Facilitating for Your Own

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Facilitating for Your Own

Last night I was running an activity that I’ve done hundreds of times for other groups, but for some reason it didn’t have the same pop that it normally has. After thinking about it some more, I think the reason it lacked the pop was because I’m a peer with the members in the group, instead of being an outside expert. With that said, I think the peer vs expert dynamic caused two issues which led to the lack of a pop…

Issue 1 – Jesus wasn’t Respected in Jerusalem

No, I’m not comparing myself to Jesus, it’s just a saying that even someone as respectable as Jesus wasn’t respected in his home town because he was just one of them vs Jesus. The group didn’t take the activity serioulsy and were loose with the rules and the value because it was coming from a peer verses an outside expert.

Issue 2 – Playing the Part

Because the people in this group were my peers, I didn’t act like I was the expert, instead I acted like a peer. I acted differently last night than when a school pays me to come in and do similar activities. I gave in to the fact that I was their peer, instead of an expert.

Put both issues together, and you can see how it quickly turns into a downward spiral between me not acting like an expert, them not treating me like an expert, me recognizing I’m not being treated like an expert, thus me not acting like one, and so on.

If I could do it over again, I would have gone into the activity with the same level of expertise as I do for any other program instead of defaulting to accepting I’m just one of the group.

Tom Krieglstein
Tom Krieglstein
Tom started his first business, an online retail store, as a junior in college which he grew to $1.5 million dollars in annual sales. Through his second company, Swift Kick, Tom has spoken to over half a million leaders around the US and the world including South Korea, Indonesia, and Bermuda. Tom was named the #1 leadership speaker an unprecedented 5 years. He’s a TEDx speaker, Guinness World Record holder, and has co-authored the Amazon.com award winning book “First Year Student to First Year Success.”And on a personal note, Tom lives in New York City, was named after a cat, and loves peanut butter.