an unusual path in life, tasting varied ways of helping people—starting as a Catholic priest, then specializing as a psychotherapist and psychological consultant, moving on to a long phase as a seminar leader and business entrepreneur, and even spending time as a peace advocate and spiritual leader. With degrees in Psychology, Philosophy and Theology, Bill is a visionary of life’s possibilities and an insightful expert in the human psyche. Amid other pursuits, he currently trains facilitators in the transformational and depth qualities of leadership. Learn more about Bill and his offerings at www.billbauman.net.

Action

Ask yourself what you feel (energies), intuit (subconsciously), and/or know (soul) about any person, employee or client who is troubling to you. Ask yourself what energies or subconscious dynamics on your part may be offensive, offsetting or scary to those around you. Be honest with yourself. Even ask your co-workers or friends for their input in this regard.
Please send us your comments.
Expert Tele-Seminar

Facilitators' Secret Power: Three Hidden Levels of Facilitator Influence...

Explore the hidden dynamics available to facilitators to get through” more powerfully to those whom you lead


Featuring Bill Bauman,
Trainer, Speaker, and Motivator


"Just in Time" Learning

Have you led groups, facilitated processes, and/or worked for organizational change … to find your goals only partially realized? “What,” you wonder, “is lacking? How can I improve the depth and quality of my work?” Maybe the improvement needs to be “an inside job” as well as an external, behavioral change. Attend this one-hour tele-seminar with Bill Bauman, PhD and Steve Davis and learn to “get through” more powerfully to those whom you lead on Thursday, March 17th at 1:00 PM EST (NY Time). Some of the points we'll discuss are...

Why is it that, even when facilitators do all the theoretically right things, they sometimes don’t get the results they were after?
. Can you explain the three hidden areas of influence and how each of them affects group facilitation?
. Why do you think many of us are unaware of these underlying, hidden dynamics? After all, we’re all well-educated, aware, sensitive, talented professionals. Shouldn’t we know what’s going on in our energetic and subconscious interactions with others?
In your trainings and workshops with facilitators, what ways have you taught them to become more aware of their unconscious “stuff”? In short, how can we as facilitators become more conscious of these powerful internal energies, subconscious beliefs, and soul agreements?
Do you have any workshop techniques that have proven helpful to facilitators in this regard, that have helped them become more aware of their hidden power?
Let’s say that I’m a conscientious facilitator who is dedicated to removing any negative influences or barriers to my effectiveness with my clients. What can I do to remove unwanted or unhelpful “vibes” or subconscious beliefs that I’m giving out to others? How can I “fix” it?
If a facilitator is on the front lines—actively engaged in a group process—and recognizes that some of his or her “inner stuff” is activated and probably drawing resistance, what can he or she do at that moment to change that situation?
We’ve been focusing a fair amount of the “negative” impact of our deeper dynamics. Talk a bit, if you will, about the “positive” side of our hidden influences on others. What happens when my healthy internal energies and thoughts go out to others?
How have you personally come to know these deeper levels of influence and interaction? Share with us somewhat your own path toward this awareness.
If you were going to leave us with a final, perhaps hopeful, thought or recommendation about this hidden power we have as facilitators, what would that be?
And, answers to any questions you bring to the teleclass.

Plus Three Free Bonuses!

1. Recorded interview with the legendary Ken Wilbur. In this one-hour interview by Anna Dargitz, Ken discuss the Five "Being" Proficiencies that support advanced communicating and relating skills.

2. Seven Tips for Improving Your Intuition.
This 1-page pdf document lists seven simple things you can do to keep your intuition open, alive, and functioning.

3. Maintaining Open Intuition: A Checklist for the Future. This 2-page pdf document provides helpful reminders about how to keep your intuition working when you become periodically distracted by the chaos of the world.

Click here for details and registration information.

In the Spotlight


Intervene with Confidence!

5-day Teleclass for facilitators, trainers, and change agents

Learn effective models, strategies, and practices to intervene on individual and group behaviors to realign, refocus, challenge, or protect group process

Intervene With Confidence, 5-Day Teleclass
Group "Intervention" is one of the most challenging skills to master as a facilitator. So, we are especially pleased to finally announce the first time offering of this teleclass which will explore the art and science of group process intervention. This class for anyone who plays a facilitative or leadership role in a group and will explore practical ways to effectively intervene on individual and group behaviors to realign, refocus, challenge, or protect group process. In particular, this class will benefit group facilitators, trainers, life coaches, teachers, business and community leaders, and managers, whatever level of skill they have in group facilitation.

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 through a learning guide during the 5 days which accompanies the class as a resource.
3. You will have the opportunity to discuss issues on the subject matter with the instructor and your classmates via an online listserve during the course.
4. During the week, you may access the instructor via email for help or situational questions.

5-Day Intervene With Confidence Training Agenda...
Here's what you'll be learning and doing during the 5-Day course...

Monday
Introduction to Interventions.

  • What is an Intervention?
  • The five key "types" of Interventions
  • The three core values of Intervention
  • The three basic skills required by a facilitator to effectively Intervene.
  • 12 Characteristics of Functional Groups.

Tuesday
A Model for Diagnosis and Intervention.

  • 6-step model for diagnosis and intervention.
  • Designing Your Invitation to Intervene
  • How Deep Should I Intervene?
  • Basic vs. Developmental Intervention

Wednesday
Guidelines and Strategies for Intervention I

  • Imposing Structure
  • Timing Your Interventions
  • Intensity of Interventions
  • Intervene on Whom?
  • Using Your Intuition
  • Confusion is OK
  • Is Something Missing?
  • You are your Own Best Intervention

Thursday
Guidelines and Strategies for Intervention II

  • When Not to Intervene
  • Intervention Speak
  • 6 keys to continuously building your capacity to Intervene Effectively
  • Facilitator's Intervention Checklist

Friday
Intervention Laboratory

  • Practicing Interventions
  • Tame the Tormentors
  • Hold It! Technique
  • Carefrontation
  • Case Study

Benefits to you of participating from the 5-Day
Intervene Training...

1. Get a great grounding in the theory and practice of intervention skills.
2. Learn simple models that will help you decide when and when not to Intervene, how deep to Intervene, and how to Intervene gracefully.

3. Learn to appreciate and use surprises by getting comfortable dealing with the "unexpected" in your groups.
4. Gain reinforcement for the facilitative work you're already doing and learn some language and theory to back it up.
5. Get a chance to practice making interventions in a supportive environment of your peers.
6 . Collaborate and learn from a community of your peers, who are all passionate about empowering groups.

Also included with your training...
In addition to the 5-Day training described above, you also receive:
1. Free 33-page Learning Guide, "Intervene With Confidence." ($18 value) to help you drill down deep and master the art of Intervention in any situation.
2. RealAudio of a 50-minute TeleClass containing a lively discussion exploring the application of Intervention models and strategies to participant's real-life problems. ($18 value)
2. Free access to the RealAudio version of the 5-Day training.
3. Free copy of the article collection, "Organizational Diagnosis Models and Methods." ($15 value).

Pricing...
The full cost of training/access is only $89 including the free items ( worth $51) listed above. Everything you read about above is included. And, we offer a 100%-satisfaction-guaranteed guarantee.

Registration...
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.

Early Registration Special: Sign up by 15 March for only $79!

Dates...
March 28- April 1, 2005, 10:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM EST (NY Time), 60 minutes each day.


Please click here to register.

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