From the Publisher:
you too smart for your own good? Read this weeks
article to find out and explore the dilemma of the professional
speaker or seminar leader, placed in the front of the room
and expected to be the font of all knowledge. The entertainer
supreme. Take a minute to unravel this fallacy with us and
release yourself from much unnecessary burden.
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You Too Smart for Your Own Good?
Speakers and seminar leaders
don't need to do all the work.
attend lots of workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements
where the presenter seems compelled to talk TO the audience.
Though I do believe they're expressing a sincere desire to
teach, enlighten, and inform their audience with the best
of intentions, how often have you actually been inspired by
shear quantities of information?
I don't give "speeches" anymore. When I'm asked
to give one on a topic I feel comfortable with, I accept but
when introduced as the speaker, I love to change that perception
by saying, "Well, I am going to stand in front of the
room today, but I don't plan to be your speaker. Instead,
I hope to serve you better by being your listener." The
rebel in me revels in this!
I sincerely believe that my success as a "speaker,"
facilitator, trainer, teacher, whatever, rests more in my
ability to hear what people need and to create an environment
where they can get that, in content and delivery, from whoever
can best deliver it at the time.
Now ofcourse, if I've shown up for a speaking gig in the hopes
of getting lots of attention and ceremonious fluffing of my
expert ego, I certainly wouldn't employ the above approach.
But if I want to truly empower my audience by asking, listening,
and delivering what they want and need, then I'm going to
continually refocus my attention on them. We're going to have
discussions, demonstrations, and exercises and only enough
focus on me to maintain the energy of focused connection and
involvement among the participants.
attended a workshop last weekend with an energetic healer
and her husband, a psychologist, with a new technique to assist
people to return to their essence, to lessen the influence
of their personality and coping mechanisms that they had developed
I was most interested in the topic, and they had a lot of
information, they almost lost me. There was very little
interaction or none at all as they talked for over an hour
about their mysterious techniques. It was apparent that
most everyone there was puzzled and trying to figure out
what it was all about. They kept asking but the explanation
got more and more obscure and it felt as we were being marketed
to death. Finally, during the 30 minutes of the 2-hour presentation,
they offered an opportunity for everyone to have a short
reading. Lo and behold, the seminar picked up strength,
everyone started asking questions and were very involved.
It was evident now through their work on us that they were
quite talented and had something to offer that all the words
in the world would never have conveyed. Several people even
signed up for individual work afterwards.
do people insist on telling us when they can show us? Maybe
it's just the way that we were taught, or maybe it's just
the best way we know. Whenever you get the chance, teach
people a facilitation tip that will make their presentations
more powerful and engaging with less effort.
- If you have the choice between showing and telling,
show first, tell later. Then people know and feel what
you're talking about. Also takes a lot of pressure off of
you to entertain. Once you impact people with a physical
or emotional experience, they'll have lots to tell themselves.
- Talk to your audience. Ask them more about themselves
and what they're interested in learning at the beginning
and adjust your approach accordingly.
- Don't talk so much. Check in with your audience
periodically and see what they have to say about what you're
saying. Are they getting it? Do they have something to add
that can amplify or validate your point?
- Get them talking to each other. Use simple methods
to get participants talking to one another about their experiences,
what they're learning, what they want, etc. This brings
more energy and attention to the group, can mine new perspectives,
and can improve the experience for everyone.
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the situation above? Is there something about your presentation
style you'd like to change or improve upon? Is there someone
you know who might benefit from a facilitative tip you could
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How do you
manage the "emotional" component of your group
As facilitators, we know the importance of attitude and
the emotional state of our participants. We know that if
we focus purely on content delivery with little attention
to how it might influence their emotional states, we may
be missing the mark with our processes. I'd like to hear
about how you plan for, monitor, and influence the emotional
flow in the group processes you design.
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U Releases First Facilitator Guide!
We're very pleased to announce the
release of our first of many planned Facilitator Guides
Full Participation." Here
are some reasons you'll want this guide:
Just in Time Training" to facilitators
and group workers in key skill areas or situations.
This Facilitator Guide explores Full
Participation more completely than any
other document we've seen before.
fluff! This guide is practical, easy to read,
with ideas and actions you can use right away.
an audio portion that
answers real world problems in getting Full
Participation from group members.
a full training license
so that you can teach this material to others.
tools and perspectives that will help your group members
understand what it means to particupate fully.
20-page guide will help you to drill
down deep and master the art of facilitating
in any situation.
information-packed guide is a must to include in your
personal Facilitator's Toolkit
is this guide most useful for? This learning
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role in a group who wants to discover new and creative ways
to get more involvement from individual group members. In
particular, it is useful for group facilitators, trainers,
life coaches, teachers, business and community leaders,
Here's an overview of the contents
of this information-rich guide:
Why full participation?
Explores the benefits of full participation and ramifications
of not having it.
What is full participation?
Explores a new model of full participation from a 3-dimensional
Facilitating full participation.
Looks at perspectives to take
to facilitate full participation using this new model.
Facilitator's full participation
inventory. A 10-part self-assessment to help
facilitators become better at this skill.
Participant's full participation
inventory. A 10-part self-assessment for your
participants to help them be conscious of behaviors that
make up Full Participation.
Full participation strategies.
25 strategies you can employ to get Full Participation.
to collect your own ideas, resources, and actions to employ
what you learn from the guide.
Cautions. Explores special
situations to be aware of around this skill.
Contrarion perspective on full
participation. Resources that look at possible
negative impacts of full participation.
License Rights. Owners
of this guide are granted a license to copy and distribute
this material in their own trainings, workshops, and groups.
Basically, you can do anything you want with this guide
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the application of Full Participation Strategies to participant's
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