Design to Engage


Design to Engage: How to Create and Facilitate a Great Learning Experience for Any Group is a “how to” book that will help you become an effective designer and facilitator of learning events. Practical, accessible, and jam-packed with tools to support facilitators to create impactful learning experiences, Design to Engage is a revelation and an inspiration.

3D image of book front cover

“A refreshingly candid look at the challenges and important considerations involved in effective facilitation, especially useful for beginners and educators, all wrapped in a physically beautifully-designed book.”

-Dave Pollard, co-author, Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Gatherings

Sample Book Pages

Chapter 1 Facilitators of Learning
Chapter 2 Takeaways
Create a Lesson Plan
Group Agreements - Common things to look out for
Room Setups

Praise for the Book

-“The orientation of the guidebook is highly practical…with illustrations of her principal points drawn from real life, and she concludes each chapter with concise summaries. A clear, practical and well-organized education handbook.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This is the best book I’ve come across in my facilitation practice.”
-Chelsea Peddle, End-of-Life Planner and Death Doula, CircleSpace: Empowered End-of-Life Planning

“Your book is outstanding! Really well done. I highly recommend it to many. I hope it’s a textbook for people in the L&D landscape.”
-Stacey Berisavac, Manager, Organizational Development, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)

-“It’s clear that you practice what you preach and that a ton of thought went into the format and design long before you penned a word. You are a consummate professional and it shows through this wonderful labour of love you are sharing with the world.”
-Ingrid Vaughan, HR Architect and Leadership Coach, Smart HR

Free Downloads

Lesson Plan Template

Download this lesson plan template to help you start planning your next session.

Verbs of the Cognitive Domain

Download this table of cognitive domain verbs to help you write learning outcomes.

Verbs of the Affective Domain

Download this table of affective domain verbs to help you write learning outcomes.

Verbs of the Psychomotor Domain

Coming soon

Activities Checklist

Download this activities checklist to help you choose appropriate activities for your group and context.

Preparation Checklist

Download this preparation checklist to help you prepare to facilitate your session.

For Media and Bookstores

Bookstore Sell Sheet

Media Kit

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