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

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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Understanding Our Brains – Episode 25

Understanding Our Brains – Episode 25

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Dr. Marcia Goddard about how our brains work and some of the things that can happen with our brains - as facilitators or participants - in learning environments. Beth and Marcia also talk about: creating psychological...

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Maintaining Well-Being – Episode 24

Maintaining Well-Being – Episode 24

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Neelu Kaur about how we can maintain our well-being and prevent burnout, particularly as people who do facilitation work. Beth and Neelu also talk about: Mental health, self-advocacy, and cultural identity, particularly...

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Building Community Online – Episode 23

Building Community Online – Episode 23

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks about how to build online communities when facilitating in the virtual mode. She discusses the importance of understanding our own values and beliefs as facilitators, knowing our participants, and the need to define the purpose...

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Music as a Facilitation Tool – Episode 22

Music as a Facilitation Tool – Episode 22

In this episode, Beth Cougler Blom talks with Julias Alego about how music has been a part of his life in Kenya so far, and how he uses it in his facilitation work. Beth and Julias also talk about: Considerations around choosing music for a facilitated event Potential...

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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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