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Structure of Presence: a gift from three teachers

Sue Muck, Kris King, Sherrie Frank

Sue Muck, left, Kris King, and Sherrie Frank lead last year’s seminar.

Editor’s note: Facilitators Sherrie Frank, Kris King, and Sue Muck will offer Wings’ second year of The Structure of Presence Facilitator Training Seminar May 2-6 in Eugene. We asked them to share some thoughts about the seminar here.

What will people who take this seminar receive? 

Sherrie: They will receive the Wings “playbook” and learn how we structure dynamic learning environments, facilitate personal transformation and growth with precision and integrity, and consistently deliver seminars that create lifelong positive results and greater experiences for our clients.

They will also receive:

  • Opportunities for facilitation practice with feedback and positive support for immediate integration and application
  • Personal instruction and support from Wings facilitators and facilitators in training
  • Instruction materials
  • Time with each facilitator to observe unique facilitation style and to develop and hone their own personal style

 

 Who might most benefit from the seminar?

Sherrie: This seminar will benefit professionals in health care, coaching, or HR, plus others who help facilitate transition, crisis, trauma, and challenging interpersonal issues. It will also benefit anyone interested in:

  • Taking their own development to a deeper level of awareness and accountability
  • Ways to design exceptional trainings that create profound results
  • The learning and growth that comes from feedback from multiple perspectives
  • Enhanced skills in assisting individuals in transformation at the deeper levels of belief and identity
  • New skills to support clients and create greater results in business

 

What were some of the highlights of this seminar last year?

Sherrie: The first thing that comes to mind is when Sue said from the front of the room, “Let’s try not to have our sh#t together today.” Brilliant way to launch the seminar. It’s always exciting for me to offer a new training. I’m curious to see how the idea becomes reality and what kind of creative synergy the group creates. One of the highlights ended up being the structure we created, with each facilitator taking one complete day and focusing on a specific aspect of facilitation: self with self, self with other, and self with process. It made learning the entire skill set less overwhelming and easier to access. I also remember a lot of laughter during the “scenario practice circles.” I think being on point in this way brought the energy and intensity level in the room way up, and humor was a great strategy for easing the fear of doing something new for the first time while being observed by others! We selected five attendees to join our facilitator training cohort and help us in this year of piloting the program. We plan on taking applications this year as well, with a few openings to fill.

 

 

What do you think are some of the most important qualities of a Wings seminar facilitator?

Kris: Depth of heart, clarity and capability, integrity, authenticity, and curiosity are qualities that come to mind as qualities Wings facilitators embody which make us unique, effective, and so very human!

 

What do you look forward to sharing with participants this year?

Kris: My undivided attention and my knowledge of process design, implementation, and debrief. I am also looking forward to answering questions that will pave the way to insight and hopefully humor. Teaching is such a lovely evolving process. Being a lifelong open learner is a kick in the pants!

 

What do you think participants will most enjoy at the seminar this year?

Sue: The Structure of Presence offers a rich balance of information and theory along with practice and feedback. It is one of the most dynamic and helpful learning environments for true facilitation skills that I have been involved with teaching. And one of the things that is very cool about The Structure of Presence is the opportunity to pull back the layers and look at the inner workings of seminar leadership and process facilitation. The amount of elements that make facilitation work can be staggering—suddenly there’s much more to it than we ever imagined! And we wonder if we’ll be able to do it.  SOP provides a framework and practice path for learning how to progress facilitation skills.

 

What do you think are the benefits of a team approach to this seminar, with three skilled facilitators offering their wisdom and experiences with participants?

Sue: This is one of the most exciting part of the Structure of Presence, and one of the most rewarding parts for me personally. I feel very fortunate to work alongside Kris and Sherrie and learn from their wisdom. Three different facilitators offering their expertise in three different areas of learning provides people the opportunity to consider what structures and methods they want to take and make their own, and the chance to consider what styles might highlight their strengths. Sherrie, Kris, and I each have different ways of facilitating, and this is a great reminder there is no “best” way. I love helping people find that unique approach that can only be their own.

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