Managing Yourself

One That Went Well: Best Practices for Mixed/Virtual Meetings

By Michael Barrett | April 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

 In this video you’ll learn how you can apply six best practices of a Certified Master FacilitatorTM for your next mixed/virtual workshop 

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The Importance of Joining a Facilitation Organization

By Michael Barrett | March 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

In this video, learn three reasons why YOU should join an association of your facilitation peers.

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The Power of Visuals in your Workshops

By Michael Barrett | December 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Learn why posting content on the walls is such a powerful tool for your workshop.

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Essential Skills for Facilitators

By Michael Barrett | November 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Learn why Questioning, Listening and Neutrality are absolutely essential skills for workshop facilitators.


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Be Present

By Michael Barrett | October 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Learn why and how “being present” is THE difference between good facilitators and GREAT facilitators.

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The differences between facilitation and training

By Michael Barrett | September 23, 2018 | 2 Comments

Learn the subtle and significant differences between facilitation and a training from someone who does both.


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Why Non-Verbals Matter

By Michael Barrett | May 18, 2018 | 2 Comments

As a workshop facilitator, what you DON’T say can be much more important than what you DO. Learn why and how to manage your non-verbal communications in this video.


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The Power of Commitment Over Content

By Michael Barrett | January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a facilitator, if you’re focused on how right your participants are, you are focused on the wrong thing. In this video, learn what you should focus on instead.  


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The Power of Intention

By Michael Barrett | November 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

See how a lesson from my massage therapy experience can fundamentally change the workshops you facilitate.


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Are you a facilitator or a consultant?

By Michael Barrett | October 5, 2016 | 14 Comments

Many people who lead meetings don’t recognize the critical distinction between facilitating and consulting. Let me share how to recognize if you’ve crossed the line from facilitator to consultant, and what the consequences might be.


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Watch The Water, Not The Rocks

By Michael Barrett | October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

On a recent “old guys reunion” boating trip, I was reminded of a lesson I learned years ago. As a novice kayaker facing a new set of rapids, I would focus on all the obstacles in the path: the big rocks, the “keeper” rapids, the tree branch lodged in the middle of the river. As I started into the flow, I would keep all these dangers in sight, so I could be sure to avoid them. Invariably, I’d wind up on, in, or under the very things I was trying to avoid.

One day, as I desperately tried to keep from bouncing off rocks and getting sucked under water, I saw a veteran kayaking friend easily surfing every wave, and even hamming it up to the crowd lined up along the banks of the river. When we met up at the bottom of the run, I asked with humility, “how in the world can you do that?”

His answer: “Once you know where the dangers are, watch the water, not the rocks”.

This concept was and is profound, and one I continue to use often in business:

– You move toward what you see and what you see is a function of what you choose to look at. 
– If you focus on the obstacles in your way, you will go toward them. 
– If you focus instead on the water flowing between the rocks, you hold your line and not only survive, but even enjoy the run.

Make no mistake. Then as now, the dangers ahead are very real; the obstacles in front of us are enormous; the margins for error are small. If you find yourself facing a set of business rapids you’ve never run (and who among us has ever run THIS river before?) consider his advice.

Now more than ever, it’s time to focus on the water, not the rocks.

If you know others for whom this might resonate, feel free to pass it along. If you’d like to chat about how to successfully navigate your course, we would love to help. Contact us today >> 

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