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067: How Strengths-Based Facilitation can Improve the Results of your Workshop with Murray Guest

Strengths-Based Facilitation with Murray Guest



Everyone has their strengths, but not everyone gets to work in a way that is congruent with them. Well, that is unless they attend one of Murray Guest’s workshops.

Murray is a strengths-based facilitator with a litany of qualifications and a lifetime of experience in helping teams work to their individual and collective strengths, facilitating lasting change in organisations of all shapes and sizes.

But strengths-based facilitation is a nuanced practice and isn’t what some people might believe it to be. I wanted to dive deeper into what this practice looks like and uncover the lessons we can all take from it to enhance our own work.

In this episode, find out about:

  • What strengths-based facilitation is and how Murray practices it
  • Why strengths-based workshops are at their best when they are flexible and responsive
  • Why embedding learning is the only way to truly deliver lasting results
  • How enforced remote work is helping and harming teams, and what we can do to shape a new normal that is healthy and productive for everyone
  • Why challenges and care are interlinked, and are blunted without each other

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Questions and Answers 


[01:42] When did you first call yourself a facilitator?

[07:21] How can we manage our energy as facilitators to prevent our participants feeling discomfort?

[11:23] What does strengths-based facilitation mean?

[21:43] Would you design a workshop around the participants’ strengths?

[22:34] How do you use strength-finding tools to drive outcomes?

[26:41] How can we take some of the communication skills and practices we have learned in remote work back to our offices?

[33:27] Why are certain conversations harder in virtual spaces?

[39:03] What makes a workshop fail?

[42:29] What is your favourite exercise?

[49:13] Is there anything else you wanted to share?

[52:26] What is the one takeaway you want listeners to have?




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