A podcast about designing and facilitating learning experiences with host Beth Cougler Blom.

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How do you create workshops and courses that people really want to attend, where they’re highly engaged and actually learn something?

The answer is through facilitation.

Facilitators exist wherever learning happens. And great facilitation involves getting clear on what you’re doing with your groups, why you’re doing it, and how to do it with purpose and intention. Tap into this podcast, Facilitating on Purpose, as your go-to resource to becoming and being a better facilitator, wherever you work.

Join facilitator and learning designer Beth Cougler Blom and her guests to explore ideas about designing and facilitating learning. You’ll gain insights such as how to plan more effectively, build connection with participants, and include meaningful activities. 

New episodes published semi-monthly, on the second and fourth Wednesday of most months.

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Latest Episodes

Think Like a Facilitator – Episode 35

Think Like a Facilitator – Episode 35

In this solo episode, Beth Cougler Blom gives listeners a peek into the thought process behind effective facilitation. She discusses some of the key decisions and questions that guide her in managing time, scope, participant involvement, and her own engagement during...

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A Career in Facilitation – Episode 34

A Career in Facilitation – Episode 34

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with facilitator Barbara Pedersen about her 30-year career (so far!) and what she's learned along the way. Beth and Barbara also talk about: the phases and cycles of a facilitation career confidence, humility, and fear...

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Creating and Communicating Value – Episode 32

Creating and Communicating Value – Episode 32

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Matthew Rempel about how entrepreneurs who own facilitation-related businesses can create and communicate the value we bring to our clients in various ways. Beth and Matthew also talk about: finding our ideal clients...

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Perfecting Timing – Episode 31

Perfecting Timing – Episode 31

In this episode, host Beth Cougler Blom talks about timing considerations when planning and facilitating workshops. Beth explores: Cultural considerations related to time Using a lesson plan template to help with timing How learning outcomes help us make decisions...

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Game-Based Learning for Teams – Episode 30

Game-Based Learning for Teams – Episode 30

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Alexandra Suchman about game-based experiential learning and how games can be leveraged to support teams. Beth and Alexandra also talk about: what game-based experiential learning is the levels of depth we can accomplish...

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Expressing Ourselves Through Photography – Episode 29

Expressing Ourselves Through Photography – Episode 29

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Michele Mateus about owning who we are, putting ourselves 'out there', and expressing ourselves fully through portrait photography – whether we're facilitators of learning or anyone else who needs or wants to show up in...

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Mindsets of a Learning Entrepreneur – Episode 27

Mindsets of a Learning Entrepreneur – Episode 27

In this episode, host Beth Cougler Blom talks about some of the mindsets that she holds as an entrepreneur, leading a team who engages in learning design and facilitation work. Beth talks about abundance vs. competitive mindsets, navigating uncertainty, considerations...

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Tapping into the Mind and Body – Episode 26

Tapping into the Mind and Body – Episode 26

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Mirjam Leunissen about reconnecting to our bodies when working with groups to inspire emergent and serendipitous thinking. Beth and Mirjam also talk about: Playfulness and pushing people out of their comfort zones...

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