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4 Smart Ways to Measure Events

4 Smart Ways to Measure Events

Hey there, fellow event planners and facilitators! Today, let's dive into something that often gets overlooked but is crucial for the success of any large group event: measuring the impact of our facilitation efforts. When we invest time, resources, and energy into...

How To Engage Diverse Perspectives In Small Group Facilitation

How To Engage Diverse Perspectives In Small Group Facilitation

Today I'm sharing four quick-hit ways for you to encourage diverse perspectives in your small group. 1. Playing the Traffic Cop in Small Group Facilitation As a facilitator, think of yourself as a traffic cop at a construction site, directing the flow of conversation....

How To Gently Eradicate Small Talk

How To Gently Eradicate Small Talk

This is the first video in a series I'm going to be sharing with you showcasing a recent conversation I had with Lisa Fain, the CEO of The Center for Mentoring Excellence. I'm so excited to share all of this with you over the coming weeks!   Lisa Fain: So, let's...

Brain-Based Tips To Increase Learning Retention

Brain-Based Tips To Increase Learning Retention

As educators, trainers, or facilitators, our goal is always to make information memorable. While it's unrealistic to expect people to remember everything, there are strategies to increase retention. I recently led a workshop series, "Engaged to Educate," where we...

Best Conversation Starter Cards

Best Conversation Starter Cards

Whether seeking suggestions from an artificial intelligence like ChatGPT or interacting with fellow humans, the power of prompts cannot be understated. The questions we ask and the way we frame them directly impact the responses we receive. This holds true for human...

How to Raise Kids With Technology

How to Raise Kids With Technology

As we wade through the digital era, the age-old question of how to raise children has morphed into a more nuanced discussion: How do we raise kids with technology? This question, brimming with complexities, reflects our collective journey as parents, educators, and...

Clever Small Group Team Building Activity: 60 Removal

Clever Small Group Team Building Activity: 60 Removal

Small group team building and community exercises often revolve around activities that foster collaboration and camaraderie. However, today, I'm introducing a unique concept for you to take away and ponder. During a keynote session I once hosted, I presented 800...

Engaging Closing Activity: Group Anthem

Engaging Closing Activity: Group Anthem

One of my favorite closing exercises that I've learned is called the "Group Anthem." I first learned this from a facilitator named Nate Follin in New Hampshire. Let me explain what it's about. What is the Group Anthem? Despite its name, there's no singing involved....

How to Improve The School To Parent Relationship?

How to Improve The School To Parent Relationship?

Parent involvement in schools, especially at the high school level, often poses challenges for educators. Many educators have observed increased parental engagement in elementary schools, but by the time students reach high school, parental involvement wanes...

How To Be A Great Facilitator: 5 Clever Strategies

How To Be A Great Facilitator: 5 Clever Strategies

Facilitation is an essential skill in various professional roles, but not everyone has formal training in it. In this article, I'm going to share valuable insights on becoming a better facilitator using five clever strategies during a discussion and offering practical...

Smarter Facilitation: How to Strengthen Communication

Smarter Facilitation: How to Strengthen Communication

In the world of education, effective communication with school staff is crucial for fostering collaboration, supporting students, and achieving educational goals. In this article, we'll explore various strategies and insights shared during a recent session on this...

What To Say To Gain Buy-In When Attendance Is Mandatory: Live Demo

What To Say To Gain Buy-In When Attendance Is Mandatory: Live Demo

My primary objective is to ensure that everything we discuss connects to our central theme. If there's a deviation from this, I want to address it promptly. After all, we've dedicated our time together with the hope of having meaningful conversations, uncovering...

How To Become a Master Facilitator

How To Become a Master Facilitator

Today I'm starting a new series of videos that I'm really excited for you to get to check out. We're going to take a look at me actually putting some of these concepts and activities I talk about into practice. You'll be able to watch live as I work with a group I...

How Can I Improve Large Group Gatherings?

How Can I Improve Large Group Gatherings?

8,300 Years of Experience Today’s video is a little different. Instead of a talking head style, where I sit and talk to you about whatever the topic is, this time I’m going to actually show you how I make larger group gatherings more fun – no one sitting around and...

How to Close a Conference: Appreciation vs. Affirmation Activity

How to Close a Conference: Appreciation vs. Affirmation Activity

What the Brain Remembers The brain's capacity to recall doesn't necessarily expand over time. Reflecting on our recent experiences, our memory follows a certain curve, which has only a downward trajectory. I call this the Curve of Forgetting—so do learning...

Best Team Activities to Increase Engagement

Best Team Activities to Increase Engagement

When it comes to enhancing team engagement, you don't want to rely on activities that might only offer marginal results. In this article, I'll share three highly effective exercises that have proven to foster genuine engagement. The best part? These activities are not...

How to Talk With Tomorrow

How to Talk With Tomorrow

I'm pumped to share a brand-new artificial intelligence-based tool I've created. It's unlike any other AIs you've seen out there. If you were drawn to this video, I think you'll be especially drawn to this concept. Base Concept for This AI Facilitation Tool Here's the...

How to Do Icebreakers with Burly Men?

How to Do Icebreakers with Burly Men?

Hey, friends and fellow connection enthusiasts! You'll get a kick out of this one. Recently, I had an engaging conversation with a fellow speaker and corporate trainer who's part of our tribe (name changed for anonymity sake). We shared some insights, laughs, and,...