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

Pronouncing Participants’ Names – Episode 21

Pronouncing Participants’ Names – Episode 21

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Mary Houle and Sarra Ismail about the importance of pronouncing people's names correctly, how to learn how to do it respectfully, and why it's related to inclusive facilitation practices. Beth, Sarra and Mary also talk...

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Improv in Facilitation – Episode 20

Improv in Facilitation – Episode 20

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Brett Macdonald about learning and using improv skills and techniques in facilitation, and how they may be more available to people who work with groups than we originally might think. Beth and Brett also talk about: The...

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Choosing Activities – Episode 19

Choosing Activities – Episode 19

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks about some of the things we should think about when we design activities into our workshops and courses. Beth explores concepts such as using learning outcomes to guide activity choice, designing authentic activities, offering...

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Unhurried Facilitation – Episode 18

Unhurried Facilitation – Episode 18

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Johnnie Moore about his book, Unhurried at Work, and how we as facilitators can embrace unhurried conversations and practices. While working this way isn't always easy, it may just be what we need in the world right now....

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Reaching Inward and Outward as Facilitators – Episode 17

Reaching Inward and Outward as Facilitators – Episode 17

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Kirsty Lewis about how we facilitators need to do our own inner and outer work to be able to take care of and invest in ourselves as well as serve our clients. Beth and Kirsty also discuss: finding people to help us at...

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Exploring Elasticity in Facilitation – Episode 16

Exploring Elasticity in Facilitation – Episode 16

In this episode, Beth talks with Rebecca Sutherns about her book, ELASTIC: Stretch Without Snapping or Snapping Back, and how its insights can apply to facilitators and their groups. Rebecca uses the metaphor of a rubber band to explain how people can try to find the...

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Dealing with Self-Doubt – Episode 15

Dealing with Self-Doubt – Episode 15

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks about some of the ways we might experience self-doubt as designers and facilitators of learning and what to do about it. She reveals some of the ways self-doubt has crept up for her and shares some of the things she thinks...

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Connection Before Content – Episode 14

Connection Before Content – Episode 14

In this episode, Beth talks with Chad Littlefield about designing group experiences for contribution, not just consumption. They explore Chad's concept of "connection before content" and how to do that particularly at the starts and ends of meetings or learning...

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Experimenting with Experiential Learning – Episode 13

Experimenting with Experiential Learning – Episode 13

In this episode, Beth and facilitator Romy Alexandra explore the topic of experiential learning. But they don't just talk about experiential learning, they actually do it! Romy and Beth each facilitate the other through several sense-based activities, then reflect on...

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Stuttering and Facilitation – Episode 12

Stuttering and Facilitation – Episode 12

In this episode, Beth chats with Maya Chupkov of the Proud Stutter podcast about facilitators who stutter. They talk about how groups might perceive stuttering and what to do about that, strategies that facilitators who stutter might use when working with groups, and...

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