Published: May 2, 2017   Updated: May 2, 2017

Some of the team of FacilitatingXYZ got together to have a chat about a challenging, nuanced, and sometimes contentious topic: self-disclosure in facilitation.

Exploring the topic, we came up with some suggested rules for ensuring your self-disclosure is helpful and productive to your facilitation. Check out those seven rules below and much more in our show index!

Show Index

Why we’re talking about self-disclosure.
What does the phrase “self-disclosure” mean to you?
What risks are there when self-disclosing in different facilitation settings?
What factors do you take into account when deciding whether or not to self-disclose?
How do you set your boundaries when you do decide to self-disclose?
Self-disclosure rule #1 – Don’t disclose anything for the first time in front of a group.
What is a time when self-disclosure went well?
How do we respond to being asked questions that are “too personal”?
Self-Disclosure Rule #2 – Prepare in advance (What questions are you willing to answer? What anecdotes are you willing to share?)
Self-Disclosure Rule #3 – Work through your “ish” first. 
Self-Disclosure Rule #4 – Set expectations upfront. 
Self-Disclosure Rule #5 – You participants will follow your example. 
Self-Disclosure Rule #6 – Run you self-disclosures by someone you respect. 
Self-Disclosure Rule #7 – Don’t let your participants feel like Oprah!
Final thoughts. 

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