What Food Network taught me about facilitation skills

I love Food Network. I never get tired of it. In fact, I could probably find more time for writing this blog (and a number of other things) if I watched less Food Network on Saturday mornings with a cup or three of coffee. Ages ago - probably at least 5 years ago - I … Continue reading What Food Network taught me about facilitation skills

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The Introvert’s Guide to Being an Awesome Facilitator

  I spend a lot of time in front of a group; but truth be told, I'm an introvert. If I'm given the choice of being in a large, social setting or having a quiet conversation with a couple of colleagues, I'll choose the quiet conversation every time. Sometimes, it seems like being a presenter, … Continue reading The Introvert’s Guide to Being an Awesome Facilitator

3 Tips to Facilitate With Confidence (even when you’re not an expert)

Have you ever been asked (or instructed) to facilitate a training session, and you're NOT the expert in the room? I think we've all been there at one time or another. It's easy to let the nerves or negative self-talk take over - a little too easy, right? How do you project authority on the … Continue reading 3 Tips to Facilitate With Confidence (even when you’re not an expert)

Before Your Training Session: 3 Simple Things to Remember

It's 7:15 a.m.  Your training session is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m.  You arrive in your training room; it is set up and seemingly ready to go.  An amateur trainer might just fire up her laptop, assume everything is ready to roll, and kick back with a cup of coffee for the next 45 … Continue reading Before Your Training Session: 3 Simple Things to Remember

10 Tips for Facilitators (and why I hate public speaking)

Several years ago, I participated in a train-the-trainer program to become certified to facilitate a sales training program for my then-day job. As we were mock-facilitating sections of the training, the leader was giving us feedback. She said to me, "I'll bet you were really good at speech class when you were in school." Well... … Continue reading 10 Tips for Facilitators (and why I hate public speaking)