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

Embracing AI in Learning – Episode 40

Embracing AI in Learning – Episode 40

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Margie Meacham about artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications in learning and development. Margie discusses her ongoing journey with AI, sharing valuable insights on how to effectively leverage it to enhance...

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How To Keep Learning In Our Field – Episode 39

How To Keep Learning In Our Field – Episode 39

In this solo episode, Beth Cougler Blom shares some of her approach to maintaining a learning organization at her learning design and facilitation services company. She also highlights sources for how we can all keep learning in our field, giving examples of...

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Break Out of Conventional Thinking – Episode 38

Break Out of Conventional Thinking – Episode 38

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Kerri Price about the art of creative facilitation and why it's so important for facilitators to push ourselves and our groups to think differently. Beth and Kerri also discuss: techniques we can use while designing to be...

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Facilitate Like an Anthropologist – Episode 37

Facilitate Like an Anthropologist – Episode 37

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Dr. Monty Badami about how we can use an anthropological lens in facilitation to engage in collective sense-making. If we can think like anthropologists, we will have access to the most valuable resource in understanding...

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The State of Facilitation 2024 Report – Episode 36

The State of Facilitation 2024 Report – Episode 36

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Deborah Rim Moiso, the editor of SessionLab's State of Facilitation 2024 Report, about data and insights gleaned from the report and what it might mean for facilitators worldwide. Engage with Deborah Rim Moiso and...

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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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