Published: August 23, 2016   Updated: September 16, 2016

A live interview (recorded May 9th, 2016) with higher ed professional, NOLS instructor, and wilderness educator Eric Boggs. In this interview, Eric shares practical insights into large facilitation concepts (debriefing, reading your group, learning objectives) and gets into what other facilitators can learn from experiential educators. Hosted by Meg Bolger and Sam Killermann of FacilitatingXYZ.

Find out more about Eric on his website and connect with him on twitter @boggs_e.

Conversation Index

Eric intro! 
What is experiential learning
Managing risk in the field (physical/social/emotional)
What experiential educators do well that others can incorporate
Teaching adaptability
Framing an experience to plan for the unexpected
You can pick your challenge
How do you handle pushback around learning outcomes
The importance/skills of debrief
How to pause and regroup when somethings not going well
How to read a group
What’s more important to have a good experience or to say they learned a lot
Advice for facilitators who are uncomfortable with discomfort
What are you still working on as a facilitator
How do you appreciate diff styles of facilitation
Strengths finder for facilitation capacity building
How facilitation can change the world

Rapid fire questions

If everyone had to follow one ground rule what would it be? 
Three words to describe facilitation
What is something you still need to be reminded of as a facilitator?
What stresses you out as a facilitator?
What is the facilitation advice you’d give your 5-year-ago-self?
What is a unique place you have facilitated? 
What is a non-facilitation related experience every facilitator should have? 
What book do you recommend most to other people? 

Referenced Content

This is water commencement speech by David Foster Wallace
The shadow side of strengths (weakness of strengths)
Books recommendation: The War of Art


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Written by FacilitatingXYZ Team

This is the account that the FacilitatingXYZ team uses. FacXYZ is co-facilitated by Meg and Sam, and brings in expertise, knowledge, and lived experience from facilitators far and wide. Read more about us here.

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