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Leanne Hughes from the First Time Facilitator blog reveals all of her group facilitation, training and workshop tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve the next time you step out in front of a group.Discover how you can tweak elements of your facilitation style, or incorporate new techniques to engage your audience and leave with lasting impact (and 5-star feedback). Icebreakers, leadership, group interaction, preparation, games, conflict, props, flip-charts, delivery, voice, body language, confidence, discussions and everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to deliver and connect with your audience, every single time.

First Time Facilitator Leanne Hughes

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Leanne Hughes from the First Time Facilitator blog reveals all of her group facilitation, training and workshop tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve the next time you step out in front of a group.Discover how you can tweak elements of your facilitation style, or incorporate new techniques to engage your audience and leave with lasting impact (and 5-star feedback). Icebreakers, leadership, group interaction, preparation, games, conflict, props, flip-charts, delivery, voice, body language, confidence, discussions and everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to deliver and connect with your audience, every single time.

    How Prina landed a 6 month dream gig using the Booked Out Facilitator framework (Episode 178)

    How Prina landed a 6 month dream gig using the Booked Out Facilitator framework (Episode 178)

    What if landing a DREAM gig was a joyful experience?

    If you have your own training and facilitation business, or dreams of starting one up while you just try to survive your corporate job, today's bonus episode will provide a ton of inspiration for you.

    Prina Shah was brave to sign up for my little experiment, seeing if I could help others land more workshop engagements, using my Booked Out Facilitator framework.

    She used the tips in Module 3 to land a variety of AMAZING gigs, and you'll get to hear how she did that in this episode!

    If you'd like to be part of the first Booked Out Facilitator LIVE program, doors close on Monday 21 June. Find out more and watch my free masterclass replay over at https://www.bookedoutfacilitator.com .

    Reach out to Prina Shah, she's awesome! You can find her on LinkedIn, Instagram, or her website.
    Booked Out Facilitator - free masterclass available til 21 June. Check it out at https://www.bookedoutfacilitator.com !
    Support the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)

    • 21 min
    How to test the emotional temperature of your invisible audience with Nikki Bush (Episode 177)

    How to test the emotional temperature of your invisible audience with Nikki Bush (Episode 177)

    Is it possible to test the emotional temperature of your virtual/workshop group?  Today’s guest share her ideas, and fun ways of reinvigorating her virtual sessions. She’s an absolute rockstar and I cant wait to share her facilitation story and experiences on today’s episode.
    I met Nikki Bush when I was lucky enough to present a workshop for the Professional Speakers Association of South Africa (Jo’burg Chapter) a couple of months ago. We got along so well (thanks for the intro, Yoke!). I love Nikki's enthusiasm, resilience, presence, wisdom and her energy which you’ll pick up in today’s episode for sure.
    About today’s guest: Nikki Bush
    Human Potential and Parenting Expert, Nikki Bush from https://nikkibush.com/   empowers individuals, families and teams in business and education to win at work, home and life. She has the knack of putting difficult, complex and sensitive topics on the table (ones we often prefer to avoid), and making them accessible, such as disruption, future-proofing, dealing with loss and adversity, team dynamics, self-leadership, parenting and more. 
    Nikki’s book on disruption, Future-proof Yourself (Penguin Random House) hits the shelves in July 2021.
    (Comment from Leanne - I have a version of this book and the actionable tips across all aspects of work and life are spot on!)
    Nikki has also has co-authored four best-selling parenting books with major publishers, including, Future-proof Your Child for the 2020s and Beyond, Tech-Savvy Parenting and Easy Answers to Awkward Questions . She has fielded almost 3 000 media interviews in the past 15 years. You may have seen or heard her on her weekly slots on Radio 702 and SABC3’s Expresso among many others.
    Nikki always speaks with energy, passion, self-deprecating humour and a disarming honesty and vulnerability. She packs a powerful sound bite whether from the stage or the 18 different virtual conferencing platforms she has experience with. Your audience will be left with valuable insights and practical solutions to help them to win at work and life. 
    Nikki is a founding member of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA), holds the international Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, and was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame in 2019 – the first woman in South Africa to ever receive it. She was the 2020/21 President of the Johannesburg Chapter of the PSASA.
    For more information and a full length bio, visit Nikki’s website. 
    In this episode you will learn how to:
    Use the drivers of human nature to enhance your workshop experiencesDetect the emotional temperature of your audience, even when you’re in a virtual workshopBoost the interactivity with your audienceIncrease your profile, to appear in media outlets (without using a PR agency) Here are some questions I asked Nikki during the conversation:
    Can you tell us the story of how you got here and where you started from?You talk about getting set up for remote work, you mention that one time you’re in a call, a parrot escaped and landed on your head. Talk us through that, how did you recover? Did you embrace it? What did you do next?What’s your advice to our listeners to create that engagement?Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Visit Nikki Bush’s websiteConnect with Nikki Bush on LinkedIBooked Out Facilitator - free masterclass available til 21 June. Check it out at https://www.bookedoutfacilitator.com !
    Support the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)

    • 42 min
    Workshops that spread like wildfire (and book you out in the process) with Leanne Hughes (Episode 176)

    Workshops that spread like wildfire (and book you out in the process) with Leanne Hughes (Episode 176)

    Free masterclass 16 June > Steal my Booked Out Facilitator framework to land repeatable workshop bookings

    This week, I'm continuing the momentum from last week's solo episode, and responding to a listener question about how to create momentum and drive word of mouth, so that you can book out more workshops.

    Here’s the question I received this week:

    "Hello! I have no idea how to turn our initial client workshop into multiple ones.
    Our clients and participants loved the day, and we have a few months of follow up because the technical implementation is important to them... 
    But how do I now get others in? 
    I know they have a lot more people in their organisation, who need our work.
    I don't want to just wait and have it fizzle out..."
    Click here for show notesDon't forget to join The Flipchart community on FacebookLet's connect on LinkedInSee what services I provide over at leannehughes.comRegister now for my free webinar on 16 June 2021: Steal my Booked Out Facilitator framework to land repeatable workshop bookings 
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    Booked Out Facilitator - free masterclass available til 21 June. Check it out at https://www.bookedoutfacilitator.com !
    Support the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)

    • 21 min
    How to decide what you (and your facilitation business) actively pursues with Leanne Hughes (Episode 175)

    How to decide what you (and your facilitation business) actively pursues with Leanne Hughes (Episode 175)

    Today is a solo, just in time episode, on something that I’ve probably been a bit shy in sharing.

    However, when I’ve been on listening tours, and spoken to you, and even now in my foundation round of my new online program, Booked Out Facilitator, it seems a common challenge I hear is that it’s really hard to decide (and then define) what you actually do.

    This actually comes to life more so when you start messaging and promoting and website building.

    It’s not a messaging problem, it’s a decision problem.

    I empathise so much with this, as I continually question it for myself: "What are you doing Leanne? Where are you progressing? Stop being so vague!"

    No one has agonised over this harder than me.

    Sometimes I even wish someone would tell me what to focus on, and make that decision for me. Crazy, right?

    In today's episode, I pull on my explorer hat, and take you behind the scenes of conversations I've had, tools I've used, questions I've answered to help navigate my uncertainty. I share it in the hope that it helps provide you with some clarity and direction!

    Don't forget to join The Flipchart community on Facebook
    Let's connect on LinkedIn
    See what services I provide over at leannehughes.com
    Booked Out Facilitator - free masterclass available til 21 June. Check it out at https://www.bookedoutfacilitator.com !
    Support the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)

    • 38 min
    Out of the box facilitation + business building with Jimbo Clark (Episode 174)

    Out of the box facilitation + business building with Jimbo Clark (Episode 174)

    What I love about my conversation with today’s guest is his knack and ability for jumping in, trying things, being open for the possibilities. 
    I think that’s an incredibly important facilitator skill and he demonstrates it, not only with the way he runs his business and facilitates workshops, but his life as well!
    My guest today is Jimbo Clark from Innogreat.
    In this conversation, Jim also shares how he got started in facilitation and pretty much self-funded his experience, how he facilitates mindset change and really values connection over content in his workshops. Probably
    As you’ll hear, Jimbo’s goal is to be a catalyst of creative change, to support those he comes in contact with, to become who they need to be, to answer the burning questions of their lives.
    Psst…Jimbo is sharing TWO amazing offers for First Time Facilitator listeners - yeaaah!
    20% off Upgrade your B❒X: The Hybrid Experience
    This session combines:
    a) what we've learned from running hundreds of face to face B❒X sessions, and
    b) what we learned in the last 18 months running more than 100 virtual sessions
    into a bundled hybrid product that kicks box.
    Jimbo is offering 20% off the already discounted pre-release price
    How to claim? Navigate to: https://box.innogreat.com/upgrade-your-box/
    Use coupon code: upgradel2
    If you can't attend a session, Jimbo is also happy to provide 50% off his book, which is also available here.
    Coupon Code: boxbook50
    In this episode you will learn how to:
    Create shifts in our own mindsetCreate connections between content and participantsJump in and be okay with learning as you go!Start building your brand and business, paying attention to what clients actually wantClick here for show notes.
    Love the podcast?
    Join our free facilitator community on Facebook called The Flipchart Support the host's ideation addiction, buy Leanne a coffee!Check out Leanne Hughes' corporate work at leannehughes.comConnect with Leanne Hughes on LinkedInFollow Leanne on InstagramBooked Out Facilitator - free masterclass available til 21 June. Check it out at https://www.bookedoutfacilitator.com !
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    • 39 min
    To stand out, you have to stand up with Mark Garrett Hayes (Episode 173)

    To stand out, you have to stand up with Mark Garrett Hayes (Episode 173)

    Building a training business! We think we need to do all those things like cold call people, have the best one-liners, be on social media all of the time.
    Mark Garrett Hayes is my guest today and he shares that there are other ways you can build your training business, which doesn’t rely on what we traditionally think we should do.
    Mark is the founder of TrainingBusiness.com, a Media and Education platform serving facilitators, trainers, coaches, consultants, learning & development consultants and human development experts around the world, to start, scale and grow their business!
    I was  a guest on Mark’s show last month and loved our conversation around building a business, and wanted to continue it and hear his strategies for outreach and connecting with clients, to create a profitable training business, his podcast, Training Business is a fantastic source of inspiration to help you out with this, too.
    What I love about this conversation is how we can use our masterful skill of facilitation to grow our business. It really is the best skill around.
    Mark drops some fantastic, memorable one-liners too, some of my favourites include:
    Acronym BANT (Budget, Authority, Need, Timing)
    Sales - reframing it, calling it a service, making it fun, more accessible, and creative, too
    References, referrals and recommendations - the difference and which ones you should pursue.
    About our Guest: Mark Garrett Hayes Mark specialises in working with inside sales teams (telesales / digital sales) in technology businesses and has collective experience in working with professional services (legal / finance) and online retail business.
    His team works with business internationally and the beauty of working with telephone sales people is that we can deliver sales training / sales coaching online remotely whether your business is in the US, UK, EU and APAC.
    In this episode you will learn: Easeful systems and frameworks for generating and qualifying leads
    A realistic timeframe for building your business
    How to promote yourself without talking about yourself!
    Knowing your ICP - Ideal Customer Profile
    Booked Out Facilitator - free masterclass available til 21 June. Check it out at https://www.bookedoutfacilitator.com !
    Support the show (https://buymeacoffee.com/leannehughes)

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Andy Storch ,

Such a great resource for facilitators

This is such a great resource for facilitators. I have personally been facilitating programs for clietns around the world for the last nine years and I know I still have so much to learn and love finding resources like this and listening to Leanne's guests. Thanks for a great podcast!

Andy Storch
Host of the Talent Development Hot Seat and The Talent Development Think Tank

MsAusten ,

Great resource!

This has been super helpful- I’m learning a lot and putting it in action.

the life story coach ,

Informative and entertaining

Excellent advice presented in a format that’s easy to absorb. Leanne is a gifted interviewer.

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