Naming the Work:  Employing Verbs in Facilitation

I collect verbs. Until recently I assumed I was the only eccentric out there, engaged in doing so, but then I was introduced to Darlene Goetzman’s Voracious Verbs cards for facilitators. She, too, collects verbs. The verbs I collect come from resumés and strategic plans, well chosen in those contexts to convey strategic and/or innovative activity: achievements in […]

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The Gift of Knowing – Da’at

I learned something this week: Da’at is the Hebrew word for knowing, knowledge that is powerful, participative, productive. Da’at is cognitive, affective, psychomotor knowing: ideas, feelings, actions interwoven and effective towards new behavior. Da’at is what the four year old is searching for when he says, “Me do!” Da’at is the renewed and reformed consciousness that […]

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10 Tips for Co-Facilitating

Teaching, training, or facilitating with someone else is very different from doing the same work on your own. Here are some tips to ensure you are successful: Check in with each other in advance. As soon as you know you will be working with each other, get together to plan. You need to agree on […]

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Towards a New Consciousness

Walter Brueggemann is a scholar of the Hebrew Scriptures. He says: Moses was not engaged in a struggle to transform a regime (in Egypt ); rather his concern was with the consciousness that undergirded and made such a regime possible.                  THE PROPHETIC IMAGINATION  p. 21 Reading this, I was blown away! I saw for […]

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10 Tips for Using Guidelines

Using guidelines during a learning or work event can be extremely helpful (and sometimes paramount to a successful session!). Below are a few things to keep in mind for ensuring they are relevant, needed, and meaningful. Use Guidelines for especially difficult groups or topics, multi-day events, or when you think issues around power may arise. […]

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A Few New Axioms

You are going to have to walk slowly to keep up with me! is my warning offered to those who dare to go for a walk with me these days. Another new axiom I am living by is Keep your eyes off the clock! Both of these speak to my predilection for “busy," for “productive," […]

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15 Tips for Effectively Working with Interpreters

By Jeanette Romkema and Christine Little Interpreters are crucial partners when facilitating dialogue in multilingual groups. The goal of any training, workshop, presentation or meeting is to build understanding. This is much harder when the facilitator doesn’t speak the language of the group, or a subset of the group does not speak the main language […]

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8 Questions for Understanding Your Learners

When designing any learning event, the Dialogue Education method demands that you develop in advance a deep understanding  of who will participate, taking into account their individual experience and needs so that you can tailor the design specifically for them; any learning event that makes too many assumptions about the participants is bound to disappoint. […]

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Goodbye TMI, Hello LIM (Less is More)

Too much information (TMI), or information overload, is a spot many curriculum designers find themselves in when preparing for a new workshop or course; even the most experienced person can hit TMI when he or she is taking on a new teaching topic. Sometimes before we are ready and able to narrow down the content we’re using […]

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