At World in Conversation, our facilitators are constantly reflecting upon their work and refining their facilitation. We believe it is important to communicate with others Facilitator Findings, anecdotes shared by facilitators themselves that illustrate moments of pride and success in their work and self-growth. We hope this Facilitator Finding enables you to get a better sense of the journey and work of a World in Conversation facilitator.
“This is the pit of my dialogues right now.” I looked at the picture of Kasey smiling brightly while holding a plum, while in our virtual meeting she smiled brightly while holding the pit of the plum. Here’s what she shared about the process of her getting to the central seed of her current facilitation.
“Something I realized related to SOC 300 is that I am able to have the best conversations when I have a connection with the people who are in my dialogue.” Kasey explained that as she began her first semester of being a World in Conversation facilitator, she was apprehensive about inviting complete strangers into a dialogue with no prior relationships with which to support her facilitation and the conversation. “I was struggling with building rapport with people,” she reflected.
However, last Friday, she felt inspired to really focus and work on her rapport building because she knew from her past experiences that those connections she build with people were central to the way that she facilitates. “My best dialogue was last Friday. I was enthusiastic, open, and genuine. I think what clicked was the power of building rapport.”
“I saw myself doing it [building rapport] through the way I was sitting up, smiling, introducing participants with one another. If someone would come in, I would introduce them and invite them to talk rather than just talking with them; I did not do it for them; I allowed them to do it. I don’t want them to feel like they are just in class.”
As Kasey further reflected on her self-found facilitation success that Friday, she realized she also needed to take time to prepare herself for dialogue and rapport building. “Even before participants walk in, I want to have a genuinely curious happiness in myself. I want them to each feel special and focused on. I want to introduce names and help them build connections. I think I actually learned that from Sean [a fellow WinC facilitator].”
Again, she showed me the pit. “This is the pit of my dialogues. During class last week, Laurie had brought in these plums from the farmers’ market; she just genuinely and happily invited us to share in something from her life. The way she and her sharing made me feel carried over into my dialogue that day. I got Laurie’s fruit, and that helped me to plant seeds for other people.”