Master Facilitator Journal





Please bear with me this week as what I'm about to share may not sound like it relates directly to the nuts and bolts of facilitation. But I believe it cuts to the root of how we humans function and will offer you a new meta perspective that may help you in your work.

This past weekend, I met with two of my closest friends to review and discuss the direction and mission of FacilitatorU. After much discussion, a breakthrough occurred. We realized a clear theme that had not been articulated before. This theme aligns and contains my most persistent interests, practice, and teachings. It's also edgy and counterintuitive, which I love.

I hesitate to share this theme, way of life, insight (I'm not sure what to call it) because essentially, it boils down to just one simple word. And upon first glance, it could easily be dismissed due to its simplicity. Ok enough said, here it is. This is what I'm all about...my purpose in life is to facilitate Unlearning. Crazy isn't it? Are you impressed? I assume and suppose you'd like to know more. If so, read on...

Facilitating at a Distance coming March 22nd : Essentials of Teleclass & Virtual Meeting Facilitation. This class is for those of you wanting to offer a teleclass but don't feel you have all the skills and knowledge you need to do so, or for managers working with distributed teams that require you to facilitate virtual meetings. See details at the end of this issue.

Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration Workshop (JOFC). Our Summer session of the JOFC Workshop is now open for registration! We'll be meeting the week of June 7th in Madison Wisconsin...check out this opportunity to learn an Integrally Informed Approach to Facilitation and Leadership. Click here for details and registration.

We hope our work continues to bring inspiration to your world. Thank you for being a part of our growing community. Please continue to send the wonderful feedback.

Blessings,

Steve Davis

Founder, FacilitatorU.com



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The Point


What Did You Unlearn Today?
Not everything we learn is useful



Self-Facilitation Skill


This past weekend, I met with two of my closest friends to review and discuss the direction and mission of FacilitatorU. After much discussion, a breakthrough occurred. We realized a clear theme that had not been articulated before. This theme aligns and contains my most persistent interests, practice, and teachings. It's also edgy and counterintuitive, which I love.

I hesitate to share this theme, way of life, insight (I'm not sure what to call it) because essentially, it boils down to just one simple word. And upon first glance, it could easily be dismissed due to its simplicity. Ok enough said, here it is. This is what I'm all about...my purpose in life is to facilitate Unlearning. Crazy isn't it? Are you impressed? I assume and suppose you'd like to know more. So here's what I'm talking about...

Not everything we learn is useful. I know, it's nuts. But hear me out. There are many things that we learn that are quite functional. Things like speaking, eating, dressing, writing, walking, running, etc. are pretty darn useful. Most of these things we learn by the time we graduate Kindergarten. Hence inspiration for the classic, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

However, many, many things that we learn actually impede our progress as individuals, families, societies, and countries. Layer upon layer of conditioning is laid down in our little minds, acting as programs that run us day in and day out. It's been said that the average human thinks around 60,000 thoughts per day. The 60,000 thoughts that you think tomorrow will be pretty much the same as those you thought today. And what's worse, many of them will be self-defeating.

We try to solve our problems from the mental framework that caused them. Imagine trying to fix a computer virus by modifying the code in the virus. Sounds absurd but I think that's how we actually approach many of the problems we face in society. We think that if we can just add one new program, or beat down someone else's program, then we will create heaven on earth. Or we think that if we can just learn one more magical skill, tool, or method, then we'll be able to lead others to a breakthrough. Not that there's anything wrong with our skills, tools, or methods. It's our attachment to them as the source of our solutions that gets in the way.

Our modern society is obsessed with information input. We often refer to this as learning. Contrary to our upbringing in public education, learning goes a lot deeper than simply memorizing and recalling data, and has or will become useless and unnecessary as the information age advances. Youngsters have figured this one out and many have to be drugged to be kept in our schools.

We already know way more than we think we do. How many times have you heard sage wisdom spoken by small children? While a good deal of our conditioning is useful, a lot of it blinds us from the obvious. Most of what we need to know, we see right in front of us or feel in our guts. Unlearning is more often than not what's needed to open a path to clear seeing.

A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study. 
~Chinese Proverb~

We do you need to unlearn? So what can we do about this? What is one supposed to do to clear the fog. Let's see...


Application


In an issue that talks about unlearning, there's something strange about asking you to take on just one more thing. So here are some very short and simple suggestions that have more to do with lightening your load, unlearning, than taking on more.

Stop solving problems.
Assume the possibility that erroneous conditioning is perpetuating the problem your trying to solve. So like a bug caught in a web, struggle will only exhaust you. Stop, rest, and watch it very closely this week and see what you notice.

Don't learn anything new. Yes I know, it's sacrilege, but give it a try. I mean, don't give it a try. If anything, don't do something you normally do all the time.

Speak before thinking. Wisdom is innocent. As I said before, trying to apply all of your higher learning often mucks up the works. Share what you see before analyzing it to death. Do this with your heart open and you'll do no harm.

Ask questions before sharing answers. It may seem like asking questions is simply taking on more learning. But actually, offering answers is what we were taught to do to demonstrate what we know. Asking questions is humbling to the ego and loosens your hold on what you think you know.

Talk to me. Tell me what you think about this unlearning thing. Would you like to unlearn more about this? Would an Institution of Higher Unlearning be helpful?

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. 
~Mark Twain~

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Action


So tell me what you think about this unlearning thing and/or what happened for you in practicing the inactions above. Would you like to unlearn more about this? Please reply to this email with your thoughts, stories, and experiences. I'd love to hear from you!


This Week's Offer

virtual teleclass facilitationFacilitating at a Distance Teleclass...
The Essentials of Teleclass & Virtual Meeting Facilitation

Virtual Meetings

Have you considered offering a teleclass as a more efficient way to deliver training, enhance group learning and generate more income for your business? Or, are you working with a distributed team that requires you to design and facilitate virtual meetings?

When done right, Teleclasses and Virtual Meetings (T/VM) are very effective and inexpensive ways to train, collaborate, and problem-solve. But if they aren't effectively facilitated, T/VM's can be a boring waste of time!

Remove the fear and uncertainty of teleclass/virtual meeting design and facilitation with this 5-day teleclass series: Leading at a Distance: The Essentials of Teleclass & Virtual Meeting Facilitation, led by Steve Davis, Founder of FacilitatorU.com,
March 22nd-26th, 2009, 10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 PM Eastern (NY Time),
60 minutes each day.


This class covers all the elements of T/VM facilitation using a simple, well-organized, and proven approach. This course, that you can take from the comfort of your own home or office, is for facilitators, trainers, coaches, who want to design relevant, engaging, experiential workshops for groups using a simple, proven formula that's easy to apply to any workshop topic.

Learn how to design and run a T/VM that will maximize the use of your group's time and energy.

By the end of the 5 days, you will:

  • Have learned the key skills needed to effectively facilitate a Teleclass/Virtual Meeting.Know how to balance interactivity with meeting purpose.  Become familiar with the 10 modes of delivering learning and information in a virtual environment.Know mistakes to avoid when facilitating your T/VM.Learn the 7 Keys to the Inner Game of T/VM Facilitation.
  • And much more...

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