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The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0042| February 26, 2002
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Why Are You a Facilitator?
Knowing your true motivation behind your desire to facilitate will strengthen and clarify your conviction and your effectiveness.

The Point

Just last week, I 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 ever 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 operating 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. We'd love to hear your perspective on this important subject.  Please email your comments to us.

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In accordance with this week's theme, we ask you to tell us what you see as the "promise" of  Facilitation. Or put another way, what is it's purpose and place in society at this time? 

We appreciate your input on this question that might help other facilitators in setting the foundation and the context for effective work with their clients. Please email us your responses. All those who respond will be sent the entire collection of responses. We may use your responses as a resource for future issues of the journal or for other works.  Thanks so much for your consideration of our request

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Drawing on his forty-plus years as a world-class motivational speaker, Zig identifies and shows precisely how to achieve what people want most from life - to be happy, healthy, reasonably prosperous, secure, to have friends, peace of mind, a firm spiritual foundation, good family relationships, and - most important - hope.

As Zig delves into the how and whys of living life with values, character, honesty, integrity and sensitivity, you’ll learn to be more at peace with yourself, accomplish more with your skills and abilities and tap into what life is really all about. A View from the Top will persuade you to make the commitment to be the best you can be and convince you that if you will recognize and continue to develop what you already have - what you can and will do just may be astonishing! And as Zig has always said. “If you help enough people get what they want, you’ll get what you want”. Like the mighty oak tree, our challenge as human beings is to continually regenerate ourselves by deepening our roots and extending our reach.

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Thank you for reading this issue of the Master Facilitator Journal.  Look for your next issue on March 5, 2002. 


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