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

Bringing “Dry” Content to Life – Episode 11

Bringing “Dry” Content to Life – Episode 11

In this episode, Beth shares several recommendations about how to work with course content that you might, at first, consider dry or boring and make it come alive for your learners. It's not the content of our sessions that is naturally "dry" - it's how we approach it...

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Facilitating Connection – Episode 10

Facilitating Connection – Episode 10

In this episode, Beth chats with Jan Keck, an experience designer, facilitator, and trainer whose mission is to help people feel less alone. Jan shares with us some of the ways he intentionally helps people create deeper human connection through facilitation. Beth and...

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Training that Clicks – Episode 9

Training that Clicks – Episode 9

In this episode, Beth talks with guest Hannah Brown about her new book, Training that Clicks: Virtual Design Playbook, which is about designing and facilitating virtual learning. Hannah helps us remember to use technology to our advantage and think both about our...

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Being Lifelong Learners – Episode 8

Being Lifelong Learners – Episode 8

In this episode Beth talks with her parents, Ron and Elaine Cougler, and her brother, Kevin Cougler, about being lifelong learners and how that has presented itself in their family. Listen for ideas to take into your own life and relationships - with family, friends,...

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Learning How to Learn – Episode 7

Learning How to Learn – Episode 7

In this episode, Beth talks with guest Taruna Goel about the facilitator's role in helping participants become expert learners, and how facilitators can strive to become  expert learners themselves. Beth and Taruna also explore: Being strategic and taking more active...

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Learning From Our Mistakes – Episode 6

Learning From Our Mistakes – Episode 6

In this episode, Beth shares some mistakes that she has made recently in her facilitation practice and talks about what she's doing about them to keep learning in her work. Beth also explores the following: showing our humanity as facilitators using inclusive language...

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The Business Side of Facilitation – Episode 5

The Business Side of Facilitation – Episode 5

In this episode, Beth chats with guest Tara Jaskowiak from Groundwork about the business side of facilitation, focusing on planning and communications strategies that facilitators can use to support their success. This look behind the scenes will be valuable for...

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Facilitation is the New Coaching – Episode 4

Facilitation is the New Coaching – Episode 4

In this episode, Beth chats with Moe Poirier of Shift Facilitation about the importance of leaders learning facilitation skills and how the fields of coaching and facilitation are a lot alike. Beth and Moe also explore: the core mindsets and skillsets of facilitators...

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Inclusive Facilitation – Episode 3

Inclusive Facilitation – Episode 3

In this episode, Beth and guest Susana Guardado of Bright Light Ideas talk about how facilitators can create inclusive learning spaces and experiences in which people feel valued, respected, and accepted. They also explore: Listening to learners to be able to...

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What Does It Mean to Facilitate on Purpose? – Episode 2

What Does It Mean to Facilitate on Purpose? – Episode 2

In this episode, Beth shares why she chose the name of the podcast, Facilitating on Purpose. She talks about what that means and why we might want to facilitate learning with our groups on purpose, as well as some initial ideas of how to do that. Listen in to learn...

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