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Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation Paperback – January 28, 2016
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"Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation is more than just another book on group dynamics or interpersonal skills. There are no wasted pages; and yet, as packed full of valuable information as it is, it manages to feel less like a manual and more like a personal conversation with two people who are clearly both knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about the topic.
With no shortage of memorable analogies and helpful examples, the book is written with refreshing wit, humor, empathy and a compelling voice.
Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation is sure to provide new and seasoned facilitators alike with a good dose of inspiration, focus and solid know-how, along with renewed enthusiasm for facilitation and its endless potential to bring about positive change."--Erik Tyler, Mentor, Speaker, Facilitator and Author of The Best Advice So Far
About the Author
Sam Killermann is a comedian and social justice facilitator who got his start in university orientation and first-year programs. His primary role in life now is as Director of Creativity for hues, a global justice collective, in which he writes, performs, speaks, and makes things. Sam is the co-creator of TheSafeZoneProject.com, where his favorite way to spend time is training facilitators, and he’s the author of A Guide to Gender, which opened as a best-seller in gender on Amazon. Sam earned his bachelor’s from Purdue and master’s from Bowling Green, and enjoys riding his bicycle around sunny Austin, TX, where he counts himself lucky to live.
Meg Bolger is an social entrepreneur and facilitator passionate about the process of engaging in social justice work. She founded Pride for All, an organization that creates projects and services focused on sparking social justice conversations. She's the co-creator of TheSafeZoneProject.com, where she enjoys helping folks create sustainable gender and sexuality education programs. Meg graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. and Bowling Green State University with a M.A. She enjoys flying around the U.S. to helping schools and organizations develop facilitators, all while getting asked if she's old enough to sit in the exit row.
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Top Customer Reviews
Initial Thoughts: I love Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation, and plan to use it as I mentor and coach student and staff facilitators moving forward.
Utility: I used the back page to keep a running list of ideas of how exactly I can use this book in my work. These include: Facilitation Magic mini-workshop series for my facilitation team, our first facilitator book club book, a new curriculum development building workshop, and a "Leading with Love" workshop incorporating Facilitation Magic and bell hooks' All About Love, among other ideas.
Most Appreciated: Sam and Meg's honesty and vulnerability throughout the writing process is palpable and incredibly refreshing. The book itself is an inspirational social justice praxis project. Just check out the four ways you can access the content, and the intentional use of pronouns! I also feel strongly that Facilitation Magic is an excellent beginner's guide to incorporating social justice concepts into a facilitation style while not attempting to be a comprehensive guide to social justice or facilitation.
Inspiration: Sam and Meg clearly take a lot of their inspiration from Brene Brown, and any fans of her work will see the influence throughout Facilitation Magic. Kathy Obear's work on navigating triggers is also highlighted in chapter 9, and in my view her work is distilled and easily digestible in this book.Read more ›
Other concepts were new to me, particularly the "roundabout" of strategies to step away from the triggering event cycle and the discussion of ways to question more effectively. These practices are definitely ones I will be incorporating into my work with facilitation, but also my one-on-one interactions with students.
Overall, this book was a useful and fun read that achieved its goals: not to be a comprehensive resource, but a valuable set of tools and tips that are accessible to any facilitator looking to improve their skills.
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I have been a fan of this author for years. I have used their teachings to guide others, as it has guided me. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Grant F. Pike
This book is a pleasure to read. Written with insight, a lot of practical knowledge and generous dose of humor. The two authors are both passionate and grounded. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Richard Cone
A much needed text in the field of professional facilitators! Accessible, short easy read! I am thrilled to have a new resource with the college students I teach.Published 1 month ago by T Flippo
This guide is not only for learning how to facilitate but it helps you find out what your strengths and weaknesses are when developing your plans or lessons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. G. Kirouac
In this book, Killermann and Bolger have, as usual, provided an extraordinarily useful and practical tool. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen Rayne
I really enjoyed reading this book. While I'm not a full time facilitator, I am a manager at work - and this book definitely taught me some things I can do to ensure my staff are... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a student affairs professional that facilitates several times per week, I found this an essential resource for my professional bookshelf! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an incredibly accessible and helpful guide to facilitation. Meg and Sam balance big ideas with specific anecdotes, so readers can bring their knowledge to all types of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a current graduate student in higher education, this book helped me to organize many of my thoughts around the nuances of facilitation and how to improve group settings both... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Chelsea Greco