Dare to Facilitate! with Jenny Theolin

Workshops.Work · February 21, 2024

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Most of us live our lives in a natural, psychological state of comfort. It’s cushioned, it’s safe – it’s what we know. But what happens when we dare to seek out the unknown? When we raise our heads above the parapet of comfort?

Jenny Theolin dares to live her life in this space. As a facilitator, she braves the difficult questions, has a sixth sense for when to change course, and has curated a toolkit of techniques that intuitively challenge participants to yield the greatest impact. After all, it’s in the pivots, in the furrowed faces, in the zone of discomfort, that we grow. And the more we dare, the further we go!

She joins me in this episode as we explore the possibilities that unfurl when we test our perceived limits, the concept of innovation mashups, and why effective workshops are challenging, and dare I say, uncomfortable.

Find out about:

  • How to become more daring as a facilitator by seeking out experimentation
  • Where to find new inspiration, brave ideas, and facilitation techniques
  • Why workshops can fail when participants feel too comfortable – often, the best facilitators know how to explore discomfort in fruitful ways
  • Why adhering to rigid timelines, processes or schedules can stifle the organic, fluid nature of meaningful learning experiences
  • Why workshops can produce a ripple effect of value – the true benefits manifesting themselves to participants weeks, months, or even years later

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About Creator


The world is waking up to the power of facilitation. Whether it's hosting a workshop, holding better meetings, or leading happy and productive teams - we want to make collaboration easy and effective. Dr. Myriam Hadnes is the founder of NeverDoneBefore, a global online facilitation community and festival, and this is her podcast. 'workshops work' is 50% sandbox and 50% classroom, a safe space for anyone interested in facilitation to learn more about the craft. Each week, a professional facilitator, trainer, or coach joins Myriam to discuss their interests and experiences in the world of facilitation. The conversations are open, and honest, and make facilitation understandable and accessible to all.Get practical tips and advice from a raft of experts and uncover the magic ingredients that make workshops work. You can download a free 1-page summary of each episode on https://workshops.work/podcast

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