Tell ’em

WE ALL HAVE A STORY TO TELL, and our stories deserve to be told without fear of shame or embarrassment. It is exactly what it is: our story. I grew up believing that God can use our story for His glory. And I still believe that.

It is often through sharing our stories that we realise how similar we are, and through the sharing of stories that we find companionship.

What do you see as the most important attributes of an aspiring facilitator?

The ability to listen, to take a step back, to engage devoid of one’s own bias and to obtain a holistic overview of what is under discussion are in my mind the most important attributes of an aspiring facilitator.

What excites you about being a facilitator?

I am excited about the journey of self-discovery and self-mastery, and the prospects of impacting and imparting to others, thereby creating an enabling environment for change one session at a time.

What concerns you about facilitation?

I am concerned about the inherent tendency to want to defend a certain view as superior to that of others. Yet, views are meant to be challenged when necessary, unless they are rooted in principle issues.

Which values do you think are the most important to being an effective facilitator?

Respect, integrity, honesty (especially when necessary to acknowledge you don’t know the answer).

What behaviours do you think are most important for facilitation?

Caring, challenging, considerate, excitable, respectful, thoughtful.

What areas of your own growth will you work on during the programme?

Patience to accept that grouping people together bring with it different dynamics, an open mind to learn as much as I possibly can so that I can master myself.

What is your definition of success?

I have a somewhat philosophical view on success, which is informed by having suffered tremendous loss. I view success as the ability to play a good game with a bad set of cards.

How will you know that you are winning (measures of success)?

Despite my very philosophical view on success, I do believe that we each need to devise a bigger picture for our lives. That way we will know whether we are moving in the right direction. Sometimes life will deal us low blows that may cause some detours, but it is in finding our way back to our end goal that will ultimately cause us to succeed.

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