Have you ever been in a training and marveled at how quickly the time flew by? Genuinely enjoyed a meeting you were expecting to dread? Learned something powerful about a topic you thought wouldn't engage you? Experienced an intimate, vulnerable, transformative moment with a group of total strangers?
Then you've witnessed the magic of facilitation.
Like all magic tricks though they seem to defy reason when you're spectating for the first time once the secrets of facilitation are unveiled to you, you'll look back with a bland obviousness. Of course that's how it's done.
In this book, co-authors and social justice facilitators Sam Killermann and Meg Bolger teach you how to perform the favorite tricks they keep up their sleeve. It's the learning they've accumulated from thousands of hours of facilitating, debriefing, challenging, and failing; it's the lessons from their mentors, channeled through their experience; it's the magician's secrets, revealed to the public, because it's about time folks have the privilege of looking behind the curtain of facilitation and thinking of course that's how it's done.
This book highlights 11 key concepts every facilitator should know, that most facilitators don't even know they should know. They are sometimes-tiny things that show up huge in facilitation. It's a book for facilitators of all stripes, goals, backgrounds, and settings and the digestible, enjoyable, actionable lessons would benefit anyone who is responsible for engaging a group of people in learning.
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Sam Killermann is a comedian and social justice facilitator who got his start in orientation and first-year programs. He s the co-creator of TheSafeZoneProject.com, where his favorite way to spend time is training facilitators, and he is the author of A Guide to Gender, which opened as the #1 best-seller in gender on Amazon. Sam earned his bachelor s from Purdue and master s from Bowling Green, and enjoys riding his bicycle around sunny Austin, TX, where he counts himself lucky to live.
Meg Bolger is an social entrepreneur and facilitator passionate about the process of engaging in social justice work. She founded Pride for All, an organization that provides support for folks looking to start social justice conversations. She's the co-creator of TheSafeZoneProject.com, where she enjoys helping folks create sustainable gender and sexuality education programs. Meg graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. and Bowling Green State University with a M.A. She enjoys flying around the U.S. to help develop facilitators at schools and organizations, all while getting asked if she's old enough to sit in the exit row.
"Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation is more than just another book on group dynamics or interpersonal skills. There are no wasted pages; and yet, as packed full of valuable information as it is, it manages to feel less like a manual and more like a personal conversation with two people who are clearly both knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about the topic.
With no shortage of memorable analogies and helpful examples, the book is written with refreshing wit, humor, empathy and a compelling voice.
Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation is sure to provide new and seasoned facilitators alike with a good dose of inspiration, focus and solid know-how, along with renewed enthusiasm for facilitation and its endless potential to bring about positive change."--Erik Tyler, Mentor, Speaker, Facilitator and Author of The Best Advice So Far
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