A podcast about designing and facilitating learning experiences with host Beth Cougler Blom.

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How do you create workshops and courses that people really want to attend, where they’re highly engaged and actually learn something?

The answer is through facilitation.

Facilitators exist wherever learning happens. And great facilitation involves getting clear on what you’re doing with your groups, why you’re doing it, and how to do it with purpose and intention. Tap into this podcast, Facilitating on Purpose, as your go-to resource to becoming and being a better facilitator, wherever you work.

Join facilitator and learning designer Beth Cougler Blom and her guests to explore ideas about designing and facilitating learning. You’ll gain insights such as how to plan more effectively, build connection with participants, and include meaningful activities. 

New episodes published semi-monthly, on the second and fourth Wednesday of most months.

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Latest Episodes

Learning From Our Mistakes – Episode 6

Learning From Our Mistakes – Episode 6

In this episode, Beth shares some mistakes that she has made recently in her facilitation practice and talks about what she's doing about them to keep learning in her work. Beth also explores the following: showing our humanity as facilitators using inclusive language...

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The Business Side of Facilitation – Episode 5

The Business Side of Facilitation – Episode 5

In this episode, Beth chats with guest Tara Jaskowiak from Groundwork about the business side of facilitation, focusing on planning and communications strategies that facilitators can use to support their success. This look behind the scenes will be valuable for...

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Facilitation is the New Coaching – Episode 4

Facilitation is the New Coaching – Episode 4

In this episode, Beth chats with Moe Poirier of Shift Facilitation about the importance of leaders learning facilitation skills and how the fields of coaching and facilitation are a lot alike. Beth and Moe also explore: the core mindsets and skillsets of facilitators...

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Inclusive Facilitation – Episode 3

Inclusive Facilitation – Episode 3

In this episode, Beth and guest Susana Guardado of Bright Light Ideas talk about how facilitators can create inclusive learning spaces and experiences in which people feel valued, respected, and accepted. They also explore: Listening to learners to be able to...

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What Does It Mean to Facilitate on Purpose? – Episode 2

What Does It Mean to Facilitate on Purpose? – Episode 2

In this episode, Beth shares why she chose the name of the podcast, Facilitating on Purpose. She talks about what that means and why we might want to facilitate learning with our groups on purpose, as well as some initial ideas of how to do that. Listen in to learn...

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The Somewhat Accidental Facilitator – Episode 1

The Somewhat Accidental Facilitator – Episode 1

In this episode, Beth shares a little about who she is, why she started the Facilitating on Purpose podcast, who it's for, and what you can expect from it. Listen in to learn more about: How Beth became somewhat of an accidental facilitator How falling into training...

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