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Inclusive Ways to Address People & Groups

This is not a pitch for political correctness. It’s about respect. I want to share with you a few simple, practical ways I have learned…

Inclusive Ways to Address People & Groups

This is not a pitch for political correctness. It’s about respect. I want to share with you a few simple, practical ways I have learned…

How We Practice is How We Play

As one of my last posts for the year, this week’s nugget of wisdom is HUGE. Chatting with my coach the other day, he told…

What Does It Mean to Trust the Process?

Trust me, I’m a doctor. We’ve all heard this phrase before and have possibly applied its essence to our work. In the game I play…

How Do You Prep for a Gig?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the difference between someone who plans on the run and another who strictly follows an agenda they developed…

The Collective Genius

Here’s another jewel of wisdom that landed with a thump last week from my executive coach… Isolation is a growth killer – it keeps you…

Should You Play Icebreaker Games Midway Through the Year?

Some years ago, the Partnership for 21st Century Education* conducted a meta-analysis of all of the research that had been published that focused on the…

Planning On The Run v Following A Plan

Are you the sort of leader who follows their gut and delivers what you think your group needs in the moment, or do you prefer…

Optopia v Perfect

The word ‘utopia’ conjures many things in many places. I know it’s been referred to occasionally in training workshops I have delivered over the years…

How To Create a Safe, Welcoming Environment

One of the most powerful things an educator can do to help their groups succeed is to create a safe, welcoming environment in which their…

Are Group Games & Activities Childish or Childlike?

At first glance, the words childlike and childish may look like they are saying the same thing. But they are not. Such is the power…

The Benefits of Inviting Groups To Step Closer To You

Have you noticed that it’s not until you ask a group to form a circle that you get a real sense of how large your…

8 Fun Ways To Get Your Group’s Attention without Losing Your Voice

This post is the fourth & final instalment of articles designed to help you effectively lead large group programs. What’s So Special About Large Groups?…

Essential Tips for Working with Large Groups: Part 2

This post is the third of four articles designed to help you effectively lead large group programs. What’s So Special About Large Groups? Essential Tips…

Essential Tips for Working with Large Groups: Part 1

This post is the second of four articles designed to help you effectively lead large group programs. What’s So Special About Large Groups? Essential Tips…

How To Work with Large Groups & Survive

This post is the first of four articles designed to help you effectively lead large group programs. What’s So Special About Large Groups? (this article)…

Using Play to Help People Connect & Grow

One of the most common questions I get from teachers, trainers, and other group leaders is: How do you do what you do? In other…

What Do You Do – In As Few Words As Possible?

It’s natural when you meet someone new for the first time to be curious about what they might do to fill their day, ie I…

Knowledge About v Knowledge Acquired

Last year, I was gifted an opportunity to participate in an 8-week online learning course delivered by the wonderful folks at the Institute for Experiential…

What To Do When an Activity or Challenge is Solved Too Quickly

One of the most important decisions we make as group facilitators is to know at what level to pitch the challenge of any particular activity…

How to Manage Your Group’s Expectations

A question I sometimes ask of a group in the context of an interactive get-to-know-you exercise is “What is your number one pet peeve?” You…

How to Set Successful Goals

Wow. Four weeks plus have already passed in 2023, and tomorrow is February. Were you among the millions of folks who set themselves one or…

How Was Your Break? Urghhh… How To Make Questions More Interesting

Hey folks, welcome to the new year. It’s great to be back in the writer’s chair after a couple of weeks off. So, how was…

Framing is Everything

A conversation that was sparked during a recent 1:1 live support session focused on the importance and value of framing our group’s experiences. In the…

Know Your Why

Many of you will be familiar with the work of Simon Sinek, leadership expert and TED Speaker. Indeed, it was his phenomenal TED Talk How…