Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0256, May 16, 2006 ....

Dear friends,

It's our anniversary today. The fifth anniversary of the launch of this ezine, the Master Facilitator Journal. It hardly seems possible that it's been FIVE years! I used to wonder what I was going to write about after the 15th issue. That was the number of issues I had written in advance before launching the ezine on May 15th, 2001. Fortunately, something always seems to come forward for me to write about. And if it doesn't, I trust my creativity enough to know that something will show up if I show up to write it.

So with this anniversary issue, it feels like a great time to revisit our motivation to being facilitators and group leaders in this week's issue, "Why Are You a Facilitator?" Enjoy!

FacilitatorU News

Leverage Your "Relational Presence" for Masterful Group Leadership
The Introverts answer to public speaking and group presence
. Join us Tuesday for this one-hour expert interview featuring Lee Glickstein of See details after the article.

I'm a published author! David Riklan, the President and Founder of the #1 Self Improvement website in the world, will release "101 Great Ways to ImproveYour Life," this Wednesday, May 17th, together with a bonus gift bundle worth 100 times the investment of less than $15. I'm also thrilled to be a contributor to "101 Great Ways" project and have included one of the greatest secrets to success that I've learned within the pages of this book. David is backing it up with a solid guarantee. On May 17th, please click here to check out the book - and make sure you check out the bonuses.

Adults don't want to be "taught" anymore. They got enough of that in school. Join the "Becoming a Learning Facilitator" Teleclass offered during the week of May 22nd. Find out how to "co-create" content and learning with your participants in this highly interactive, five-day teleclass. See details at the end of this issue.

Are you managing people you rarely see? We're offering another five-day teleclass, starting June 5th for those managing teams at a distance. Please see details at the end of this issue.

Have a great week!

Steve Davis


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The Point

Why Are You a Facilitator?
Know your motivation and desire to facilitate to
strengthen and clarify your conviction and your effectiveness

Group Process Skill

I once participated in a telephone interview with a thoughtful student from George Washington University. The first question she asked me was a very simple one, "Why did you decide to become a Facilitator?" She was a very good facilitator herself, giving me plenty of attentive silence to dig below the surface and I was amazed at what came out of me! I wished I had recorded it. 

The answer that I gave reconnected me with my passion around facilitating as I explained my larger vision and desire for doing so. The simple act of answering that question renewed my conviction, clarified my intentions, and energized me simply by virtue of my renewed perspective. What a gift! Thank you Leslie.

So I suggest that you ask yourself this question or have a trusted friend, coach, or fellow facilitator ask you this question and have them take good notes on your answer. This just might be the exploration you need to fuel your next step.


My answer to the above question went something like this:

I don't know that I actually "decided" to become a facilitator. I believe that my basic temperament and inherent strengths initially led me into that role. Meaning that I'm passionate about learning and self-discovery, helping others to learn about themselves, and I'm an excellent listener and catalyst for creativity.

I get a special thrill out of helping a group discover the synergy born out of working together in an authentic fashion. Most groups that I've witnessed as a participant or observer, operate at a fraction of their potential due to a lack of facilitation skills or their conscious application. Having experienced what's possible myself in groups that operate authentically, I seek to help others reach this level. I see so much untapped potential that we could so desperately use during these times to solve our many challenges, that I wish to be one to sew the seeds of solutions, and to nurture the problem solvers, process keepers, and paradigm shifters.

I believe that when we teach individuals to own their authentic power from within their groups, their groups will show us a new way to live and work together. A way that may be essential to our survival as a species.


Ask yourself the question, "Why have I chosen to be a Facilitator?" Either record your answer or have someone take notes. What new actions or changes, if any will you take as a result of your answers. Just click reply and type them directly into this email.

Facilitation Expert Tele-Seminars

Leverage Your "Relational Presence" for Masterful Group Leadership
The Introverts answer to public speaking and group presence

Featuring Lee Glickstein, author, speaker, trainer, and founder of

When you stand in front of a group to open a training, a meeting, or a talk, where typically is your anxiety on this continuum?

Terror -- Fear -- Anxiety -- Coping -- Ease -- Flow -- Mastery

Anything less than Ease (which cannot be faked) translates instantly into anxiety for the group. If you aren't able to take a full, natural, unselfconscious breath before saying a word, the group will constrict their breathing and their listening. Bad start, yes?

Join us for this live, one-hour tele-seminar where you will discover what it takes to facilitate from full engagement and receptivity in every moment. This surprising secret to masterful group leadership is not grounded in technique or dynamism; rather it is about developing your innate capacity to facilitate listening and learning by being transparent. We call the key "Relational Presence," and by the end of this session you will know its power and understand how to cultivate it in your own style. Join Lee Glickstein and Steve Davis for this teleseminar on Tuesday, May 16th at 1:00 PM Eastern (NY Time). Click here for full details and registration.

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In the Spotlight

Attention facilitators, trainers, and teachers...

Are you ready to make the leap from conventional teaching to the skills, attitudes, and practices necessary to create and facilitate a learning environment? 

Adults don't want to be "taught" anymore. They got enough of that in school. Find out how to
"co-create" content and learning with your participants in this highly interactive, five-day teleclass.

o Are you stumped when it comes to engaging your people in trainings?

o Are you wondering why your students, don't want to get involved?

o Are you tired of trying to teach those who don't want to learn?

Get re-energized as a teacher and trainer in this 5-day teleclass and Become a Learning Facilitator, led by Steve Davis, founder of

This course is for facilitators, trainers, teachers, and coaches who want to delivery relevant, engaging, experiential training for groups in a way that's fun, engaging, and interactive, and you'll take it from the comfort of your own home or office.

I became inspired and awakened to a new possibility. It's a possibility that instead of being a teacher, I discovered that I am very passionate about facilitating learning. This is what I am fundamentally all about, and I was turned on by the conversation, the facilitation, the tools and the community of learners that were present.
--Annie Hammond, Life Coach

Learn how to Facilitate Learning in a way that is fun, impactful, and memorable. By the end of the 5 days, you will:

  • Renew your passion for teaching and training.
  • Know new ways to get your students excited about learning again.
  • Know how to listen for, encourage, and nurture what's important to them.
  • 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 a community of your peers, who are all passionate about empowering groups.
  • And much more..
This teleclass not only delivered facilitation techniques and information, it also aroused in me a new awareness of why I want to teach, train, mentor, and facilitate. Steve taught us how to sow seeds in people's hearts that can grow and sustain resourcefully and powerfully. The class has added a value to my coaching and my life. Thank you! --Bonnie Chan, Business Coach

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Managing People You Rarely See

Unlock the potential of your virtual team
as an effective distance manager

o Are your virtual working groups disjointed and uncooperative?

o Are virtual subcultures making communication difficult?

o Is accountability at a distance a problem?

This 5-day Teleclass will help you take the Management and Facilitation of your Virtual/Distributed Team to a new level...

Thanks so much for the class! I found it to be well-organized, soundly conceived, and well facilitated. This was a wonderfully informative, practical class, that helped add to my awareness and "toolkit" as a facilitator and provided many rich resources that can be applied in a variety of contexts. -- Harry Webne-Behrman, Training Officer, Office of Human Resource Development, University of Wisconsin

Managing people from a distance isn't easy

Do you need to get rapid results from people collaborating across multiple locations? This class will discuss managing remote relationships and frameworks for successfully managing projects across large distances. There are issues created by the geographic distance between team members. But those issues can be overcome, and in fact, the potential of a distance team to accomplish amazing feats far outweighs any logistical liabilities. Project development teams scattered around the country or around the globe can take advantage of the best scientific minds, technical skills and subject matter experts...if they can manage the remote relationships effectively. This course will build remote management competencies by providing a framework for success and applying it to real-life examples. The course contains consolidated information packed into a one-day format.

In this training you will learn to:

  1. Build group cohesion, avoiding the "us and them" trap
  2. Establish communication protocols that work for different organizational cultures
  3. Obtain organizational support and resources by creating the connections to larger operational goals
  4. Include group members' individual goals to create a shared purpose that increases commitment
  5. Build a common language for setting goals and project milestones.
  6. Clarify roles, responsibilities, and relationships for increased accountability
  7. Collaborate and learn from a community of your peers, all passionate about building and managing virtual teams.

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Become a member of premium member and receive live and self-guided teleclasses at half price in addition to a host of other items and benefits. An exceptional value. Click here for details.

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