Category Archives: Tips for Trainers

Tips for Trainers – Facilitator Tip: Goal Setting

Facilitator Tip: Goal Setting Happy New Year! One of my favorite parts of January (aside from my birthday!) is hanging up a pristine new calendar and seeing the big blank year ahead of me. It’s a little like holding the New Year’s clean slate right in my hands, just waiting to be written. As I […]

Tips for Trainers – Facilitator Tip: Advice from a Snowflake

Facilitator Tip: Advice from a Snowflake Paper Snowflakes With the it being the first week of winter, many parts of the United States are already under a big blanket of snow. Here’s a little Advice from a Snowflake to finish off 2016! Advice from a Snowflake Keep Your Cool Celebrate Your Uniqueness Let Your Plans […]

Tips for Trainers – Facilitator Tip: The Gift of Presence

Facilitator Tip: The Gift of Presence This time of year, I’m particularly aware of the importance of presence. Not presents, but presence. I have been very fortunate to have a supportive family life from the start. Looking back at old pictures, my parents and grandparents were at every function that was important to me. Birthday […]

Tips for Trainers – Facilitator Tip: Changing the Rules

Facilitator Tip: Changing the Rules One fun thing about being an experiential facilitator is getting to change the rules of a particular game to fit the needs of your participants. I tend to be a ‘rule tester’ in general, so getting to change the rules as I see fit makes my job all that more […]

Tips for Trainers – Facilitator Tip: Staying On-Task and On-Time

Facilitator Tip: Staying On-Task and On-Time Have you ever lead a conversation that started out great, then all of a sudden one comment leads the group off-course and off-task for 30 minutes? Generally, most groups have a lot to get accomplished in a short amount of time. With groups of passionate and knowledgeable people, it […]

Tips for Trainers – Personify Leadership Business Planning Meeting

Personify Leadership Business Planning Meeting Today’s tip is short and sweet as I am writing this late on Tuesday evening. This week I happen to be in Ft Lauderdale, FL for my annual Business Planning meeting for Personify Leadership with my business partner, Angela Sebaly and the rest of our Personify team. We are spending […]

Tips for Trainers – Gratitude

Gratitude As November comes to a close, we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States. For me, Thanksgiving is the perfect gateway to the holidays. It begins with bringing the people I love to the table for a feast that’s always familiar, yet never the same twice. From there, it’s a long weekend of improvised […]

Icebreaker Wheelies

Icebreaker Wheelies One of my current favorite icebreaker activity is our Icebreaker Wheelies. Hand one card to each participant. Ask them to find a partner and share their response to the question on their card. After the two have each shared their response, have them exchange cards and find a new partner. Encourage partners to […]

The Power in Metaphor and Anchor Pieces

The Power in Metaphor and Anchor Pieces I started my career in the Adventure Counseling field. I worked at a Wilderness program for troubled teens as a full-time counselor. It was a long-term residential program where the average length of stay for kids was around 9 months. During that time the kids had lots of […]