Every group facilitator needs to know about this

I originally shared this important article in the Winter of 2016. I’m sharing it again now with some updated content. I hope you enjoy…

Let’s talk about one of the most important skills necessary for Master Facilitators to create transformational experiences: the ability to create a tight and connected community among participants in the room.

As a facilitator, if you’re able to create Sisterhood (if you work with women only) and community in the room, then you are poised to be able to create massive results with your participants.
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Leveraging the Shadow for Greater Client Transformation

One thing I go deep into when I support clients to become Master Facilitators or Master Coaches is to understand the Shadow, all its layers, and how to effectively use it in your facilitation and 1:1 work to help your clients move past limiting patterns and obstacles.

When I train my Master Facilitators on all this in person, a core tenet is that you can’t support your clients with their Shadows if you’re not willing to fully look at your own. And so we go very deep into magically and sacredly helping you journey to the depths of your soul to come face to face and then become friends with your Shadow.
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10 Things I’m doing right now

10thingsFor many people – myself included – it’s been a trying few weeks since the U.S. elections.

To be fair, it’s been a trying year.
I’m honestly kind of really over 2016.

Amidst all of this, I’ve been incredibly reflective – processing, listening to my emotions, understanding my fears…. READ MORE

my most traumatic incident of 2015 (BIG biz lesson) 

5-27-16VoiceImageI’ve waited nearly a year to share this
important story with you.

It’s one I want you to hear because it will
impact how you approach your clients, your prospects, your team
members, your
joint venture partners,
your vendors….not to mention
everyone else in
your life.

This story starts in March 2014, a month before Yael, my younger
daughter, was
born. READ MORE

My favorite Springtime Ritual for Business & Life

spring-06-310As you may know, I love rituals. I use them to create peace, balance, joy and success in all areas of my life, and I take special care to use the power of the Seasons to do all this.

Springtime is the moment of Re-birth.

It’s the time when the days are finally as long as the nights, the animals begin to come out of their hibernation and give birth to new little ones, colorful life and buds appear on trees and bushes, and it even smells like new beginnings and new life in the air.

Our lives reflect what happens in nature: It is so normal and natural for things to get dusty during January and February, even if you were on fire for them while making your New Year’s Resolutions.

Why?
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What’s the Sister Wound, and how does it show up in your biz?

uncoolIn grade school, there was a group of girls I called the "Clique" – they always seemed to be laughing, in the "know", have the best clothes, and generally gave off the feeling that not only were they cooler than everyone else, but that their circle was utterly impenetrable.

No outsiders allowed. And all outsiders were definitely not good enough.

Being the sensitive kid that I was, this affected me deeply. I didn’t actually know if I liked the girls in the Clique (because I didn’t really know them), but at the same time I really wanted to be part of it.

I longed to belong, to be seen, liked and appreciated by girls that were seemingly "better" than me. And not being part of it felt like a massive rejection and judgment on my "enough-ness".
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How I struggled when I first started my business

Joanna There was a time, not too, too long ago, when I wasn’t moving forward at ALL in my business. I remember waking up the first “official” day of my business 11 years ago, and didn’t know what to do with myself or where to start.

I had taken the risk. I had taken the leap. I had left the job with full-time benefits and health insurance to pursue my dream.

And yet I couldn’t move.

I didn’t know what to do, and I was too scared to even begin to figure it out. A ton of fears came rushing in: I wasn’t going to make any money. I wasn’t going to be successful. I was going to be inauthentic if I had to market. I was going to be a total flop.

With all of those fears running the show, I basically made myself really busy just to ease my state of fear and panic and give myself the illusion that I was moving forward. I told myself that if I was “busy”, then it meant I wasn’t lazy and I wasn’t falling behind.

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