Facilitator Journal | Issue #0256, May 16, 2006 ....
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!
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
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Why Are You a Facilitator?
Know your motivation and
desire to facilitate to
strengthen and clarify your conviction and your effectiveness
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.
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
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?
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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,
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