The Essence of Play, A Masterful Art: Podcast

Here’s an invitation to lean into a recent conversation I had with Douglas Ferguson, host of the Control the Room podcast, in which we discussed the essence of play as being a masterful art.

If you’re interested in the development of temporary communities to foster trust, the deliberate/strategic approach of connecting before content, and the ongoing virtual facilitation challenge towards engagement – this will be time well spent.

Click the link below to listen to this fascinating interview.


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Here’s a brief glimpse of the transcript in which I reference my transformation during a youth leadership camp…

“… I made a career of using interactive group games & activities probably based on the fact that there was one particular youth leadership camp I went on that extended over 4 days that – like night & day or chalk & cheese – just transformed me. Again, I didn’t know this at the time, but I look back & understand the facilitation of those group games is what caused the transformation. For me, it harks back to that. Now, with over 30 years experience in the field & having run many summer camps around the world, all of those give me the body of work I rely on today…”


Noted Conversation Highlights


To make it easy, here are a few added highlights in the conversation with timestamps:

  • [01:00] Mark’s Career Breakthrough in Games
  • [05:04] Creating the Temporary Community
  • [10:51] The Intentional, Unofficial Start Trick
  • [13:27] Connect Before Content
  • [17:56] The Facilitation Virtual Challenge
  • [28:50] Are They Ready to Play?
  • [35:46] FUNN & Mark’s Final Thoughts – and FREE offers.


With thanks to Douglas for inviting me to share his platform for a short while.

I hope you take away some useful ideas from this episode.


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