1. Training. I need to get my participants from A – B and I have the answers (it is MY system after all).
2. Facilitating. The facilitator stands inside the gap between A – B and you bring activities and resources to lead your participants to B. You don’t even pretend to have the answers.
There’re parts of my course when I’m facilitating and other parts where it’s full-on training.
When we are designing a client’s home or giving advice, most of the time we are actually facilitating. There are times when we have “the answer,” 2 + 2 = 4. For example, “Is gray the best colour for an undecorated room?” No. And other times when it’s a process, an exploration to get to what works for you in your house, for your style of home and it’s different for everyone.
A facilitator [designer] creates a safe and comfortable space for that discovery.
And one thing I’ve noticed in my years of leading workshops is that as designers we really need to learn early on to trust our intuition when giving advice to our clients. If we give our clients exactly what they are asking for then we should be fired. Just like I mentioned in this post. So I’m looking at more ways to create “aha” moments in my workshop around our intuition.
This afternoon we were talking about Appreciative Inquiry. People use fixing to problem solve — they look at what’s wrong and then put in a fix. Appreciate Inquiry looks at what’s great, what’s working, and then from there you create newly.
One of the participants in the workshop gave the best analogy to explain it further. Would you ever go into a grocery store with a list of everything you don’t want? Of course not.
This just gave me a whole new way of looking at the good and the bad in my life too. Why focus on the bad? It’s the same thing.
Be legendary. I think I’ll hang onto that mantra for a while, it’s so happy!
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