Facilitating XYZ interview with Mark Collard

Interview with Mark CollardPosted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by

Fun, Play & Expert Facilitation Tips

Back in May 2017 I was interviewed by Meg and Sam at Facilitating XYZ. Super fun, and the 2 hours flew by. The live recorded interview with Mark Collard is now available online.

Now, two hours is a long time to sit and watch / listen anything (but totally worth it in this case.) You also have options to drop directly into my responses to many of Meg and Sam’s questions.

Click this link to visit the Facilitating XYZ interview.

Facilitating XYZ interview with Mark Collard


Here is the Show Index to know what you can expect to learn (hyperlinks available on XYZ interview🙂

  • Who is Mark Collard?
  • How did Mark first come to facilitation?
  • How have the populations Mark works with changed over the years?
  • What has Mark’s transition been like from doing “direct service” to doing more “training the trainer”?
  • How does Mark explain what he does to his friends and family?
  • What led to Mark facilitating in China and what was that experience like?
  • What are some things Mark learned from facilitating with a translator and working in a different culture?
  • How simply asking for a volunteer can tell you A LOT about a group.
  • When Mark is working internationally, how does he adjust how he reads and approaches a group?
  • What are the ways that Mark starts a program that positions a group to have fun and play?
  • What are some of the games or activities Mark offers during his “unofficial start”?
  • How does Mark connect these warm up activities during the “unofficial start” to the learning objectives?
  • What characteristics help an experience effectively break the ice?
  • How does Mark transition the group from having fun into a serious topics?
  • How does Mark introduce himself at the beginning of a workshop?
  • Is there such a thing as too much fun?
  • What makes an activity non-threatening?
  • What makes something an ineffective ice-breaker?
  • If you’re doing a presentation that isn’t interactive, should you still do an ice-breaker?
  • How does Mark approach training-of-trainers differently?
  • What resistance does Mark experience with clients?
  • How do you navigate power dynamics in groups and having to address social justice topics in the moment?
  • How would you help someone who feels like power dynamics aren’t their job to know it is part of their job?
  • Why would you encourage social justice educators (or any facilitator) who doesn’t use experiential education, to consider it?
  • What has Mark learned about facilitation through playmeo?
  • Mark shares a powerful story about playing and fun and playmeo’s ripple effect.


Rapid Fire Questions

  • Three words for facilitation
  • One ground rule for the entire world that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
  • What do you still need to be reminded of as a facilitator?
  • What do you do right before a facilitation and right after?
  • What is a piece of facilitation advice for your 5-years-ago-self?
  • What stresses you out as a facilitator and how do you handle that stress?
  • What’s a unique place that you’ve facilitated?
  • What’s a non-facilitation related experience every facilitator should have?
  • What books do you recommend most to others?
  • Online resource recommendations.
  • Piece of advice for everyone listening.

Written by Mark Collard

I'm an experiential trainer, keynote speaker & author of three best-selling books. As the founder and director of playmeo, I help experiential educators & group leaders create remarkably fun programs that engage people, build relationships & make a difference in the lives and performance of the people they work with.

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