As a facilitator and coach, I am always looking for ways to develop my uniqueness and to truly understand the art of group facilitation. During this exploration I became interested in the area of creativity and how to enable people at work to access and use more of their right brain and this led me to do a Masters in innovation, creativity and leadership in 2015 which was useful from an academic perspective. However, I wanted to find something that was more experiential.
I came across a creative tool for facilitators and coaches designed by an Israeli company Points of You http://www.points-of-you.comand signed up to a 5 day programme on how to use the tools all through experiential processes. At the end of this programme I said to the facilitator, Effrat Shani, one of the founders that I wanted to do what she was doing. That feels like a long time ago now. I have just come back from Portugal where I was part of the facilitation team to deliver the very programme I attended in 2016. My journey to become a “master” facilitator of this programme has 7 stages of which this is the 4th. I can honestly say it is a journey of intense growth, challenge, insight and joy.
To be able to work with a facilitator team from different countries, who I don’t know and work with 24 participants from around the world in a beautiful setting for 5 days to support their development as professionals but more so as humans is a huge responsibility but it stretches you out of your comfort zone to trust your own ability. Each time I return from this, I am excited about how it will apply in my work and my life back in the UK.
Points of you has now been translated into 20 languages and the Turning point programme is now run in 12 countries around the world. https://points-of-you.academy/level-3/
I am really honoured to be part of the Masters programme with 53 other facilitators from around the world who have been selected to do this and I have made some beautiful friendships along the way.