Monthly Archives: September 2016

Tips for Trainers – The Clothespin

The Clothespin clothespins The clothespin has always been a favorite metaphor of mine, and with the creation of Pinterest it has been stamped into eternity! Vintage clothespins have always had a soft spot in my heart. It’s hard to imagine the situation that arose that caused someone to carve clothespins from select tree branches. Most […]

Facilitator Tip: Team Breath

Facilitator Tip: Team Breath Team Breath When I’m leading group activities, I have a simple phrase I use to help center and focus groups. I learned it years ago from friend and colleague, Tom Leahy, and it amazes me at how well it works. Announce, “Team Breath” and invite everyone to take a big deep […]

Tips for Trainers – Facilitator Tip: Ride On!

Facilitator Tip: Ride On! Do something different! Do you remember learning to ride your first bike? How impossible it seemed at first? And how impossible it now is to imagine it was ever hard? Remember the first time you facilitated a group on your own? Were you nervous? I remember both events quite well… Aligning […]

Tips for Trainers – Facilitator Tip: Managing Expectations

Facilitator Tip: Managing Expectations Sometimes my tips come from recent experiences. Recently I attended a University graduation ceremony for a friend. We flew to the east coast to celebrate with her for the weekend. The schedule indicated that graduates should be there by 8:00am and the ceremony would start at 9:30am. As a participant/spectator in […]