Section 1 introduces you to the basics that every facilitator should know (regardless of your audience, from kids in the woods to mid-level managers, we got you covered. Have you ever noticed how time magically flies by when you’re in the hands of a great facilitator? Sections 2 and 3 are a manual to help you unlock that magic. And Section 4 teaches you how to infuse yourself into all of it.
The book is written from a social justice perspective — meaning it’s accessible, inclusive, and intentional — by two educators who want you to benefit from their thousands of hours facilitating tough conversations. While nothing will replace practice, this book will catalyze the learning process.
Instead of feeling like you’ve been tasked with navigating to a hidden destination without a map, thrown into white water rapids with no raft, or on your own surrounded by judging-eyed strangers —this book is your map, your raft, and your ally. And it’s fun. Because truly, so is facilitation.
Like a comedian reads their audience, anticipate what your group is wanting, thinking, feeling & then challenge them in just the ways they need.
Understanding and working intentionally through the power dynamics in any interpersonal situation is tough, but pretending they don't exist is tougher.
And other important (but often conflated) differences like Facilitation vs. Teaching vs. Lecturing; Both/And vs. But; Acknowledging vs. Tokenizing; and more.
With the right understanding of a group and a few powerful questions in your back pocket, you can accomplish all the learning you need without ever ending a sentence with a period.
What happens when someone rejects every attempt at progress? Or if one member of a group attacks another? We'll confront and overcome many facilitators greatest fears.
All of the tricks you need — the theoretical understanding, the practical application, and the resources and tools — to put on a great show, without pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
The things every facilitator needs to know — viewing training through a socially just lens — that form the foundation for the concepts introduced and explained in the rest of the book.
Learning to appreciate facilitation as a nuanced skill, bringing into focus the many facets often invisible to the untrained eye, in order to engage rooms of people in transformational experiences.
Everything it takes to create the best possible conditions for a powerful learning experience — from the time leading up to the training, through the training itself, into reflecting and improving after.
Moving from seeing the path to powerful facilitation, to recognizing the best way to walk it is in your own two shoes; rising to the challenge of embracing — not hiding — your personality, your identities, and your lived experience.
★★★★★ This book should be in every school and every library
This book is just brilliant, it doesn't get nearly enough attention or appreciation! The way it's written is so easy to follow and fun to read with the perfect ratio of humour/seriousness and comics/text. A must-have for any social justice advocate.
★★★★★ Spot on!
Looking for the right book to explain or understand gender identity, gender expression, and gender orientation from a social justice perspective, with a touch of humor, then you've chosen the right book.
★★★★★ Amazing Book
This book was the sum of all the genius I already knew Sam Killermann to be, compounded into one magical, myth-busting, magnificent, marvelous novel that I'm glad have the opportunity to read over and over again. Thank you Sam for your contributions to the quest for advocating social justice and your explanations (and doodles) that make this book informative, informational, and down-right fun to read.