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Leanne Hughes from the First Time Facilitator blog reveals all of her group facilitation, training and workshop tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve the next time you step out in front of a group. Discover how you can tweak elements of your facilitation style, or incorporate new techniques to engage your audience and leave with lasting impact (and 5-star feedback). Icebreakers, leadership, group interaction, preparation, games, conflict, props, flip-charts, delivery, voice, body ...
 
Join the staff at High 5 as they explore the many components of Adventure and Experiential education. High 5 Adventure Learning Center is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to helping individuals, teams, schools, communities and businesses improve the way they live, learn and work together. Connect with us at high5adventure.org
 
Want to know how to drive sales and get more training, facilitation and coaching clients? Thinking of becoming a freelance consultant or starting your own facilitation business? Training Business ® is definitely the show for you. The Training Business podcast helps freelance trainers, training business owners, learning and development professionals, facilitators and coaches like you to start, grow and scale your business. Every Thursday you get expert tips to help you market your training, f ...
 
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In this episode of Technical Healing we welcome Hannah Wiltshire who is a volunteer at Suicide Prevention Bristol. Following on from the Technical Healing raffle to raise a donation for SPB, we reached out to the charity to find out more about their incredible work. Hannah was kind enough to join us to answer our questions. It was such a pleasure t…
 
Most small business owners don’t think of themselves as content producers but today’s guest Joe Pulizzi, author of the bestselling book Content Inc thinks that you should start thinking that way. Strategy is about knowing what people need to read, hear and think so they want to work you and buy from you. It doesn’t matter whether you are a coach, c…
 
This week we’re focusing on two of my favourite things, that I mention on this podcast over and over again (aren’t you lucky!): Unpredictability and Contrast. My guest today, Johnny Quinn from Audience Alive, epitomises both. This is a masterclass episode in how to do things differently in your workshops. I’m not saying that lightly either, literal…
 
When you are running an effectively facilitated remote learning experience, there is all the check-listing beforehand, the technology, the design, the logistics. Sure, you can do that yourself. But is it the most effective use of your time? You might have to look after screen-sharing, comments in the chatroom, polling, breakouts, reactions, late-co…
 
Vishwas Parchure, Director of the Experiential Leadership Institute in Pune India, discusses with Phil his first experiences with working in the outdoors, his thoughts on conditioning, conduct and consciousness and answers the question; can facilitation be taught? Watch his Ewald and Hahn Address from the 2020 International AEE conference - You can…
 
My guest today threw a crazy stat at me in this conversation: 99% of employees want feedback, however 75% of managers don’t like giving feedback. I feel like if you could talk about some of the challenges that are faced in organisations today, you could relate it back to this one statistic. Toady we’re talking about feedback and I’m joined by Beth …
 
Peter Carlin co-founded LogicEarth an e-learning company in the middle of a global recession over 10 years ago. It was a difficult time to launch an online education business but Peter saw a massive gap in the market. Working for BT (British Telecom), Peter asked realised that spending on classroom-based training was falling. He asked himself: ’Is …
 
Romy Alexandra joins Phil to discuss her introduction to the world of Experiential Learning and then shares clear explanations of both the Experiential Learning Cycle and the Experiential Learning Styles. You can get in touch and follow Romy at the following; LinkedIn - Romy Alexandra Instagram - @trainingbyromy FB - Romy Alexandra: Experiential Le…
 
Today, you’ll hear from a guest with tremendous presence (and a matching tremendous voice!). We all know stories are important, but what’s the best way of eliciting those stories from our workshop participants? My guest today is David Pullan, co-founder of The Story Spotters. In this conversation, David shares pragmatic details on questions and x-f…
 
This weeks episode has been taken over by Petra Klamova and Dayana Soroko. Dayana and Petra are students at the University of Bristol and are also members of the Bristol University Sustainability Team (BUST). BUST are dedicated to tackling sustainability issues through action and education in Bristol. Petra and Dayana are undertaking a project abou…
 
My mother was a teacher. The she became a trainer. She absolutely loved it! And both my grandfathers were teachers. So maybe there is something in my genes which I have inherited that makes me a good trainer and facilitator. One thing is for sure: teaching, training, facilitation are all closely interlinked. Teachers have learned to be great commun…
 
The Training team (Chris, Lisa, Rich and Phil) talk about the different forms of documentation Challenge Course professionals should be aware of, including; - Local Operating Procedures (LOPs) - Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - Inspection Reports - Challenge Course Portfolios This episode is supported by Sticker Mule - stickermule.com…
 
Ooh - how’s this for a first time? It’s the first time we’ve had an L&D detective on the show and he’s here to answer the #1 question that plays on all of our (and our clients’ minds): “How can we measure the results, and the ROI of our workshops?” Known in the global learning and development (L&D) community as “the L&D detective,” Kevin M. Yates a…
 
Patrick Sullivan joins Technical Healing to discuss his personal experiences of mental health and well-being, techniques that have helped him, and his involvement and commitment with Talk Club. Talk Club was created after one of our Founders, Ben Akers, lost his childhood best friend, Steve Yates, to suicide in 2014. Struggling to process his grief…
 
As a facilitator or learning designer, your stories connect you and your subject to your audience. They are about you but not for you according to today’s guest, Hadiya Nuriddin. Hadiya is a storytelling expert and speaks at national conferences on learning and development topics, specifically storytelling for facilitators and quality control & ass…
 
Your workshops are amazing: So amazing that you’ve been asked to share your expertise in a keynote presentation! How do you convert your interactive group content, to something that can be delivered from the stage in front of hundreds of people? That’s the topic I explore today, where I share actionable tips on how I prepare for a keynote speech. S…
 
Brian Miller is a magician turned author, speaker, and consultant on human connection. He works with organizations who believe everyone deserves to feel heard, understood, and valued. He also works with executives, thought leaders, and business owners to get “TED-Ready” in his high level speaking program Conquer the Red Dot. Brian’s TEDx talk “How …
 
Have you ever asked your audience how they rate your ability to listen to them? Are you conscious of your ability to listen critically? It’s tempting to do all the speaking as a trainer or facilitator, isn’t it? Often the best feedback I am given is not based upon something that’s come out of my mouth. It’s because I’ve created an environment where…
 
Energy is the most important thing when it comes to your workshops, and I discovered this nice and early when I geeked out on an energetic conversation with today’s guest, Dana James-Edwards. This is a #bestof episode - I spoke to Dana back in 2018, when she called herself “Dana the Trainer”. Through a series of pivots and discovering her passion, …
 
Professor Hugh Brady is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol. Will & Charlotte felt honoured to chat to Hugh and were fascinated by the story of his incredible career, having triplet boys, his scope and focus on driving the University forward, the relationship between the university and the city of Bristol, and the importa…
 
Leanne Hughes is a trainer and facilitator based Brisbane Australia She is also an experienced facilitator and host of the #first time facilitator podcast I’ve asked Leanne on the show today to share 7 things she’s learnt since starting her own training business and facilitation business. It’s a great chat! In today’s episode Why you don’t have to …
 
Wouldn't it be cool if you could say to your client: "We'll practise those skills at Sir Elton John's Oscars party!". Today's guest has done that :) Here's one of my #bestof episodes! I'm in deep work mode, working up a new program and busy attempting to pick my own brain. My guest today is Steve Sims and he runs the coolest workshops I’ve ever hea…
 
Wow! Professor Tim Wilson joins Technical Healing this week and what a privilege and absolute joy it was to speak to Tim. Speaking about reaching the final of The Circle (series 2), Tim describes his experiences being on a reality TV show, the negative impact it had on his career and mental health, and the lack of aftercare provided by all reality …
 
As trainers, coaches and facilitators, we do what we love to do! I have always thought of training as a privilege. Do you agree? You help people to be the best that they can be and you do this through your programs and workshops. But you don’t do it purely because you love it. You train and coach because it makes you money. It’s your business, righ…
 
Todd Brown (Director of Challenge Course Services, High 5) and Ian Doak (Assistant Director of Challenge Course Services, High 5) discuss with Phil the process of a new installation of a challenge course; - What our program design process looks like - How to budget for a new program - How to find the perfect location - Training considerations when …
 
You’ll often hear how facilitation is used in the context of workshops and meetings on this podcast. However, today’s guest, demonstrates how it’s an incredibly handy skill for life in general, to. In fact, she used the tool of facilitation alone to build an entire Learning and Development department at the company she worked at. She’s a tremendous…
 
Leanne Matthews delivers an important message about the need to be positive about sex, the lack of quality in sex education in schools, and much much more. It was an eye opening talk from a confident and intellectual guest. Here's how Leanne describes who she is and what she does... "I am passionate about inclusive and honest Sex Education that doe…
 
How is your remote training / facilitation going? What are the guidelines or ‘rules’ to move it from standard training to really radical learning? @Joshua Davies is today’s guest and he’s written a book on the subject called Radically Remote. The timing is perfect, now that we as facilitators are delivering workshops from behind laptops, desktops a…
 
Here’s the scenario: You’re working with some new clients, and they haven’t used Zoom before. You pull together some slides, videos and helpful pointers and send them these beforehand. During the session, you dedicate the first few minutes to sharing features, and getting them to feel comfortable using Zoom. You’re happy with what you’ve created bu…
 
This week on Technical Healing we take a Psychological view at mental health and well-being. Sarah Jelbert is a teaching associate, in the School of Psychological Sciences, at the University of Bristol. Sarah describes a Psychology unit that she teaches called the Science of Happiness and emphasises the impact being kind to others can have on our p…
 
Do you every draw when facilitating OR maybe you get your delegates to draw ? How are your artistic skills? My drawing skills are not the greatest but that’s no excuse not to draw. As qualified facilitators, we know that adults need visual information to learn. infographics, charts, mindmaps, sticky notes, wordclouds: these are all visual tools. Yo…
 
Phil chats with fellow facilitator and podcaster Leanne Hughes about how she began in facilitation, her advice for emerging professionals and how we describe the work we do; Facilitator vs Trainer vs Educator. Find Leanne's podcast by searching First Time Facilitator and find more information about her work on her website: www.leannehughes.com…
 
“It’s mandatory” - I hear those words, and I involuntarily shudder. Is that what we want our participants feeling before they arrive to our workshops? No! We really can’t control whether someone decides to come along to our workshop, or not, however we can absolutely do our best to influence whether someone wants to come along, and how they feel ab…
 
Amy-Leigh is an alumni student of the University of Bristol. Graduating with a degree in Politics & Sociology, and now working for the British Exploring Society, Amy-Leigh is a true UoB success story. Amy-Leigh speaks very honestly about her personal experiences with mental health and explains the techniques and mechanisms she uses. It was a pleasu…
 
Businesses now have different expectations of training delivery. Before the pandemic, your clients were happy to pay you to spend a day or a half-day on site with their people, right? But you now have to deliver a training and facilitation experience under a completely different set of circumstances. You and everyone else is behind a laptop screen …
 
When did I realise I loved talking about group dynamics? When I was 16, at a netball camp, we did a team-building high ropes course together. Btw - I hate high ropes, but I loved the debriefing part afterwards! The reason I share this, is because this week’s guest Phil Brown works for an adventure company called High 5 Adventure, and he joined the …
 
This weeks guest is Kev Brady. Charlie and Will are fascinated by the stories that Kev tells about his unbelievable and extreme adventures. Kev also explains the importance of stripping back life to the basics, getting outside with nature, as a tool to distract from the anxieties of the modern life and improve well-being.…
 
You are a faciliator. You are a coach. You are a trainer. You are an expert and you know your subject. But do you design your own content? Your workshops? Your programs? Can you design your own content? Can you come up with ideas on your own? Do you need help to translate them into a product you can sell? A lot of us don’t find it easy to come up w…
 
Todd Brown (Director of Challenge Course Services, High 5) and Ian Doak (Assistant Director of Challenge Course Services, High 5) discuss with Phil the process of an inspection of your challenge course; how to prepare for the inspection, what to expect on the day, and some best practices/pitfalls our inspectors have seen. Learn more about our inspe…
 
Things that are easier said than done: “Just be yourself!” Why is this so hard? Here are a couple of reasons: It’s sometimes hard to see the label when we’re inside the bottle and this creates so We’re scared to share who we really are with the world, in case we get rejected... My guest this week, Leslie Ehm helps people discover their uniqueness a…
 
For a long time, I have meant to have a guest on to talk about values. Not just personal values but professional values. What are your business and personal values? How did you discover them? Why do they matter and why should you share them? You might wonder what your values to do with your business. The answer is that they matter a lot actually To…
 
Do you rely on your colleagues to provides input and decisions to move a project forward? Do you find that you're constantly chasing people to get things done, and finding it hard to build relationships because you can't catch up with people in person? Then, this episode is for you. When we used to do things face to face, and I had to chase a colle…
 
Charlie Tanner shares his personal story. He expresses his love for Bristol as a city and explains his personal journey to becoming a senior technician at the University of Bristol. Charlie also gives his own opinions and guidance on maintaining healthy mental health and well-being. Hopefully, Charlie's positive enthusiasm, and overall holistic app…
 
According to Gartner only 17% of buyers’ time is spent speaking directly with suppliers. What this means is that the people who buy training, coaching and facilitation do so when you are not there. What they really want is to learn from people who are in the same job as them or the same industry as them. They want to learn from their peers, from in…
 
Phil is joined by his hometown connection Andrew Jillings to talk about his journey in experiential education, the benefits of both experience and certifications, and his winter reading list. Find out more about Hamilton College's Outdoor Leadership Program here: hamilton.edu/offices/adventureBy High 5 Adventure Learning Center
 
Digital transformation is so hot right now! And isn’t it amazing that my guest today suggests that our superpower of facilitation can help create this transformation in organisations?! Mike Knapp believes there is a better way for business owners and leaders to build their businesses and achieve their big goals. In this conversation, he shares how …
 
Have you plans for your business this year? Are they still in your head or have you written them down? Have you a list of goals and a clear idea of how you are going to achieve them? You need a system to decide your revenue goals, marketing goals, development goals and relationship goals. Annie Clarke of Annies Training Company in the UK has a syst…
 
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