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The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0095 | April 8, 2003
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From the Publisher: 

Hello MFJ Readers. 

Our feature article in this issue "Multiple Intelligences," is by Jon C. Jenkins of Imaginal Training, a training and consulting firm in the Netherlands. The article briefly explores the eight types of intelligences and the importance of knowing about them as a group leader.

At the end of the article, we invite you to join another free tele-discussion on the concept of Appreciative Inquiry co-hosted by Patricia Clason and Bert Stitt. Both of whom are serious practitioners of this method. Please review the announcement and join us if you can. Also, watch for more in-depth trainings this area coming soon.

We've also just added a new version of the journal available each week in pdf format free of all ads. These can be easily printed and used in your workshops and trainings or for distribution and education within your network. Click here for details.

If you or your colleagues are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please email your ideas. I'd love to hear from you.

Have a great week... 
Steve Davis


So you think you're smart? Where? When?
Know the many ways human express their genius through Multiple Intelligences

The Point

When we are all concerned with improving performance, finding ways of utilizing all of the resources under our care is important. This includes the brainpower of our employees.

Different people learn in different ways and learn different things. This is called Multiple Intelligences (MI).

Why is it important for an employee to know which kind of intelligence he or she is strong in?

Among the benefits are:

- Employees who are aware of MI tend to value and nurture individual differences.
- Employees who are evaluated based on MI have a more authentic assessment of their learning.
- When people are in an environment that encourages the use of MI, there tends to be a notable improvement in achievements during training, thinking, problem solving, and retention of material.
- Employees tend to have greater self-confidence in their ability to learn when using many intelligences.

Among the benefits for mangers are:

- The use of MI tends to create a positive climate that supports, motivates, and promotes success for employees and managers.
- The use of MI tends to improve and expand repertoire of learning, coaching and on-the-job training strategies.

Studies suggest that there are at least 8 kinds of intelligence. When we think of someone being smart, we usually think of the way they use language or how logical they are. These are two kinds of intelligence but not all. Educational institutions often focus on a narrow range of intelligence that involves primarily these two: verbal/linguistic and logical/mathematical skills. Knowledge and skills in these areas are essential for surviving and thriving in the world but are not all.


We all know people who can look at the trunk of a car and a pile of luggage and immediately know where each suitcase goes. Or we may know someone who can look at the furniture in a room and immediately know if it can be rearranged new ways. This kind of aptitude is called Visual/Spatial.

Other people are smart in the use of their body. They are coordinated and graceful. They can do things with their hands that most can't. They like to build things. These people are often very good a sports. This kind of ability is called Bodily / Kinaesthetic Intelligence.

There are mechanics that can listen to the rhythm and sound of a diesel engine and know what kind of problem it has. These people are smart about sounds and rhythms. They "understand" things from this perspective. Musicians or singers fall into this group. This is called Musical Intelligence.

Some people seem to just get along with other people. They seem to know what the right thing to say is in a difficult situation. These are the people or real people managers. Human Resource people, trainers, coaches, etc tend to be smart in this area. This intelligence is Interpersonal.

Some people seem to be in touch with their own feelings and what motivates them. People who like working alone, like to "think" about things, and who are self-motivating tend to be cleverer in the areas of Intrapersonal Intelligence.

The eighth kind of intelligence is Naturalist Intelligence. These folks seem to be able to grow anything, under any conditions at any time of year or at least smart enough what not to try when. They are animal lovers. They can see the impact of a project on the environment.

A manager can use Multiple Intelligences in coaching or providing on-the-job training. Further, it provides an addition for improving performance.

About the Author: Jon C. Jenkins has developed and delivered participative and interactive training programs to a wide variety of organisations and groups. Most recently he has focused mostly on Training of Trainers programs. Check out his website at


Of the intelligences above, which are your strongest? Your weakest? How can you use this information? I'd love to hear what shows up for you. Please email us your comments.

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Since 1980, New Horizons for Learning has served as a leading-edge resource for educational change. They have identified, communicated, and helped to implement successful educational strategies through the New Horizons' Online Journal, Books and other written materials, Networking people and organizations, and Eight landmark international conferences.

This innovative website is dedicated to the exploration of effective teaching and learning practices, helping implement ideas that have not yet reached the mainstream, and to work in coordination with other reputable networks and learning communities.

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About the Publisher
Steve Davis is a Facilitator's Coach helping leaders enhance their effectiveness through the application and perspective of facilitation. Please email or call me at 805-489-4130 to schedule a Free exploratory session, or to share your suggestions and ideas for the journal. I'd love to hear from you. If you find this newsletter helpful, please forward it to your friends. Thanks for reading!

In the Spotlight
Appreciative Inquiry
Another tool for asset-based personal, organizational, and ad hoc development...

Join us for a Free 1-hour Tele-Discussion with AI experts, Patricia Clason and Bert Stitt on April 14th


When we work with groups as facilitators, consultants, coaches, or therapists, we tend to start with the question, "So what's the problem here? What's wrong? What needs to change?" etc. The problem with this is that we place the spotlight on problems that may have not been worrisome before we showed up to highlight them. AI is an alternative way to support people and groups by asking questions such as "what's going well around here? What ideas can you tell me about that I can share with others? How are you documenting your excellence?" Your role takes on the form of one who facilitates the discovery of conditions that made excellence possible in the past, and ways to project more of this into the future.

Through AI, we help groups articulate the themes and dreams of "what could be" and "what will be." What will be is the future envisioned through an analysis of the past. The entire system maintains the best of the past by discovering what it is and stretching it into the future possibilities. This differs from other visioning work because the envisioned future is grounded in the reality of the actual past.

Call in for a one-hour conversation at 2 PM EDT on Monday, April 14th with Patricia Clason and Bert Stitt to learn more about this exciting new participatory technology. We will discuss the basics of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach. You will learn how these techniques can help you to use appreciation for positive experiences in life as the foundation for building a practical vision and the strategic steps that will work to achieve that vision. Please click here and press "Send" to register. You'll receive an automatic response, secure your spot for this call register, and receive call-in information. But hurry, the bridge can handle only a limited number of callers.

Leader Bios

Bert Stitt operates a home-based consultancy from Madison, Wisconsin. He provides facilitation services, public engagement consultation, and organizational development for community-building projects, coaching for non-governmental organizations, mediation and facilitation for governmental agencies, and strategic planning processes for associations, foundations, and small businesses. Appreciative Inquiry is a relatively recent tool that Bert is finding very useful as he reaches into the toolbox while helping to build the organizations he works with.

Patricia Clason has traveled across the continent doing speeches, workshops and media appearances as a professional speaker, trainer, consultant and writer, giving over 3,000 presentations for corporations, associations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Now the Director of the Center for Creative Learning which offers programs for personal and professional development and has written many articles, training programs and personal growth seminars and is a sought-after guest for radio and television. Patricia likes to focus on alternative methods of teaching and learning, addressing the psychological perspectives and principles behind the practical tools that she teaches. As a result, audiences are often entranced with her and excited about using these new ideas.

This telediscussion will be held at 2 PM EDT on Monday, April 14th. Please click here and press "Send." You'll receive an automatic response, secure your spot for this call register, and receive call-in information. But hurry, the bridge can handle only a limited number of callers.

Steve Davis
Publisher, MFJ


Thank you for reading this issue of the Master Facilitator Journal. Look for your next issue on April 15, 2003.


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