Category Archives: Tips for Trainers

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 […]

Creating New Story Lines for Low Course Elements

Creating New Story Lines for Low Course Elements Recently I was asked by an organization that has several Low Ropes Course Elements for help in creating new story lines for their elements. They have used the same stories over and over again for years and want to breathe some new life into their existing course. […]

Tips for Trainers – An Interview on Facilitation!

An Interview on Facilitation! Last week I was interviewed by Meg Bolger and Sam Killerman of Facilitating XYZ. It was a fun hour full of great questions about facilitation. We talked about how I got my start, some of my favorite facilitation tricks, tips on getting the most out of experiential conferences and much, much […]

Tips for Trainers – Action and Reflection

Action and Reflection Do most of your debriefing sessions happen in a seated position? Traditionally processing has involved sitting a group of participants down in a circle after an activity and having the facilitator ask participants questions regarding their reactions to experience. Though this activity can be effective, it can be tiresome for everyone involved […]

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 […]